Vila Viçosa already exists as village since the early days of the Christian Reconquest situated in a Valley, known as Lush. Was in 1270 that Dom Afonso III that gave it the category of village, securing him the name of Vila Viçosa and awarded him the first Charter. The most prestigious monument is the Ducal Palace, former residence of the Dukes of Braganza from the beginnings of the 16th century. Its construction began in 1501 and completed as early as the 18TH century. The main façade is sheathed in marble in the region and is inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, with three floors, each of them representing one of the classical orders: Doric, ionic and Corinthian. Gastronomy is another dish strong of the municipality. Among other delicacies, especially the traditional cation soup, tomato soup and migas to the Alentejo. To accompany them the always good wine Alentejo.
What to do in Vila Viçosa
Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa
This hostel is located in the convent of the wounds of Christ, having been recovered cells, retreats and oratorios. The result is a traditional, tranquil space, composed of 34 rooms and five suites. The restaurant Conventual recipes are prepared of high quality.
Núcleo Urbano de Vila Viçosa
After the reconquista, in the late 13th century, there was a military reorganization, from which this set of medieval cores with the respective walls is part. This village has two urban extensions, being the second in the 16th century, who brought an increase in construction. At this point, for example, the Ducal Palace was built. Fortunately, this expansion was cared …
Paço Ducal de Vila Viçosa
This is a fifteen hundreds building profoundly altered during the 18th century. From the original construction, in Manueline – Mudéjar style, only the vaults were conserved, as well as the doors from the ground floor divisions and the cloister. On the inside there are several paintings, with special mention to the fifteen hundreds frescoes representing Azamor takeover, but also the …
Castelo de Vila Viçosa
Quadrangular Castle surrounded by a moat and two cylindrical turrets. The access is made through a classical façade. It is a rare specimen in the panorama of Portuguese military architecture, with the fence, the towers and medieval doors to coexist with the Renaissance fortification. Enhancement for the Castle of the Dukes of Braganza, with marble columns, topped rooms and ribbed …
Taverna dos Conjurados
Located in the Tomé de Sousa Manor, a house that over 500 years old. These walls have already surrounded a cellar and a stable. It has a rustic atmosphere and regional Portuguese dishes.
A space with a perimeter of 18 kilometres, one of the very first "coutos" (hunting grounds) in Portugal. It remains a hunting ground and has a wide architectural heritage that spreads along the two parts of the "Tapada", such as …
Cruzeiro do Carrascal
Punch one step, the Centre of which stands the base of enormous proportions formed by convex plinth. It has a Latin cross involved in arm larger and on the cruise by serpent-winged Dragon and Emboss.
Antigo Palácio dos Matos Azambuja
Old villa built in 1599, with rectangular plan, with two floors and two bodies and a central courtyard, the family estate Matos Azambuja. Belatedly came to be owned by family Hintze Ribeiro and, in October 2007, was sold. Inside you …
Convento das Chagas de Cristo
Franciscan convent of the second order-Poor Clares. Rectangular plant, consists of chancel, vestry and cloister. Your estate is vast and includes interior chapels and altars warrants build by religious and mural paintings, among other vestiges. Today works as a foundation …
Convento dos Agostinhos
Founded during the reign of d. Afonso III, more precisely in 1267, was dedicated to our Lady of grace. His destiny was to be the Dukes of Bragança pantheon. The façade of the monastery and the Church with high bell …
Estátua Equestre de Dom João IV
Imposing statue of King d. João IV Restorer, built in bronze by sculptor Francisco Franco Funchal. The granite pedestal is designed by the architect Pardal Monteiro. The symbolism of the horse is related to the belief that it was in …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
The front is divided into three sections, each of which opens a simple squared frame gantry uploaded by simple gable of triangular cornice. On every porch, is a rectangular window frame deep chamfer. The facade is divided by pilasters and …
Igreja e Claustro do antigo Convento Real das Chagas de Cristo | Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa
The church has small dimensions with a strangled apse and doing the corner of this vast ensemble. The nave and apse cyma are overruned by a stone slot mortise deeply framed, decorated by gargoyles with zoomorphic figuration. The nave is …
Pelourinho de Vila Viçosa
It was built during D. Manuel Kingdom and it is composed by a platform with four steps, base, pedestal, square monolithic shaft and square capital. The finishing is in sphere cup decorated on the two hemispheres with vegan symbols and …
Museu de Arqueologia
Located on th ground floor of the Castle, it has a collection of objects found during digs in the area. It includes a section with the archaeology collection of the king Dom Luís (19th century).
Terreiro do Paço
This terrace has about 16 thousand square meters and has great architectural richness. It is, among other monuments of interest, the Paço dos Duques de Bragança, the equestrian statue of King João IV, the door of the US and the …
Museu do Mármore de Vila Viçosa
A museum inaugurated in 2000, dur to the concern of Vila Viçosa with its natural marbl heritage. One may view different types of marble, utensils, photographs, machines, sculptures and more.
Solar dos Mascarenhas
16TH century manor, built by noblemen of the Portuguese court in the 16th century, situated in the historical centre of the village, adapted the hotel, combining minimalist design and antique style to modernity. Offers 18 rooms and 4 suites, properly …
Mata Municipal de Vila Viçosa
A forest with a picnic area, in full touch with nature. One may breathe fresh air and enjoy a wide variety of vegetal species.
Where to eat in Vila Viçosa
Narcissus Fernandesii restaurant, inserted into the five-star hotel Alentejo Marmòris Hotel Spa &, …
A restaurant with a peaceful atmosphere and a modern decor that serves well prepared regional dishe…
Nice space, situated on the street of the same name, where you can enjoy a good pork Alentejo, the …
Spacious restaurant, with a terrace at the entrance, to serve dishes of Portuguese cuisine with qua…
Located in the Tomé de Sousa Manor, a house that over 500 years old. These walls have already surro…
Despite being a seafood restaurant and serving soup of cation as specialty, has other good quality,…
This restaurant is an alternative for their clients, case tickles your fancy run away from a tradit…
Where to sleep in Vila Viçosa
This hostel is located in the convent of the wounds of Christ, having been recovered cells, retreats and oratorios. The result is a traditional, tranquil space…
Where formerly operated the olive growers cooperative, is now the Alentejo Màrmoris & Hotel Spa. The hotel, decorated by architect Miguel Câncio Martins, stand…
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