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INTRODUCTION TO LAMEGO

Lamego nestles between two hills, on one stand the ruins of a 12th-century castle and on the other, an impressive baroque church, the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Lamego has been an important market town since medieval times and remains the hub of agricultural activities in the area. It was here in 1143 Portuguese nobbles met and proclaimed Afonso Henriques the first king of Portugal.

THE TOWN

Lamego

Lamego aerial view

The Romans came to Lamego in the 3rd century and replaced the indigenous settlement which once stood here. Lamaecus continued to grow in importance as a major trading post right through the Visigoth and Moorish eras to medieval times and beyond. The region was fought over furiously during the reconquest. Lamego changed hands between the Arabs and Christians many times, until 1057 when Ferdinand I of León & Castile took the town in a decisive battle. Later in 1139, it was in Lamego where Alfonso Henriques was declared the first King of Portugal.


Town Museum (Museu de Lamego)

The towns rich history fills the Lamego's museum, one of the best regional museums in the country. It is ideally located opposite the Cathedral in a former 18th-century palace where the Bishops once resided. Inside the museum, 16th-century Flemish tapestries hang that once furnished the Palace.

Amongst the collection of paintings dating from the 16th to the 18th century, one can find works from the famous Portuguese Renaissance painter Vasco Fernandes (c.1475-c.1542), better known as Grão Vasco. Other collections in the museum include 12th-century sculptures and pieces of religious and folk art.

Tuesday - Sunday: 10h00 - 12h30/14h00 - 17h00, Mondays: CLOSED
Largo de Camões, Lamego, 5100, Portugal.
41° 05' 50.2" N | 07° 48' 22.4" W | +351 254 600 230 | mlamego@ipmuseus.pt |  Website

LAMEGO CASTLE (CASTELO)

Perched on its strategic vantage point on a hill overlooking the town are the remains of Lamego's castle. The site was first fortified by the moors in the 11th century, the walls from this first structure still stand. Also from this period is an unusual underground cistern which has monograms of master masons carved within its walls.

The keep however dates back to the reconquest period in the 12th century. Although the structure was important in cementing a fledgeling Portugal's grip on the area precedence shifted to defending Portugal's expanded borders and Lamego's castle fell into decline. Its function has changed over time, it's was a prison in the 16th century and later the county jail. In 1920 a clock was installed in the tower. Inside the keep, there's an information centre and from the top, there are excellent views overlooking the town. The area immediately surrounding the castle, the Bairro do Castelo, is the oldest in Lamego and retain a medieval ruggedness and oozes old-timey charm. Bordered by original defensive walls entrance to this district is through a north gate (Porta do Sol) and a south gate (Porta da Vila).
Tuesday – Sundsay: 10:00 – 12:00/15:00 – 18:00, Monday: CLOSED | FREE
Rua do Castelo, Lamego 5100-128 Portugal
41º 05' 56.9" N | 07º 48' 32.8" W | +351 254 609 600 | geral@cm-lamego.pt |  Website

Lamego Castle

Lamego Castle

LAMEGO CATHEDRAL

Lamego Cathedral

Lamego Cathedral

More Lamego connections to Grão Vasco can be found in the cathedral where he painted the main altarpiece between 1506 and 1511. The original cathedral dates back to 1129 and was first commissioned by Afonso Henriques. It has been altered many times since, leaving us with an interesting hodgepodge of various styles. The tower and its windows are the oldest surviving feature, with their delicately carved capitals providing one of the finest examples of 12th Romanesque. The bishop Dom Manoel de Noronha in the 16th century requisitioned alterations to the cathedral, including the additions of the upper section of the tower, which emblazons his coat of arms.

Also from the 16th century is the impressively carved triple portal with a mix of Renaissance and Flamboyant Gothic features. This transitional style is repeated in the cloisters, as evident in its small arches. It is also found branching off this tranquil space are the chapels of St John, St Anthony and St Nicholas.

Inside, the style is predominantly 18th century baroque. The vaulted ceilings were painted in 1738 as commissioned by Nicolau Nasoni. Frescoes depicting stories from the old testament are well preserved and found within the chancel can be found in 18th-century marble, a gilded altarpiece and two beautiful organs dating from 1753.

Daily: 08h00 – 13h00/15h00 – 20h00
2 Rua Cortes, Lamego 5100-132 Portugal | 41º 05' 47.6" N | 07º 48' 23.4" W
+351 254 612 147 | curia@diocese-lamego.pt

TOP TOURS

Full Day Douro Valley Historical Private Tour with Wine Tasting

Full Day Douro Valley Historical Private Tour with Wine Tasting

Join us on a private tour through the enchanting Douro Valley, a unique landscape of mountain and river where Port wine was born. Visit Lamego, one of the most important centres of the Douro region with the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary, Pinhão, home to many renown wine estates and visit one winery with wine tasting. Pick up from Porto.

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From Favaios to Pinhão Walking Tour

From Favaios to Pinhão Walking Tour

Spend half a day exploring Portugal’s famed Douro Valley on a private walking tour. After meeting your guide at Pinhão train station, enjoy experiences that include a tasting/tour at an olive oil museum, strolling through vineyards, stopping at Croft’s Quinta da Roeda for a Port tasting and tour. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at Quinta do Bomfim. Take a guided walking tour through Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region. Get an insider’s view on the valley’s wine culture from an informative guide. Enjoy wine tastings and a picnic lunch—they’re included in the tour price. Get outside and take a walk through the region’s spectacular scenery.

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Sparkling Wine Route (full Day Private Tour, All Inclusive)

Sparkling Wine Route (full day, all Inclusive)

We want to take you off-route from the Monumental city, to discover the little treasures hidden there! The flavours, the glamour of the sparkling wine, the typical gastronomy cooked in iron pots on the fireplace and the smoked products from the region, are the great highlights of this unforgettable tour! The rest… the rest is waiting for you to discover!

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SANTUÁRIO DE NOSSA SENHORA DOS REMÉDIOS

An unmissable sight from the town is the church Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Its impressive Baroque staircase boasts fourteen Stations of the Cross that leads your aching knees up through the forested park, Monte de Santo Estevão, onto the terrace that is home to statues of kings and queens. At the top, the magnificent 18th-century church crowned by a pair of bell towers, built in the Rococo style. Each September, during the feast day, pilgrims climb the 686 steps seeking healing and absolution. If not found, one can be compensated by the impressive views overlooking Lamego and the Douro countryside.

Devotion at the site dates back to 1361, with the construction of the original chapel dedicated to St. Steven. It was demolished in 1568 over fears of it collapsing and being a hazard to the mass of pilgrims who flock here every year. A replacement was built in the 16th century, in the guise of a small octagonal chapel in honour of the Virgin Mary.

The first stone of the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios was laid in 1750 and took over 150 years to complete. At the entrance to the nave, a tomb of the founder José Teixeira Pinto, who died in 1784, can be found. Inside, the visitor's eyes are treated to an impressive gold gilded altar depicting its patron saint flanked on either side by St. Joseph and St. Jerome. Also found inside are beautiful tile panels depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin. There are also stained glass windows that enrich the walls of the main body and the chancel, with images of Our Lady of Conception, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Annunciation. There is also an impressive pipe organ and a magnificent silver tabernacle. The sanctuary is open all year round and has free admission.

Low season: 08h30 - 18h00, High season: 08h30 - 19h00
Monte de Santo Estevão, 5100-025 Lamego, Portugal
41º 05' 29.7" N | 07º 48' 59.7" W | +351 254 614 392 | santuariodosremedios@hotmail.com




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Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios


Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios - Interior


DOC Távora-Varosa

TÁVORA VAROSA WINES

Vines were first planted in the area known today as Távora-Varosa by Cistercian monks, who built monasteries and churches amongst the vines. Hence the name of this new Vinho Regional (covering precisely the same area as the DOC): Terras de Cister (Cistercian Country).

This small but significant wine region, sandwiched between the Dão and Douro, is gifted with a dramatic terrain. Predomitly granite soils, high altitudes and a seasoned continental climate. The land is ideally suited for making high-quality sparkling wines that are gaining international appreciation. An excellent accompaniment to the famed local hams and cheeses.

For the white wines, this region offers unique conditions to achieve a high standard in quality. They are naturally acidic and fresh, with an intense bouquet and a citrus character. Equally, the red wines achieve a delicate fragrance and nobility in body and mature nicely over time. Most notable brands of the area are Murganheira, Raposeira and the Cooperativa Agricola do Távora

Caves da Murganheira

Caves da Murganheira

The fertile lands of the Varosa valley are the source of the Murganheira table and sparkling wines, which are renowned for the highest quality standards. Murganheira was founded more than 50 years ago associated with the monks of Cister. It since has established itself in the market, both within Portugal and internationally.

Murganheira wines and sparkling wines are aged in its unique blue granite cellars, which are a veritable ex-libris of the organisation. They provide a naturally perfect environment for wine maturation and guarantee the brand’s range of genuine flavours wine lovers have come to expect. Open for Visits to vineyards, cellars and wine tasting. Prior bookings are required.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10h00 - 17h30, Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial da Varosa, S.A. Abadia Velha, 610 - 175 Ucanha, Portugal.
41º 02' 45.3" N | 07º 44' 41.5" W
+351 254 670 185/6 | visitasmurganheira@gmail.com |  Website

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Caves da Raposeira

Caves da Raposeira

This prestige wine company from the Lamego region dates back to the 16th century. Sparkling wines have been produced by Raposeira for more than 100 years. Lamego, a land of great nobility that holds a significant place in Portuguese history, was, accordingly, the birthplace of this wine. Even though the raw material comes from the original Champagne grape varieties, this wine has made its mark as a quintessentially Portuguese product.

Over the ages, Raposeira has gained a sound position on the market thanks to the high quality of the sparkling wines produced. This quality has allowed it to attain almost permanent leadership of the sector nationwide. Open for Visits to vineyards, cellars and wine tasting. Prior bookings are required.


Tuesday to Saturday: 09h30 - 16h30
Lugar da Raposeira, 5101-909 Lamego, Portugal.
41º 05' 43.3" N | 07º 48' 44.6" W
+351 254 655 003 | cristina.osorio@caves-raposeira.com |  Website

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IGREJA DE SANTA MARIA DE ALMCAVE

Igreja de Santa Maria de Almcave

Igreja de Santa Maria de Almcave

Dating back to the second half of the Romanesque 12th century, the Igreja de Almacave is situated below the castle with finely carved capitals and a 16th Renaissance pulpit. Its façade is famed for being the rallying point for the knights of Alfonso. This little church is entwined with the history of both Lamego and Portugal itself. During the 18th century, the church was radically renovated and was adorned with azulejos tiles. Later the carved gilded altars were added. The three archivolt Romanesque portals, side doors and lintels are remnants of the original construction. Rua das Cortes, Lamego 5100-132, Portugal | 41° 05' 57.7" N | 07° 48' 37.4" W

The Vintage House

The Vintage House ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The wonderful five-star luxury hotel is located within a former 18th-century wine estate, with amazing views overlooking the Douro River in Pinhão. Check Availability

SUGGESTED HOTELS

Lamego Hotel & Life

Lamego Hotel & Life ★ ★ ★ ★

Located less than a mile from the centre of Lamego, The Lamego Hotel & Life offers four-star luxury and comfort. With health facilities such as a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, tennis courts, and squash courts. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The hotel also has its own orchard and vineyard.

Quinta da Vista Alegre, 5100-183 Lamego, Portugal.
41° 02' 51.9" N | 07° 45' 28.7" W | +351 254 656 171

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The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca

The Wine House Hotel & Wine Barrels - Quinta da Pacheca ★ ★ ★ ★

The luxurious Wine House Hotel in Lamego, in the heart of the Douro region, is surrounded by extensive private grounds with vineyards. This typical 18th-century house was restored, respecting its traditional architecture and original features. It blends modern design with a historical ambience. There are also quaint wine barrel-shaped bungalows for a unique experience. Can you imagine yourself waking up in the middle of a vineyard and experience the rurality of one of the most famous wine regions in the world?

The air-conditioned rooms at the charming The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca are individually decorated. All rooms have an en suite bathroom, while some also have a private balcony. Free WiFi is available. A daily breakfast buffet is served at the property. Guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine made with local produce at the restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It is also possible to taste and buy the wine produced at Quinta da Pacheca.

Quinta Da Pacheca, Cambres, 5100-424 Lamego, Portugal.
41º 09' 20.3" N | 07º 47' 52.6" W | +351 254 331 229

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Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea

Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea ★ ★ ★ ★

Viscondes da Varzea is a charming hotel set in an aristocratic country manor dating back to the 17th century. It is surrounded by vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves at the heart of the Douro Region. Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea is an example of Portugal's Gothic-Manueline architecture. On-site wonders include a chapel with a baroque altar, centuries' old wine cellars and the oil press, still in use.

The atmospheric rooms of the hotel include antique furnishings and a deluxe bathroom with a spa bath and courtesy bathrobe and slippers. Decorative elements include stone bannisters and baroque goblets. There are also an elevated salt-water swimming pool and a tennis court. During the wine harvesting months, guests can participate in the wine pressing and join in folklore dinners, accompanied by concertina music. Hotel Rural Casa is located in Lamego and is close to the Murganheira Cellars, where sparkling wine tastings are regularly held.

Quinta da Varzea, 5100-878 Lamego, Portugal.
N 41º 06' 30.6" | W 07º 48' 16.1" | +351 967 606 385

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A Nave

A Nave

Serving the best in local produce and cuisine, combined with good old fashioned courtesy - all dished up in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Tuesday – Sunday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00, Monday: CLOSED
79 Avenida 5 de Outubro, 5100-065 Lamego, Portugal.
41º 05' 47.0" N | 07º 48' 33.3" W
+351 254 613 145
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Restaurante O Pescador

Restaurante Vindouro

Seeing as this restaurant is located in the heart of Lamego, near the cathedral and museum, the modern yet beautiful interior is somewhat a surprise. The cuisine is contemporary yet takes influence from gastronomy from the Douro region. The wine list comes with friendly and knowledgeable suggestions. Some nice touches are the large fireplace and piano.

Weekdays: 12h00 - 14h30/19h30 - 22h00, Weekends: 12h00 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h30
Rua Macario de Castro, Lamego 5100-179 Lamego, Portugal.
41° 05' 47.2'' N | 07° 48' 19.4'' W
+351 254 401 698
restaurante-vindouro@hotmail.com


Douro Excellence

Douro Excellence

Great food served in a jovial atmosphere, A great choice of tapas and wines provide the ingredients of a wonderful night out or to spend a long time over lunch.

Daily: 12h00 - 16h00/19h00 - 23h00, Tuesdays in low season: CLOSED
Rua Macario de Castro Largo da Vitoria, Lamego 5100-149 Portugal.
41º 05' 47.4" N | 07º 48' 20.0" W
+351 969 686 787

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There are no trains to Lamego. The nearest train station is 13.km (8.5 miles) away in Régua. Use the Regional (Comboios Regionais) Linha do Douro service: Train Timetable | Comboios de Portugal Website

Rede Expressos run services to Viana do Castelo from various locations within Portugal. Website