Lamego: Travel and tourism

Balsemão: St. Peter Church
Balsemão: St. Peter Church
At the heart of the Douro valley, Lamego is an attractive town surrounded by vineyards, producing port, red and sparkling wines, and fruit orchards.

A pilgrimage site, it is dominated by the great Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, dedicated to the Virgin, with an 18th-century church rising at the top of an imposing double stairway formed by 686 stone steps and nine terraces decorated with different Baroque sculptures.

Otherwise, the county is full of churches and small chapels and the importance of the local religious architecture is particularly visible at Lamego's Gothic Cathedral (founded in 1129, still preserving the original square tower and including three naves painted by Nasoni and a beautiful Renaissance cloister), the Romanesque Church of Almacave (where Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, is said to have gathered the first Cortes, or national assembly, in 1143) and the temple of São Pedro de Balsemão, at about four kilometres from the seat of the county, considered the oldest church in Portugal (7th century).

Lamego's illustrious past is also portrayed by the 11th-century Castle, the Keep (12th-13th centuries) or the fine Baroque mansions at the town's historical centre.

Lamego boasts of an excellent Municipal Museum, housed at the former Bishops' Palace (18th century) and displaying paintings by Grão Vasco (16th century), religious art and Renaissance tapestries, among other interesting collections.

At table, Lamego is famous for its excellent hams, the traditional bola de carne (rich bead dough layered with cured pork) and delicious recipes of roast kid with oven-baked rice.

Every year, on the 8th of September, the pilgrimage to the shrine consecrated to Our Lady is accompanied by a torchlight procession and an animated fair which lasts for several days.
Hotel Lamego Hotel Lamego
Quinta da Vista Alegre, Lamego
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Situated about 800 metres from the centre of Lamego, this hotel is located in the Quinta da Vista Alegre farm, an area of three hectares.

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