Top things to do in Viseu

Top Choice Museum in Viseu

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 Va…
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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 impressive …
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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 regional …
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 southern…
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 staples …
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 its…
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 – Solar …
Cultural in Viseu

Feira de São Mateus

Viseu’s biggest annual bash is this agricultural jamboree. Handicraft and food stalls are set up alongside amusementpark rides as concerts and fireworks provide the soundtrack. This direct descendant of the town’s o…
Portuguese in Viseu

Paço dos Cunhas de Santar

The Paço dos Cunhas de Santar, a historic winery set 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 beautif…
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 obje…