Palace in Vila Viçosa

Paço Ducal

Paço Ducal

The dukes of Bragança built their palace in the early 16th century when the fourth duke, Dom Jaime, grew tired of his uncomfortable hilltop castle. The wealthy family, originally from Bragança in Trás-os-Montes,...

Bar in Vila Viçosa

Craft BBS

This new craft-beer bar serves up five or so microbrews on tap from the Alentejo craft-brewer Libata. The friendly bartender will let you sample before committing, and you can order some delicious – and massive!...

Portuguese in Vila Viçosa

Taverna dos Conjurados

More upmarket than the average taverna, this inviting eatery serves excellent regional cooking. The attentive host is proud of his classic Portuguese dishes, with some recipes going back to the Dukes’ times...

Museum in Vila Viçosa

Museu de Arqueologia & Museu de Caça

Inside the historic castelo looming above Vila Viçosa is an intriguing collection of relics, plus some less appealing animal skins and assorted taxidermy. Nevertheless, a visit to these museums is a must – if...

Castle in Vila Viçosa


The fascinating Dom Dinis walled hilltop castle was where the Bragança family lived before Paço Ducal was built. Part of it has been transformed into the Museu de Arqueologia & Museu de Caça – a must-visit.

Church in Vila Viçosa

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Within the castle walls is this brilliantly tiled 15th-century church. It is also known as Solar da Padroeira, Home of the Patron Saint – the Virgin’s image is within. It was here that in 1646 Dom João IV offered...

Tapas in Vila Viçosa

Adega 7160

Amid huge wine jars and painted Alentejan ceramics, Adega 7160 serves traditional regional dishes with a modern twist. Start off with roasted pumpkin soup with toasted almonds (or gazpacho in summer) followed by...

Portuguese in Vila Viçosa

Os Cucos

Hidden in the leafy gardens south of the Praça República, this is the pick for quality food and shady location. It has an airy, semicircular interior, and you can eat snacks at garden tables. The changing daily...

Portuguese in Vila Viçosa

Cafe Restauração

Facing the main plaza in town, this local favourite draws a garrulous crowd of young families, old-timers and out-of-towners, who come for drinks and snacks at the well-placed outdoor tables. The food is fairly...

Portuguese in Vila Viçosa


A short stroll from the Paço Ducal, Safari serves a menu of classic Portuguese cooking (pork with clams, oven-baked codfish, seafood rice) as well as ample salads in a cosy, brick-vaulted space.

Cafe in Vila Viçosa

Tertúlia Perfeita

Inside the castle walls, and a few steps from the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Tertúlia Perfeita has a terrace that makes a fine spot for an afternoon pick-me-up or a cocktail later in the evening. On...

Classical Music in Vila Viçosa

Paço Ducal

Classical concerts are held in the chapel of the Paço Ducal on the last Friday of the month at 9pm year-round (except in December, when the concert is usually held midmonth).

Plaza in Vila Viçosa

Terreiro do Paço

The 16,000-sq-metre palace square is ringed by the Paço Ducal, an enormous palace, the heavy-fronted Agostinhos Convent and graceful Chagas Nunnery. In the centre is a statue of Dom João IV.