Penafiel is located in the Centre of the Douro Litoral, between the rivers Tâmega and Sousa. The archaeological remains attest to the distant settlements in the region, such as the Dolmen da Portela, the dolmen of Santa Marta, the Menhir of Luzim and Monte Mozinho (one of the largest forts in the Northwest Peninsular). The historic city centre has a granite set of noble houses, churches and convents that are worth a visit. In the municipality of Penafiel no shortage of historic-cultural monuments which should meet: the monastery of San Salvador de Paço de Sousa, the Coreixas Tower and the House and Honor of Barbosa. The manor-houses evoke history: the Casa do Murom was the place of refuge for the poet Alexandre Herculano, the Casa do Seixo, in Recesinhos, (the birthplace of poems by António Nobre) or Quinta da Aveleda (name of the wine production farm that labeled the wines Aveleda and Casal Garcia), are just a few examples. A special reference to the monuments that make up the route of the Romanesque of the Sousa Valley: the Benedictine monastery of Paço de Sousa (where is the tomb of Egas Moniz), the Church of s. Gens (Boelhe), the Church of Gândara (Cabeça Santa), the Church of S. Miguel de Entre-os-Rios (Eja), the tombs of the Church of S. Pedro de Abragão, the Memorial of the Hermitage (Irivo) and Espindo bridge (between Bustelo and Lodares/Lousada). The termas de São Vicente is a must-see: the properties of its waters were already recognized by the Romans. These spas have more sulphurous waters of Europe, which makes them a unique place for those who want to reconcile health and well-being. The typical dishes of Penafiel are the lamb or the lamb roast with rice, "cozido à portuguesa", fried or pickled shad, lamprey, dishes that must be accompanied with wine of the region. The "sopa seca", "sarrabulho doce and the "tortas de S. Martinho" are some of the traditional pastry which join the fair sweets: the "bolinhos de amor", the "pão-de-ló", the "pão podre", "rosquilhos", "brinquedos" or the "doces de S. Gonçalo". In linen garments, wool blankets and basketry represent the crafts of the region.
What to do in Penafiel
Mosteiro do Salvador de Paço de Sousa
The first references to the monastery date back to 994 in the testament of Abbot Randulfo, escaped from a southern Monastery during the incursions of Almanzor. Although the original church does not correspond to the current Romanesque temple, its architecture left marks on the building that was to be erected in the 13th century, which denotes a transition style from …
Igreja de São Miguel de Entre-os-Rios
The place where it was deployed this temple, originally in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 13th century, is of great importance both as strategic geographic, in following the politics of King Alfonso III of Asturias in secure population in the Douro Valley and create security conditions in the area during the Reconquista. Late Romanesque architecture displays, resulting radical …
Termas de São Vicente
The São Vicente thermae were first authorized in 1901 (and later in 1927). Nevertheless, the population already used these waters to rest and treat several different illnesses since the Roman days. Its 50 há are rich in granitic terrains water. Consideered the most alcaline of all the Portuguese sulphuric waters,they are specifically indicated for the treatment of respiratory diseases, rheumatism …
Quinta da Aveleda
The most well known and important Farm in the parish, with its vineyards. A special note to the Farm's Manor (18th century) and the Romantic Garden that surrounds and where one can find the "Torre das Cabras" (Goat's Tower), the "Casa de Chá" (Tea House) (in a Victorian style and decorated with Portuguese tableware), the "Fontanário as Quatro Estações" (Four …
Dólmen de Santa Marta
Pre-historic granite menhir of which only the chamber is still left, while the covering rock is supported by three parts. There are four more fragmented parts. The region was inhabited by neolitic peoples that left vestiges of the dolmen and …
Zona Fluvial de Rio de Moinhos
Na embanked area by the Tâmega river with no supporting structures. A good place for fishing.
Parque Fluvial de Boelhe
Located near the romanic church of Passinhos, this pleasant place, with many weeping willows, is ideal for picnics and has what is needed for practising nautical sports. It has a games field.
Igreja Matriz de São Martinho
It was built in 1569 by João Correia. It is a Renaissance church from which the portico on the flat wall stands out, sided by four ionic columns and a glassed rose window. The interior is composed by three naves, …
Igreja de São Gens de Boelhe
Built between the mid and end of the 13th century, this church is stated as one of the finest examples of rural Romanesque decoration, showing a variety of motives abroad, since the bull-headed men carrying stones, as well as geometric …
Parque da Cidade de Penafiel
A park located by the Cavalum river. Destined for leisure and for ambiental and cultural education. It has a children's playground, a picnic area, WC, a parking lot and a garden with aromatic plants.
Museu Municipal de Penafiel
A museum created in 1948 by Abílio de Miranda, its first director. It has several archeological displays that are always enriched with new findings. The museum has also areas devoted to ethnography, history and numismatics.
Igreja do Salvador de Cabeça Santa
Ordered to build by d. Mafalda, daughter of King Sancho I in the 13th century, the Church of the Savior of Gândara (as was previously known) is, according to various experts, a modest copy of the Church of Cedofeita, Porto, …
Percurso Pedonal das Varandas de Ferro
A walk along the mentioned streets. On the right hand side there are well preserved houses with iron balconies.
Torre de Coreixas
A manor founded in the 13th century, with a tower with battlements of the 15th century. The Tower is made of stone, abandoned and almost entirely covered of vegetation. By the Tower there is the "Marco de Coreixas".
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Where to eat in Penafiel
O restaurante O Sapo, localizado na aldeia de Irivo, é um espaço rústico e familiar, onde o receitu…
A simple space that serves Portuguese traditional dishes with a specail note, in its season, to the…
A rustic space with river views that serves regional dishes at moderate prices. A special note to t…
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A rustic restaurant with a hovel, wood and iron chandeliers. The menu suggests regional dishes with…
A well know restaurant in the centre of town that functions as a restaurant and as a snack-bar, wit…
Where to sleep in Penafiel
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Marco de Canaveses
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