Beirã town, belonging to the region of Dão-Lafões, Viseu tourism enchants for its hospitality and for its corners full of history. It lies on a plateau surrounded by a mountainous system constituted by the Serra da Estrela, Caramulo, Montemuro, Lapa, Leomil, plow and Lousa, and therefore the dominant colors green dos pinhais and grey granite and schist. Here you can find numerous archaeological remains which bear witness to the romanization and the medieval character of this village. It is believed, including that the famous Lusitanian leader viriathus, who defended the region against the invaders and was therefore considered one of the earliest national heroes, was a native of Viseu. Let not, then, to visit the Cava de Viriato, a vast fortified camp that functioned as a lookout and defense point for the Romans. In addition to the vast archaeological heritage, Viseu is also rich for his architectural works, for its gastronomy and handicrafts. The architectural level, highlighted by the Cathedral, to the Grão Vasco Museum, for Solar dos Condes de Prime, and to port of the Knights. Gastronomically, could point out dozens of dishes, always watered by wines of Dão-Lafões. Some of the most emblematic are the cozido à portuguesa, the spare ribs with turnip greens and olive oil bread, chouriça, the chanfana of lamb, the Church elders with pork and, for dessert, the caçoilinhas do Vouga and pastéis de Vouzela. Viseu is a welcoming land, where agriculture continues to occupy a prominent place, although in recent decades, its industry suffered a great development. It also has good hotels and catering, ready to receive visitors.
What to do in Viseu
Cava de Viriato
This garden, located near the square of the St. Mathews Fair, has an octogonal shape and is surrounded by walls and by a protection ditch. Once it was a Roman military camp. Since the 16th century, it has bem wrongly associated with the lusitane warrior Viriato. In the 20th century, a tribute monument to that warrior has been built there …
Catedral de Santa Maria de Viseu / Sé de Viseu
This gothic building was subject to several modifications as the time went by and thus has romanic, gothic, manuelin, manneristm renaissance, baoque and modern features. In the main façade one can view the images of Saint Mark, Saint Lucas, Saint John, Saint Mathew, Saint Teotónio and Our Lady of Assunção. A special note to the chorus chairs, the golden carvings …
Solar do Vinho do Dão
This typical manor houses the Comissão Vitivinícola Regional do Dão (an organization for the Dão region wines). The building was recovered according to the exterior architecture and the decoration is modern and bold. There is a chapel by the building whre there are no masses regularly but which functions as a guest room of this space.
Centro Histórico de Viseu
In the centre of Viseu one can admire the beauty of its narrow streets, of its buildings of great historic and architectural value and find some shops of traditional commerce.
Solar dos Condes de Prime
This building, dating back to the 18th century and also known as Casa do Cimo da Vila (House of the Top of the Village), has a chapel with great masonry on the windows, doors and cornices. In its interior, the baroque and rococo tiles of the palace area and, in the main chapel, the tiles and carvings of the epoch …
Museu de Almeida Moreira
This house, where Almeida Moreira lived, opeened its doors to the public as Ameida Moreira Museum in 1965. There is a collection of naturalist paintings, religious paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, furniture, ceramics with Oriental porcelains, earthenware of the 17th and 18th centuries and national objects of the 19th century. There are also glass creations, jewellery, bed coverts …
Museu do Quartzo
Situado no Monte de Santa Luzia, outrora palco de exploração do mineral, o Museu do Quartzo abriu portas em 2012. Pretende, desde então, ser um espaço interativo de exploração do património geológico e natural da região, sendo o único museu do mundo a dedicar-se exclusivamente a um mineral. Com uma forte vertente pedagógica, permite aos visitantes das várias faixas etárias …
Museu de Grão Vasco
This museum, founded in 1916, initially functioned in the Cathedral and only in 1938 did it move to the Paço dos Três Escalões. Among the many exhibited works, a special note to the paintings of Grão Vasco, that came from the Cathedral, from the Bishop's Palace of Fontelo and from churches and convents of the Beira region and the paintings …
This is the theatre where the major cultural events in town take place, from music and theatre to dance and poetry. There are also workshops, ateliers and temporary exhibitions. There is a bar with videos and discussions and the "Canto …
Lapa do Repilau
This megalithic Monument is classified as a Building of Public Interest. It is composed by an enlarged polygonal chamber and by a long corridor. It doesn’t have coverage and is displays buttresses in each side.
Casa da Rua Dom Duarte / Paço da Torre
According to tradition, this was the birthplace of the king Dom Duarte. In the granite building, a manuelin window topped by a coat of arms stands out.
Muralha e Portas Antigas da Cidade de Viseu
Parts of the old 1400s wall, with a special note to some parts near the Soar de Cima Door and the Cavaleiros Door, the only that still exist from a set of seven original doors. These doors have profile arches, …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Viseu
This rococo church, dating from the 18TH century, stands out, inside, the neoclassical, with sobriety and polychrome carving without gold. On the throne the chancel altar you can admire a statue of our Lady of mercy, 18TH century work.
Lagoa e Cascata do Troço
This small lagoon, located in the Troço river, has a natural waterfall and offers a wild and serene landscape. On the river banks one can view the ruins of ancient oil presses and mills.
Where to eat in Viseu
Restaurante com um ambiente rústico e acolhedor. Aposta na comida tradicional e em receitas familia…
Simple and welcoming restaurant, whose main features are the game dishes and decoration allusive. T…
The old kitchen is highlighted in this restaurant of typical environment. The regional cuisine dish…
Antiga casa de granito recuperada de forma exemplar, ladeada por um magnífico jardim, que nos dias …
Cosy restaurant serving regional dishes, highlighting the Masada of monkfish, rib rice in vine d'al…
This is a well known 29 years old restaurant. Its quality makes it quite attended by a large number…
The rustic restaurant such as Arouquesa's House, situated in Viseu, presents a different menu, wher…
The restaurant Mesa de Lemos, a sophisticated, modern and cosy space, opened to the public in may 2…
Transversal a várias gerações, O Cortiço é, com a sua localização central, indissociável da própria…
Where to sleep in Viseu
Luxurious hotel, situated in the Centre of the city of Viseu, inserted in one of the seven gates of the wall Steven-the gate of the Sound off. Offers exquisite…
Luxurious and refined Hotel located in the Centre of Viseu, offering 172 rooms modernly equipped and spacious, with King-size beds. In addition to the penthous…
The Pousada de Viseu is the result of the recovery of a majestic building, formerly former São Teotónio Hospital, opened in 1842. The redevelopment project, si…
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Oliveira de Frades
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The beautiful village of Cinfães is located on a sloping hillside overlooking the river Douro and limited to the south by Serra de Montemuro. Its his…