Attractions

Museum in Lamego

Museu de Lamego

Occupying a grand, 18th-century episcopal palace, the Museu de Lamego is one of Portugal’s finest regional museums. The collection features five entrancing works by renowned 16th-century Portuguese painter Vasco Fer…
Church in Lamego

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

One of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites, this twin-towered 18th-century church has a trim blue-and-white stucco interior with a sky-blue rococo ceiling and a gilded altar. The church, however, is quite …
Cathedral in Lamego

Older than Portugal itself, Lamego’s striking sé has been declared a national monument. There is little left of the 12th-century original except the base of its square belfry. The rest of the structure, including th…
Church in Lamego

Capela de São Pedro de Balsemão

Older than Portugal itself, this mysterious little chapel was probably built by Visigoths as early as the 6th century. With Corinthian columns, round arches and intriguing symbols etched into the walls, it certainly…
Monastery in Lamego

Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca

The stunning, massive yet skeletal, remains of Portugal’s first Cistercian monastery, the Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca, founded in 1124, stand eerily in the wooded Barosa valley below the Serra de Leomil, 15km so…
Monastery in Lamego

Mosteiro de Salzedas

With pink stone arches picturesquely mouldering in the sun, the Cistercian Mosteiro de Salzedas is located 3km up the Barosa valley from Ucanha in Salzedas. This was one of the grandest monasteries in the land when …
Castle in Lamego

Castelo

Climb the narrow, winding Rua da Olaria to this modest medieval castle, encircled by a clutch of ancient stone houses. What little remains – some walls and a tower – has belonged to the Boy Scouts ever since their m…
Church in Lamego

Igreja Santa Maria de Almacave

This unassuming little church is Lamego’s oldest surviving building, much of it dating back to the 12th century. It’s thought that after winning independence from Spain, Portugal’s first king assembled his initial c…