Viseu

Located on a plateau surrounded by mountains, among which stand out Estrela and Caramulo, Viseu is a central city in relation to its district. In a wooded and slightly hilly area, the town developed on the left bank of Paiva, an affluent of the Mondego river. This is an important agricultural center (rye, corn, cattle and fruit) and crafts center (lace, carpets, wicker and black clay). Despite the rapid modernization the city has retained its history, its heritage and its traditions.

Viseu is the capital of the district that includes the following counties: Armamar, Carregal do Sal, Castro Daire, Cinfães, Lamego, Mangualde, Moimenta da Beira, Mortágua, Nelas, Oliveira de Frades, Penalva do Castelo, Penedono, Resende, Santa Comba Dão, São João da Pesqueira, São Pedro do Sul, Sátão, Sernancelhe, Tabuaço, Tarouca, Tondela, Vila Nova de Paiva, Viseu, Vouzela. 

 

Crafts

This region is rich in craft traditions. Basketry is one of the most typical arts in Lamego and is associated with traditional methods of making the Harvest. Wine is also associated with cooperage and oak barrels and casks. In Lazarim, Carnival masks carved from alder wood are one of the ex-libris, a true work of art. This district also features sculptures in clay, weaving, rustic furniture, work in pewter and wrought iron, tin, headwear, embroidery, pottery, ceramics, rag rugs, linen items, hoods in sackcloth and wool caps, pieces in red clay and stone, work in cork, wood and roots and “croças” (capes made ​​of reed for the rain).

 

To visit

Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary – Lamego

Penedono Castle

Montemuro Doors – Castro Daire

São Pedro do Sul Hot Springs – São Pedro do Sul

Cava de Viriato – Viseu




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