Inserted on the border between Terra Fria (Hot Land) and Terra Quente (Cold Land) from Trás-os-Montes, the toponym of Valpaços appears mentioned in documents from the 12th century, although these lands were already traversed by ancestral peoples. The municipality modernized, but the people continued to take advantage of the traditions created over time and the fertility of the land, insisting on the production of chestnuts, olives, cherries and grapes. Take the opportunity to taste the region's traditional dishes which, based on the best of its products, showcase delicacies such as the famous "folar", sausages and hams, game stew and chestnut-based recipes, such as soup, cake or mousse. Crafts also seek to perpetuate the traditions of weaving, lace work and tinwork.
What to do in Valpaços
Praia Fluvial do Rabaçal
Very popular during the Trás-os-Montes summer, the Rabaçal river beach, in Possacos, is a very pleasant place for rest. This river is also suitable for water sports, such as rafting and canoeing, and fishing.
Miradouro da Capela de Santa Bárbara
Space with unique views of the green hills that stretch into the horizon.
Igreja Matriz de Valpaços / Igreja de Santa Maria Maior
Church with 19th century and neoclassical architecture. It has a nave and chancel. It has an interior with a high choir, a pulpit on the Gospel side, two side altarpieces and two side chapels with altarpieces, and a main altarpiece, all neoclassical, with polychrome carvings.
Jardim da Câmara Municipal de Valpaços
Green space, very flowery and wooded. With tables and benches inviting to moments of leisure and peace.
Miradouro de Algeriz
Space where the horizon is “painted” with the characteristic green of the surrounding elevations.
Miradouro do Santuário de Santa Comba
Location that enjoys great views of the neighboring mountains.
Igreja de São Vicente / Igreja Matriz de Vilarandelo
Temple built in granite stonework and surrounded by a series of crosses, also in granite. The front is torn by a round arched portal. A bell tower with two windows, topped by a Maltese Cross, completes the façade.
Igreja Matriz de Santa Valha / Igreja de Santa Eulália
On the facade there is an oculus flanked by two coat of arms. The interior has a single nave with a wooden ceiling. Highlights include the 18th century paintings in the main chapel, the carvings of the main altar and …
Igreja Paroquial de Rio Torto / Igreja de São Pedro
Parish church with 16th century, baroque and neo-baroque architecture. It has a single nave and chancel, wooden and stucco ceilings, with an attached sacristy. Inside it has a high choir, a pulpit on the Gospel side, a main altarpiece and …
Barragem do Rabaçal
The Rabaçal river originates in Galicia, near the municipality of Vinhais. It is ideal for practicing water sports, such as rafting or canoeing.
Caves de Valpaços
Based on a long history linked to wine production and thanks to the region's climatic conditions and privileged soils, it was natural that Adega de Valpaços emerged in 1956, with the aim of providing an outlet for the large supply …
Auditório Arte e Cultura Luís Teixeira
Built by the worthy Valpacense businessman Luís Teixeira. It has a Gulbenkian library and a toy library. Place where various cultural events take place.
Where to eat in Valpaços
Where to sleep in Valpaços
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