Top things to do in Lamego

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…
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 Fern…
Church in Lamego

Capela de São Pedro de Balsemão

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 pre-dates the introduction …
Monastery in Lamego

Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca

The stunning, massive yet skeletal remains of Portugal’s first Cistercian monastery, founded in 1124, stand eerily in the wooded Barosa valley below the Serra de Leomil, 15km southeast of Lamego. There is beauty in …
Monastery in Lamego

Mosteiro de Salzedas

With picturesque pink stone arches, 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 it was built in 1168 wit…
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…
Religious in Lamego

Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

Lamego’s biggest party runs from late August to mid-September. In an afternoon procession on 8 September, ox-drawn carts rattle through the streets carrying tableaux vivants (religious scenes represented by costumed…
Theatre in Lamego

Teatro Ribeiro Conceição

This handsomely restored theatre and cultural space hosts a wide range of programmes throughout the year, from children’s puppet shows to classical concerts, orchestral concerts and ballets. There’s also a cafe with…
Portuguese in Lamego

Manjar do Douro

Well-known traditional restaurant frequented by business folk at lunchtime and dishing out well-prepared Portuguese mainstays.
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…