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Museu Grão Vasco

Adjoining the cathedral, the granite Paço de Três Escalões (Palace of Three Steps) was originally built as the bishop’s palace. It's now a splendid museum showcasing an important collection of works by local-born...

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Catedral de Viseu

Viseu’s cathedral is a striking hybrid of architectural styles. Originally built in the 13th century, it now has a 17th-century Mannerist facade and a soaring 16th-century columned interior. Particularly...

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Tres Pipos

You'll need your own wheels but it's well worth searching out this convivial family-run restaurant in Tonda, a small village some 30km southwest of Viseu. Your reward will be a meal of brilliantly executed...

Plaza in Viseu

Adro da Sé

Overlooked by a trio of impressive buildings – the Catedral, Paço de Três Escalões (home of the Museu Grão Vasco) and the Igreja da Misericórdia – the Adro da Sé is Viseu's handsome cathedral square. On its...

Portuguese in Viseu

O Hilário

An authentic slice of old Portugal, this homely restaurant is named after the 19th-century fado singer who once lived down the street. It's a cheerful, family-run place popular with visitors and locals alike for...

Portuguese in Viseu

O Pateo

A cosy spot nestled behind an arch in the historic centre, this oh-so-typical restaurant does brisk business serving a mixed crowd of locals and out-of-towners. What keeps them coming are evergreen regional...

Park in Viseu

Parque do Fontelo

This 10-hectare haven of woodland and verdant space sprawls beyond the Portal do Fontelo. Here you'll find the 16th-century Antigo Paço Episcopal (former Bishop’s Palace), now occupied by the Welcome Center –...

Cultural in Viseu

Feira de São Mateus

Viseu’s biggest annual bash is this agricultural jamboree. Handicraft and food stalls are set up alongside amusement-park rides as concerts and fireworks provide the soundtrack. This direct descendant of the...

Portuguese in Viseu

Paço dos Cunhas de Santar

The Paço dos Cunhas de Santar, a historic winery on a 17th-century estate in Santar, sets an attractive stage for fine dining. The dining room is light and contemporary, and the seasonal, creative cuisine...

Museum in Viseu

Casa da Ribeira

Housed in a smart stone house on the river Pavia, this small cultural centre focuses on the area's traditional way of life and artisanal skills. There's a display on the ground floor exhibiting various domestic...

Museum in Viseu

Museu Almeida Moreira

The 19th-century, azulejo-adorned Museu Almeida Moreira is housed in the former home of art critic and collector Francisco António Almeida Moreira, founder of the Museu Grão Vasco. It displays his eclectic...

Portuguese in Viseu

O Cortiço

With its stone walls and low wood-beamed ceilings, this cosy eatery specialises in traditional recipes collected from surrounding villages. Generous portions are served in heavy tureens, and the good house wine...

Portuguese in Viseu

Churrasquiera Cacimbo

The Cacimbo is a lifesaver on Sunday evenings, when virtually every restaurant in central Viseu is closed. The dining room, next to its own busy takeaway, is a fairly charmless neon-white affair, but the food...

Portuguese in Viseu

Restaurante Muralha da Sé

This unabashedly upper-crust spot under the looming Igreja da Misericórdia specialises in fine regional cuisine made with ingredients from the nearby Serra da Estrela. It further impresses with a fine wine list...

Portuguese in Viseu

Restaurante A Colmeia

For an atmospheric setting, few spots can rival Colmeia's summer terrace by the medieval walls. In the colder months, action reverts to the rustic whitewashed interior, where hungry diners sit down to generous...

Public Art in Viseu

Azulejos

The north side of Praça da República is adorned with a series of striking azulejo (hand-painted tile) panels depicting scenes from regional life. The blue, white and yellow illustrations were painted in 1931 by...

Church in Viseu

Igreja da Misericórdia

Facing the cathedral is the 1775 Igreja da Misericórdia, whose white rococo exterior contrasts markedly with its rather dull neoclassical interior. A museum and treasury display a small collection of paintings,...

Wine Bar in Viseu

Palato Wine House

With its exposed stone walls and prime central location, this good-looking wine bar is a fine place to get to grips with the local vinho. It has a long list of Dão and Douro wines by the bottle, with many also...

Plaza in Viseu

Praça de Dom Duarte

An attractive sloping square looking up to the Passeio dos Cônegos, this was the city's principal square until the 19th century. Standing in the centre is a statue of Dom Duarte, the Portuguese monarch who was...

Bar in Viseu

The Brothers

A bistro-style cafe on an attractive pedestrian-only street, The Brothers has a bohemian, Parisian-style atmosphere, good beers and regular live music. In the warmer months, its outdoor tables are a favourite...