Top recommendations from locals
From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Point of Interest
“Serviço excelente, cozinha muito criativa, local bem desenhado e decorado, atendimento muito profissional.”
- 1 local recommends
Place of Worship
“Built on the northern slope of the Montemuro mountain range's massif, almost within sight of the Douro river, the monastic complex of Cárquere stands out, not just for its architectural and artistic ensemble, but by its deep connection to the early years of the Portuguese nation. Considered at first, as being the place where the young prince Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal, had been healed, due to an appeal by his preceptor Egas Moniz and through the intervention of the Virgin Mary, it was later turned into the pantheon of the powerful Resende family until its dispersal, in the late 15th century. The arrival of the Jesuits, in the 16th century, brought with it a new strength to expand and consolidate the Monastery's control in Cárquere. This institute was the starting point for missionary and evangelizing activities that helped to set up the rather famous sanctuary of Our Lady of Lapa, to the southeast, on the limits of Nave plateaus. The ownership of Cárquere was peaceful until the 18th century, when the persecution of the Jesuits by the Marquis of Pombal struck this small community. The Monastery's spatial distribution, both on the Church's inside and outside, in the area of the existing cemetery (a former cloister), reveals its Romanesque spatiality. However, what we are still able to observe today, when we enter the Church, is the result of a Manueline appropriation of the primitive Romanesque construction, marked by previous Gothic interventions that are most expressive in the chevet, with its ribbed vault and mullioned window, which is only visible from the outside. Cárquere's decline began in the mid-18th century. Deprived from its guardians and with its assets exposed to greed, it was reduced to the status of parish church. Over the 19th century, society's growing secularization and laicism resulted in much of its religious heritage being sold or falling into decay.”
- 1 local recommends