Montalegre: Travel and tourism

The highlands of Barroso, which include the mountains of Gerês, Larouco and Barroso, are a remote zone of heather hillsides and woods of oaks cut by rivers and streams, numerous waterfalls and several dams, of which the largest, Barragem do Alto Rabagão, attracts many fans of fishing and water sports to its artificial lakes.

The seat of the county, Montalegre, is dominated by an imposing 14th-century castle, built on the site of a previous fortified construction, with an imposing keep rising more than 27 metres tall. Nestled at its foot, the old town displays granite buildings and the graceful Miserichord Chapel.

One of the county's most curious sites are the ruins of the Pitões das Júnias monastery, dating from 1174 and rising isolated on a wild and beautiful landscape, crossed by a stream which ends in a romantic cascade.

Across the county, there are several interesting Pre-historic and Roman remains, such as the cromlechs of Veiga or the milestones of the Roman Way linking Braga to Chaves.

Also worth visiting are the Romanesque churches of São Vicente da Chã and of Viade, the ancient Misarela Bridge near the village of Sidrós and several noble houses, such as the palace of Vilar de Perdizes or the manors at Tourém and Vila da Ponte.

Montalegre's handicrafts reflect the county's rural character and visitors may still find rustic capes of woollen cloth and wood clogs, besides more delicate crafts such as lace and embroidered linen.

As for the gastronomy, besides the renowned roast barrosã veal, from calves bred on the mountainous slopes, there are excellent dishes of pork and kid and delicious trout, often stuffed with the local ham.
Hotel Montalegre Hotel Montalegre
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Montalegre Hotel is set within the magnificent and tranquil landscape of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, five kilometres from the border.

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