Lamego is the ideal city to spend a few days of leisure, while exploring the cultural heritage and feeding your gluttony with the best local snacks.
Lamego is located on the south bank of the Douro River, in the district of Viseu. It was in the 18th century that it experienced greater economic expansion, as a result of the production of “fine wine” which, later, would lead to the world-renowned port wine??
Today as before, Lamego continues to be a destination full of charms and points of interest, whether heritage, as is the case of the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, or gastronomic, such as the famous local balls. Follow our guide to explore Lamego to the fullest.
Lamego: unmissable attractions to see and discover
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
This sanctuary stands on Mount Santo Estêvão and is a place of pilgrimage and also a phenomenal viewpoint. Very famous is the staircase (686 steps) that gives access to the Sanctuary.
This building was built between 1750 and 1905 in response to the growing devotion to the Virgin, to whom promises were regularly made by believers who were sick or in need of divine intervention to resolve a health problem.
Next to the Sanctuary is also the beautiful Santo Estêvão Park, ideal for resting after climbing the access stairs to the mount and also for walking and relaxing.
The path to the Sanctuary is absolutely incredible, as it is accompanied by works of art, such as sculptures, fountains, obelisks, tiles and even a chapel.
The Sanctuary building is made of granite and has baroque and rococo marks. Upon entering, it is possible to admire the high altar which displays a wooden sculpture of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and three stained glass windows with representations of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Annunciation.
Cathedral of Lamego
This building was built between 1175 and 1191. Originally in the Romanesque style, later interventions changed its original configuration.
Right at the entrance, it is possible to admire the 18th-century flagged churchyard and the imposing tower. Also worth mentioning is the former Paço dos Bispos, dating from the 18th century and Baroque in inspiration, where the Museum of Lamego currently operates, which exhibits works of art from the Cathedral and other religious buildings in the area.
Inside the cathedral, three naves are visible, which are separated by three spans and covered by cross vaults, which rest on round arches and large pillars.
The ceilings are impressive, painted in the 1700s by no less than the Italian painter-architect Nicolau Nasoni. The side altars are also a beautiful representation of baroque taste.
In the main chapel, there is an altarpiece made of marble and gilded carving and a chair, already in a neoclassical style. There is gilded carving everywhere: from the doors to the windows, not forgetting the arches and organs.
O Lamego Castle It is a National Monument and is located at the highest point of the city, within walls. Its construction dates back to the 10th century, to the period of clashes between Christians and Muslims.
Currently, the exterior of the castle harks back to the era of Romanesque and Gothic styles. It is possible to visit this monument, walking around the walled enclosure of the Plaza de Armas and admiring the view over the Historic Center of the City.
On the three floors of the Torre de Menagem, there are the poles of the Interpretative Center of Lamego, which displays information about the history and urbanism of the city.
Cistern of Lamego
In Bairro do Castelo, there is this medieval cistern. A very valuable example of a large reservoir with a vaulted structure, containing granite ashlars. At the top, there are openings that allowed the population to be supplied with water.
Currently, it is possible to visit this space, which houses an exhibition on water and the history and past of the cistern.
Door of the Castle Quarter
The Porta dos Figos, Fogos, da Villa or Aguião serves as the entrance to the Bairro do Castelo. The structure displays an arch that rests on two bulwarks. Inside, it is possible to see an 18th-century oratory, however restored. If you go south, you will find another door, the Porta do Sol.
What to eat?
Lamego is the land of good snacks, but also good sweets. If you go there, you cannot miss snacks such as ham, balls and sausages. For meals, enjoy the wild rabbit, roast kid with rice in the oven and corn with spare ribs.
To sweeten your mouth, surrender to the Teixeira biscuit, the “Lamegos”, the Lamego pie and the conventual sweets, such as the grids, the celestes and the chila fish. Finish the meal in style, toasting to the best wine in the region, Port wine!