Museu Cargaleiro

The Beiras

This extraordinary museum is spread over two buildings, a mid-18th-century house in Rua dos Cavaleiros (Knights Street) and a clashing contemporary building nearby. On display are many works by Manuel Cargaleiro (1927–), a celebrated Portuguese ceramicist and painter whose style has been influenced by the École de Paris (Paris School of Artists). You'll also find paintings by other Portuguese and international artists.

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Nearby The Beiras attractions

1. Castelo


There’s little left of Castelo Branco's hilltop castle, which was built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century and subsequently extended by Dom Afonso…

2. Jardim do Paço Episcopal


This delightful retreat is the garden of the former bishop's palace, an 18th-century baroque whimsy of clipped box hedges, pools and grand staircases…

5. Lagar de Varas

22.02 MILES

This a 19th-century stone barn near the cathedral houses an impressive olive-oil press made in the traditional way with huge tree trunks providing the…

6. Catedral

22.03 MILES

Tucked into a corner of the walled village sits the 6th-century Visigothic cathedral, surrounded by a jigsaw puzzle of scattered archaeological remains…

7. Ruins

22.04 MILES

The only remaining vestige of the defences the Knights Templar built in the 13th century is the Torre de Menagem. Also known as the Torre dos Templários,…

8. Castelo

24.9 MILES

This formidable stone fortress seems to grow out of the boulder-littered hilltop. There's not a lot left inside the walls but it's a beautiful site,…