Feira Things to Do

  • Visionarium by Flipographer (flickr.com)
    Visionarium by Flipographer (flickr.com)
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  • Zoo Lourosa by A.G.Assunção (flickr.com)
    Zoo Lourosa by A.G.Assunção (flickr.com)
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    Matriz Church/Lóios Convent

    by J_Antunes Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    Matriz Church / L��ios Convent

    Maneirist convent with church, with beautiful tiles, barroque altar and paintings. Today has a museum inside with art, archeology, paintings and history.

    Schedule:
    October-April: Tue-Fri (9h30-17h00), Weekend (14h30-17h30)
    May-Sep: Tue-Fri (9h30-18h), Weekend (14h30-17h30)

    Price: 2€

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    Feira Castle

    by J_Antunes Written Jan 1, 2014

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    Gothic castle with beautiful towers and well conserved. Outside there is a chapel and a small house and the castle is today in a hill covered by forest.

    The area has a very primitive ocupation dating back to the pre history. The Lusitans build here a temple to the honor of the Bandeve Lugo Tueraeus. The first elements of this castle date back to the XII century.

    Schedule (April-October)
    Tue-Fri: 9h30-12h30, 13h30-18h00, Sat/Sun/Hol - 10h00-12h30/13h30-18h30

    Schedule (Winter)
    Tue-Fri: 9h00-12h30, 13h00-17h00, Sat/Sun/Hol: 9h30-12h30, 13h00-17h30

    Price: 3€

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    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

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    Lourosa Zoo

    by J_Antunes Written Jan 1, 2014

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    Zoo Lourosa by A.G.Assun����o (flickr.com)

    Only park in Portugal dedicated exclusively to birds focused on preservation and investigation. It includes animals such as: macaws, owls, swans, owls, flamingos, vultures.

    Price: 4,00€

    Schedule:
    Monday to Friday: 9h30-18h00
    Sat, Sun & Holidays: 14h-18h

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    • Zoo
    • Birdwatching

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    Romariz Castro/Hill Forte

    by J_Antunes Written Jan 1, 2014

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    Romariz Castro Fort Hill

    This hill fort from the V b.C. is in excellent state. It was found with a treasure of coins and the visit has to be scheduled.
    It has still a wall, the old streets of the village and a roman domus. There is a small museum in the nearby village. It is believed only ¼ of the total area is excavated and that about 1.000 people lived there until it was abandoned in the I AC. It is believed it was occupied by a people called the Turdulos.

    Picture from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/Castro_de_Romariz_2.jpg

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    • Archeology

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    Medieval Fair

    by J_Antunes Written May 26, 2013

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    Happening in the beggining of August, the medieval fair is extraordinary. First for is size that covers almost all the city, second for the incredible number of participants, it seems like every single person in the city decides to dress in medieval clothes.
    There are handicrafts, medieval restaurants, products of the region and several recriations happening throughout the day. A fun place not to miss.

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    Visionarium

    by RuiPT Written Apr 24, 2008

    Visionarium - Center of Science of Europarque is an intercative museum of science located in Espargo, Santa Maria da Feira, in the perimeter of the center of Congress of Europarque, and belonging to the Associação Empresarial de Portugal(AEP).
    Visionarium, in it's essence, is similar to the City of the Science of La Villette, in Paris, France, or to Exploratorium of San Francisco, in the USA, where it is possible to accomplish experiences manipulating the exposed equipments. Adults 6.5 €; Young (up to 18 years or with student's card) 5 €; Sénior 5 €; Children up to 5 years (besides) Free

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    Festa das Fogaceiras

    by RuiPT Written Apr 24, 2008
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    The Party of Fogaceiras, takes place in Santa Maria da Feira (every year on 20th January) in execution of a vote done to S. Sebastião, in the XVII century, for occasion of an epidemic. In this pilgrimage, that attracts crowds, they are sold the “fogaças”, a sweet bread of wheat that it constitutes one of the marks of the city. The procession leaves the Town Hall in the morning to the “Igreja Matriz”, making part of him dozens of children, dressed of white with a strip to the waist, that take to the head a decorated “fogaça”. The procession is closed by three girls that transport to the head a miniature of the Castle. In the Church takes place a solemn mass, with the blessing of the “fogaças” and, in the afternoon, takes place the Religious Parade that travels downtown with S. Sebastião's and Our Lady’s Images.

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    Castelo da Feira

    by RuiPT Written Apr 23, 2008

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    The Castle

    Emblematic work of the architecture medieval Portuguese of military type, the Castle of Santa Maria da Feira is one of our monuments that better reflects the diversity of defense means used during the Medium Age, having been fundamental in whole the process of Reconquest of autonomy of the "Condado Portucalense". The tradition tells that the Castle of the Feira rises at the place of an indigenous temple dedicated to gods. Starting from 1117, it grew one of the most important fairs of Portugal here, which gave the same name to the borough that was born to the shadow of the castle. After 1448, the Castle is in the ownership of the nobleman Fernão Pereira that then undertook some repairing works and reconstruction, transforming it in a residence. The great works that regulate the handout and they define today's character architectonic date from ends of the century XV (with adaptations to new rules of the ballistics), and the Tower of Guard, as innovation of defensive reinforcement. In the ownership of the crown or of privates, consonant the vicissitudes of the Portuguese History, the Castle suffered some conservation works and rebuilt, but it never lost the initial medieval character. Passed to the property of the House of Infantado, after 1708, the castle suffered a violent fire that marked the beginning of its long decline and ruin. The municipality begun the works of his reconstruction in 1887, it was, however, with the visit of D. Manuel II, in 1908, as well as with the creation, the following year, of a Commission of Protection and Conservation of the Castle, that the works were made. Next to the wall of the defense, exists a chapel of octagonal plant, of Baroque style, ordered to build in 1656. Sum: Tue to Fri:9:30h-2:30h/13:30h-18h; Sat/Sun:10h-12:30h/13:30h-18:30h Win: Tue to Fri:9:30h-2:30h/13:30h-17h; Sat/Sun:10h-12:30h/13:30h-17:30h - Fee 3€

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    Zoo Lourosa

    by RuiPT Written Apr 23, 2008
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    Parque Ornitológico de Lourosa (Zoo Lourosa) was founded in 1990 and privately owned until 2000. Since early 2001, the zoo is run by a company ("Feira Viva, Cultura e Desporto) founded by the Municipality. The zoo grounds, both visitor and off-visitor premises, currently consists of 20,000 m2, however an additional 12,000 m2 has been acquired for possible future expansion. The zoological collection of Zoo Lourosa consists of only bird species. The collection has some interesting and rare such as hornbills, curassows, pheasants and pigeons. Their vision is to become a fundamental place of both national and international importance at the level of conservation of wildlife and education of communities, through the ever-increasing creation of entertainment and cultural opportunities. Opens: Mar-Oct 09 to 18h; Nov-Feb 09 to 17h; Closes Monday, Easter, Christmas and New Years Day; Fee 2,5€

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    Imaginarius – Street Theatre Festival

    by RuiPT Written Apr 23, 2008
    One of the groups in action

    It is a gigantic stage that it invades the city of Santa Maria da Feira. For three days, several theatre companies come from everyone and the streets fill with party and stops. For those that still don't know Imaginarius, it's entrance in a fantastic world, in a world ‘Imaginarius’. The streets become stages so that the people can look at the squares and streets in a different way. Transfigured, the space has an existence different from what is habitual to receive the festival - a strong bet in the recreational slope. It is already going in the 7.ª edition and this year four recreations were, wilfully, done for the festival. It is one of the fundamental bets in the cultural politics of the mayor of Santa Maria da Feira. Along the seven years, it reached a national dimension and it is in the route of the European festivals of street art.

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    Viagem medieval - The Medieval Journey

    by RuiPT Updated Apr 22, 2008
    The knights in the journey

    A few years ago the Town of Santa Maria Feira, made a recreation of a specific time of history of Portugal in this region. And the idea was well received by the inhabitants and thousands of visitants that came to see the Medieval Journey. The years repeated and now the Medieval Journey is known in all country and receives the visit of tourists from all over the places. Starting 1st August and ending at 10th August, this year the city will go back to the past and see street markets, witches, knights in duels, and all the characters of the life in time of kings and Queens.

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    Visionarium

    by J_Antunes Written Jan 1, 2014

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    Visionarium by Flipographer (flickr.com)

    Interactive Science Museum.

    Schedule
    Tuesday to Friday:
    9h00-18h00

    Weekends and Bank Holidays
    14h00-19h00

    Price - 6,50€

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    • Family Travel

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