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Located within 400 and 700 meters above sea level, Viseu, in the centre of Portugal, is a must-visit Portuguese city. It is surrounded by mountains and crossed by the rivers of Vouga and Dão, where the acclaimed wines of the region get their unique character. With a vast historical heritage, the city was populated by different cultures through times, including the Romans, Subs, Visigoths and Moors. Viriathus, the rebel leader of the Lusitanians who resisted the Roman expansion, is believed to have lived and fought in Viseu.
Viseu is also home to landmarks of sacred art and religious architecture. The numerous churches that adorn the historic centre, such as Viseu’s Cathedral and the Misericórdia Church, are magnificent. Although known to be built in grey stone, the city conveys a fresh and harmonious feel, due to its large green spaces. Viseu baths are also one of the city’s main attractions, drawing holidaymakers every year to spend some refreshing days. The city is also a cultural centre, home to the nationally acclaimed Grão Vasco Museum and a pole of national universities, including the Catholic University of Portugal.
Baixa is the most central and renowned neighborhood in Lisbon. It was completely rebuilt by the Marquês de Pombal after the 1st November 1755, one of the world’s strongest recorded earthquakes devastated the district and, along with the massive tsunami, killed thousands. Baixa is packed with stores and restaurants and is always busy during the day.This neighborhood houses the capital’s most emblematic squares and streets. The district starts in Restauradores Square (Praça dos Restauradores), continues up Avenida da Liberdade, through Praça Marquês de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square) and from this point forward is considered “Modern Lisbon”. Here you will discover some of Lisbon’s major attractions such as Terreiro do Paço square (or Terreiro do Paço), Rossio along with a variety of popular bars and restaurants. Top things to do near Baixa.
Portugal's Silver Coast, or "Costa de Prata" is a spectacular stretch of coastal ancient towns, breathtaking beaches, and rugged coastline, hugging the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal's western side. By many expats, this is one of the most desirable places to live in Portugal, together with Lisbon and Algarve. The region remains largely unknown and therefore untouched by tourism, which means that visitors can bask in the extraordinary sand of "silver." Clean beaches, water sports activities and world-class golf courses make this a popular destination to be explored by holidaymakers.The silver coast is wilder and untouched, with far less development than the crowded southern Algarve. It is also a popular destination for surfers, and beaches such as Peniche and Nazaré are always busy with tourists from northern Europe.Living by the beach is good and even better in São Martinho do Porto. Just one hour north of Lisbon and close by some of Portugal’s best waves, beaches and golf courses, Bay Shore is the luxury oceanfront development that is capturing the attention of those who seek a nice place to live by the sea, those who dream of a second home at the beach and also investors looking forward to a great opportunity!
Cascais is considered a coastal resort area in Portugal, located just west of Lisbon. A traditional fishing town that has grown in popularity by tourists and is widely known for its sandy beaches, busy marina, abundant seafood restaurants, and relaxing atmosphere. Historically, the town of Cascais was made as a popular seaside destination in the 1870s when King Luis I of Portugal and his Royal court made the seaside fishing town it's summer residence. The town showcases beautiful renaissance architectural sights dating back to the 17th century, such as the Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães, Palacete Seixas, Casa Lencastre, or Casa de Santa Maria. The coastline of Cascais is home to about 17 beaches to delight in, the most popular destinations being Guincho Beach and Carcavelos Beach, where most surfers are drawn to due to amazing waves! Cascais is the perfect place to get away from the big city, whether it be a weekend escape, or an upcoming property investment by the seaside. 5 Reasons to Buy Property in Cascais
Located in western Lisbon, Belém is famous as a museum district, as it is home to many of Portugal’s notable monuments such as The Belém Tower, The Jeronimos Monastery and the Bélem Palace (which is the current official residence of the country’s president). Originally, Belém was the location of Lisbon's shipyards and docks, and from here departed the 15th century voyages that discovered sea routes to India, East Africa and Brazil. This rich heritage is still shown in Belém through extravagant buildings funded by the vast wealth that flowed into Portugal from the newly discovered colonies. For visitors, Belém is one of the finest areas of Lisbon, as it offers outstanding tourist attractions, informative museums and magnificent views.
Vilamoura is a luxury resort located in the western part of the Algarve. It’s known for its large marina, golf courses and casino, and for amazing sandy beaches. This privately owned resort was built in the 1980’s and has over the years become one of the finest resorts in Europe.
Carvoeiro is a town and a former civil parish in the municipality of Lagoa, Algarve. It is located about 5km south of Lagoa. Formed from a picturesque fishing village, with a long history of settlement, the parish slowly transformed into a tourist area in the municipality of Lagoa, owing to its number of sandy beaches protected by cliffs! From the 1960s onwards, tourism became the main source of the economic base in the area with many new shops, hotels and roads being built to help attract potential and existing tourists back to the area. Overall, the weather in Carvoeiro is warm and pleasant all year round, with the Algarve area getting around 300 days of sunshine a year! It is the perfect place to relocate too if you want to get away from gloomy days.
Santos is an elegant neighbourhood located in the Estrela parish. In the 18th century, it was home to mansions of the upper-classes, just as the Lapa neighbourhood. In this period, the nobility and the bourgeoisie chose these areas to settle in. Nowadays, many of the palaces are hotels, embassies or museums. Rua das Janelas Verdes is the street that mostly lives up to this heritage. It is home to one of Portugal's most important national museums - the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) - located in a magnificent palace. Santos has also been assuming itself as the design district of Lisbon, hosting well-known décor stores, such as Paris-Sete, AR interiores, Re-Use, Roche Bobois, galleries, museums and artists' cooperatives. The district was officially branded as the Design District of Lisbon in 2005. Besides its artistic role, Santos also takes part in the political life of the country. It is home to the parliament of Portugal, hosting the emblematic Assembly of the Republic building.
The Lisbon South Bay area comprises three districts: Almada, Seixal and Barreiro. These three are known for their close historic connection to the Tagus River. From the ancient industries in Barreiro that fed the naval expeditions to África and Índia in the 16th century, to the amazing long sandy beaches of Caparica, Lisbon South Bay welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists in summertime and surfers all through the year. Seixal, the district between Almada and Barreiro, was where Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, built his expedition ships with the help of his brother and father. The Tagus river’s presence greatly affects the region’s economy and the professions that the locals choose. In this sense, this region saw a surge of professions like fishermen, sailors, millers, caulkers, ax carpenters, which, for years, constituted the main way of life of the populations.
In one of the highest points of the city and crowning one of the most beautiful squares in our country, we find the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Viseu. Built at the beginning of the 12th century, the Cathedral of Viseu underwent numerous changes between the 13th and 17th centuries. Inside, we can see the first Renaissance cloister of Portugal and a magnificent vault from the 16th century, as well as a sculpture of the arm of São Teotónio, the first Portuguese saint. On the upper floor, in the old Capitular Hall, you’ll find the Museum dedicated to the Cathedral’s Treasury, whose collection portrays the 900 years of the cathedral and the Passeio dos Cónegos. Additionally, as located on the upper floor, the museum offers one of the most beautiful views over the city.
The Grão Vasco National Museum is in the historic centre of Viseu, in the Paço dos Três Escalões, next to the Cathedral, installed in an imposing granite building. The Grão Vasco National Museum was founded on March 16, 1916, with the aim of preserving and enhancing the historical, artistic and archaeological heritage of the Viseu region, especially the important paintings of Vasco Fernandes - the Grão Vasco. The Grão Vasco National Museum displays, as its main collection, a remarkable set of altarpiece paintings from the first half of the 16th century. Besides these art pieces created mainly for the Cathedral of Viseu, there are others that came from churches of the region and other museums.
The Museum also displays paintings, sculptures, jewellery, Portuguese faience, oriental porcelain, furniture and ivories from the Romanesque to the Baroque period, and symbolic objects originally created for liturgical practices.
Cava de Viriato is one of the most emblematic monuments of Viseu. Although it has been associated with the historical figure of Viriato, the leader of the Lusitanians who resisted the Roman expansion, many doubts remain about who ordered the construction of such a powerful monument.
Cava de Viriato is a monument of an octagonal plant, built for military purposes, with an area of 32ha. The association with Viriato is nothing more than a legend. The famous Lusitanian warrior is represented in an attack position and surrounded by the courageous “warrior-shepherds” in a 1940 statue. It was designed by Marianno Benlliure, sculptor of the late 19th century and the last great master of Spanish realism.
Aquilino Ribeiro Park has centuries of history. It was once part of Quinta de Maçorim, where the convent of Santo António dos Capuchos was built, in 1635. The imposing oaks that we can still see today were planted by the Capuchin friars of S. Francisco on the fence that once guarded the convent.
Converted into an urban park in 1955, it contains varied flora species, such as holly, cherry and oleander. You will enjoy the explosion of colours, aromas and the tranquillity conveyed by the moving water.
It is a space where people like to spend their spare time, where they can breathe fresh air, have fun, walk and practice sports. It is considered the lung of the city.
Don't forget to remember Aquilino Ribeiro, one of the exponents of national literature, who, since 1974, gives the Park its name.
With more than two thousand years of history, S. Pedro do Sul baths are one of the main spas in Portugal and the largest in the Iberian Peninsula.
The spa is open all year round and has two thermal buildings for three purposes: therapeutic thermalism, physiotherapy and wellness.
Several reputable doctors have increasingly recommended thermal treatment instead of taking medicines. The option for a non-aggressive, preventive treatment and without side effects such as thermal healing, lead to a significant improvement in the quality of life.
With an annual average of 16,000 visitors, S. Pedro do Sul baths combine the unique properties of its water with the splendid nature surrounding the spa town. It is situated in the outstandingly beautiful Vouga valley and has the reputation of being one of the best in the country.
The beautiful Serra do Caramulo has about 1071 meters of altitude, and it is located between the old regions of Beira Alta and Beira Litoral. Caramulo is known for its landscapes of outstanding natural beauty, picturesque mountain villages and several courses of crystalline water.
Throughout the mountains, you will find picturesque villages of great charm and tradition, some of which have been restored in recent years for tourist promotion and heritage protection. Hence, there are great places for accommodation and a variety of adventure and nature tourism attractions.
In the Cambarinho Botanical Reserve, you have access to a beautiful natural world where you can find the largest concentration of oleanders in Europe. In an area of 24 hectares, you’ll find the beautiful oleanders blooming, especially in May and June, filling the mountains with colour.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
The best way to get around Viseu is through the bus network called STUV. For more information about all the routes, visit the website.Â
There is also a tourist train covering the main areas of the city, which enables you to get to the best sights of Viseu. It departs from Rossio and travels throughout the whole city.Â
In order to make getting around the city easier, Viseu has a funicular, that operates since 2009. It connects the historical Cava do Viriato monument with the outskirts of Viseu, which is very useful for locals.
Viseu has two main shopping malls: Palácio do Gelo and Forum Viseu. Here you’ll find all the well-known worldwide brands.
Regarding local commerce, Viseu has local markets where you can find all kinds of food products: greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries and much more.
Viseu is also known for its local handmade products in ceramics, leather, wool, weaving, among others. Artesanato Viriato, Cem Reis, Andaver Viseu are some well-known craft stores, where you can find unique art pieces made by national creators.
The Aerodromo Municipal Gonçalves Lobato is Viseu’s airport. It handles regular flights to Bragança, Vila Real, Cascais (Tires) and Portimão from Monday to Saturday. However, if you’re coming from abroad, Lisbon’s airport is the best choice for you. It handles the highest number of international flights in the country and it is where the main airlines fly to.
There is an Express bus operating from Lisbon, Sete Rios, to Viseu several times a day. The price ticket ranges between 14€ and 17€, and the trip takes around three hours and a half. Going by train is not the best option as Viseu doesn’t have any train station. The city is currently served by the Beira Alta railway line, with the closest stations being Mangualde and Nelas, which are 20 km away from the city.
Viseu typically tends to have mild and rainy winters and warm and sunny summers. In the summer, even though temperatures are high, nights are cool. The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is 7.1°C, and of the warmest month (July) is 21.7°C.
The winter, from December to February, is quite mild. Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny. Precipitation is relatively abundant throughout the year. It ranges from 20 mm in the driest months (July, August) to 195 mm in the wettest (December). Snow in Viseu is quite rare, however, it is more frequent than in central and southern Portugal.
On average, there are around 2,730 sunshine hours per year: therefore, the amount of sunshine is very good in the region.
Restaurants & Bars
The best restaurants in Viseu are of regional cuisine. The famous regional dishes such as cabritinho grelhado (grilled kid) and bacalhau (dried salt-cod) are absolutely delightful. They keep seducing tourists over the years, making them fall in love with the regional delicacies.
Our suggestions for the best restaurants in Viseu are:
- Três Pipos
- O Hilário
- O Pateo
- Paço dos Cunhas de Santar
- O Cortiço
Viseu is located in the interior part of the country, not having any coastline nearby. To the west of Viseu, around 100 km away, lies the northwest coast of Portugal, namely Coimbra district beaches. Here you will find beautiful wide-open sandy beaches. Costa Nova and Figueira da Foz beaches are the most well-known, but it is also worth it to explore Murtinheira, Tocha and Leirosa.
If you are a river beaches enthusiast, you should visit the beautiful places offered by the centre of Portugal: Senhora da Ribeira, Folgosa and Sangemil beaches are great spots to spend summer days.