The municipality of Tarouca, located in the district of Viseu, captivates visitors through the beauty of its landscapes and natural resources. The Serra de Santa Helena and the great Varosa Valley are a good example of this. But the richness of this municipality extends to other areas, such as its historical, cultural and architectural heritage. The region specializes in the production of the best national sparkling wines, but also white and red table wines. You should also try the delicious local gastronomy, such as hams, Varosa trout and cornbread. Reed covers, "burel" hoods, wool socks, linen cloths and towels are just a few examples of the local crafts that you can still find in the parishes of the municipality, the result of the art of the elderly inhabitants.
What to do in Tarouca
Caves da Murganheira
Where the Douro and Beira touch, there are excellent climatic and geological conditions, conducive to the genesis of the most intense flavors and aromas, which result in Murganheira wines and sparkling wines, which have always been associated with the highest quality standards.
Mosteiro e Igreja de Santa Maria de Salzedas
In its time, it was one of the largest Cistercian monasteries in Portugal, the grantee of vast lands around it, with the obligation to cultivate and populate them. Its construction began in 1155, shortly after the donation of the land made to the Order by Egas Moniz, assistant to D. Afonso Henriques, and his wife Teresa Afonso. It was consecrated …
Mosteiro e Igreja de São João de Tarouca
It was the first monastery of the Cistercian Order founded in the Portuguese territory, in the 12th century, in a place with a strong monastic tradition evidenced in the monastery's invocation to Saint John, since, as a rule, the Cistercians dedicated their abbeys to the Virgin Mary. The facade of the church, rebuilt in the 17th century, retains an inscription …
Miradouro de Cristo Rei
Space that allows you to see the entire municipality of Tarouca and surrounding hills. There is a panoramic swing here.
Aldeia de Ucanha
A village located between the meanderings of the River Varosa, it was the county seat until the 19th century, the time of liberal reforms. This cluster was located within the boundaries of the Cistercian Monastery of Salzedas. The tower and …
Arco de Paradela
Memorial arch from the Middle Ages. It is associated with the passage of Count Pedro's funeral procession. For some, it is a monumental landmark that was erected to demarcate the limit of the Couto do Monastery of São João de …
Ponte de Ucanha
Bridge over the Varosa river, made up of five broken arches, the central arch being taller and wider. The inclined board forms an obtuse angle, with a parapet. On the right side of the bridge stands a tower. Both were …
Praia Fluvial de Ucanha
Ucanha River Beach is a pleasant space with some trees and shade. Ideal for cooling off and taking a dip in contact with nature in its purest form.
Casa do Paço de Dálvares / Museu do Espumante
Medieval Palace with a U-shaped longitudinal plan. Today it is the headquarters of the Sparkling Wine Confraternity and the Murganheira Sparkling Wine Museum. The Casa do Paço de Dalvares was an honor created at the beginning of the Monarchy. In …
Praia Fluvial de Mondim da Beira
Mondim da Beira River Beach is a pleasant space with some trees and shade. Ideal for cooling off and taking a dip in contact with nature in its purest form.
Serra de Santa Helena
Located in one of the foothills of the Serra de Montemuro, a Sanctuary stands out at the top of the Serra de Santa Helena. From this point you can see a beautiful landscape with the town of Tarouca at the …
Padrão de Tarouca
The Tarouca Pattern consists of three steps, a cubic base with a cross on each face, a smooth shaft and, at the top, an armillary sphere and a cross.
Torre Fortificada de Ucanha
Tower from the 12th century, located next to the Ucanha fortified bridge. It shows a square plan, homogeneous coverage with a hipped roof and three floors. In the past, it was the entrance to the Salzedas Monastery.
Parque da Serra
Parque da Serra is very pleasant and has a leisure and a picnic area. There are also pedestrian circuits at this location.
Where to eat in Tarouca
Where to sleep in Tarouca
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