Barcelos Travel Guide

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Barcelos Things to Do

  • Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ponte

    This temple or Chapel of Our Lady of the Bridge was built in 1328. It was later renovated in the mid-seventeenth century and again in 1865-66. So, today you can observe the product of reconstruction made in second half of XIX-th century. The original building was simple and was located at a lower elevation than at present time.

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  • Paço dos Condes de Barcelos

    Archaeological museum is situated in the ruins of Palace of Dukes of Barcelos. There are some medieval tombs, stone crosses, heraldic shields and an XVIIIth century tiled fountain in the permanent exhibition. There is also so-called Cruzeiro do Senhor do Galo the XIV century stone cross paying tribute to the Barcelos Cock and telling the story of...

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  • Temple of Good Jesus of Cross.

    This neoclassic church known as Templo do Senhor Bom Jesus da Cruz was built here in 1704 on the place of earlier chapel and consecrated in 1710. It was dedicated to the local miracle of the cross that had happened here when in 1504 at the adjoining market square a cross miraculously appeared from the soil. Admission is free. Donations are welcomed...

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  • Igreja Matriz da Paroquia de Santa Maria

    The main parish church of Saint Mary of Barcelos was built according to orders of Don Pedro the 3rd Count of Barcelos. Construction began in XIII century and had being accomplished in first half of XIV century. During the rule of Fernando the Duke of Braganza that church became Collegiate in 1464. Within next several centuries church suffered...

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  • World War I Monument.

    WW I monument is situated in the historical center of Barcelos right in front of the Police Station. You can easily find it at the intersection of Avenida da Liberdade and Campo da Republica. That monument dedicated to the soldiers and non commissioned officers drafted from the district of Barcelos and killed in action in Flanders and France during...

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  • Solar dos Pinheiros.

    That building was built in XV century for Pedro Estevez one of courtiers of the Duke of Braganza. Later it belonged to Pinhero family. It consists of a central main and two rectangular towers on the flanks. It has an extensive facade with lancet window decorated with the figures of jokers. Southern wall has another decorated medieval window. This...

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  • Igreja da Misericórdia

    It was a convent of the Capucines until 1.836 when it become a property of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia (Holy House of Charity).

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  • Buildings

    Some beautiful buildings I found in Barcelos.Pics:- Main: Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra- 2nd: Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra- 3rd: Associação Comercial e Industrial (Rúa S. Francisco)- 4th: Theatro Gil Vicente (Largo Dr. Martins Lima)- 5th: Library (Largo D. José Novais)

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  • Statues

    Pics:- Main: Ao Bombeiro Voluntario (volunteer fireman/woman, Av. da Liberdade) - 2nd: Alcalde (Mayor) Nuno Gonçalves e seu Filho (and his son) (Largo Marechal Gomes da Costa, in front of the railway station)- 3rd: D. António Barroso (Largo D. António Barroso, behind the Igreja Matriz)

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  • Streets & Squares

    Pics:- Main: Campo 5 de Outubro- 2nd: Largo da Porta Nova- 3rd: Avenida da Liberdade- 4th: Avenida da Liberdade

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  • Chafariz do Campo da Feira

    This beautiful chafariz (fountain) is surrounded by four staircases as well as by four fountains headed with tragic masks and built in 1.621.

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  • Solar dos Pinheiros

    Solar dos Pinheiros (Manor House of the Pinheiros family) was built between the 15th and the 17th centuries.

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  • Paço dos Condes de Barcelos

    The Paço dos Condes de Barcelos or Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Palace of the Counts of Barcelos) was built at the begenning of the 15th century.

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  • Cámara Municipal

    After the old Cámara Municipal (City Hall) was built, they were adding new structures and buildings.

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  • Torre da Porta Nova

    This Torre (Tower), is the only one that remains from the former three that belonged to the 13th century fortress.

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Barcelos Restaurants

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    by melgashop Written Jul 8, 2007

    Probably, the oldest restaurant in this city, Bagoeira is well-known across the country for its great food. If you want to try the real traditional food from the region, you must visit it.
    Now, they also built an hotel so you can enjoy the best of Barcelos in only one place.

    Favorite Dish: Papas de Sarrabulho, Vitela Assada, Bacalhau 'a Bagoeira.
    A very huge varierty of meat and fish dishes. Also a good wine list. Probably, their most famous dishes are cod fish (bacalhau) and rojoes (small "cubes" of pork).

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Barcelos Nightlife

  • Nightlife outside Barcelos

    Located in a village called Manhente (5km away from Barcelos), there's the Adro Café, one of the most recent nightlife places in Barcelos. It's a very nice place to stay, the staff is quite nice. Friday night , you can show your singing skills at the Karaoke's night. Unlike other bars in town, there's no minimal consumption. None

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  • By riverside

    The old tourism information spot was converted into a night club. Its best nights are on saturdays and fridays. The music they play the most is latin and hip-hop. I recommend this place to people over 30.It's also opened during the day working as a café. No sneakers

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Barcelos Transportation

  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Some road distances to Barcelos from:- Porto: 62 kms.- Madrid (Spain): 591 kms.- Amsterdam (Holland): 2.068 kms.- Napoli (Italy): 2.562 kms.- Graz (Austria): 2.645 kms.Checking the website, you can find more road distances together with the driving times and the best route.

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  • By Train

    It's very easy to go to Barcelos from Porto, although I must tell you that it takes a while.Once in Porto, go to either São Bento station (in the centre) or Campanhã (so, it's better São Bento). There, you have to take an urban train to a place called Nine using the Braga line (linha in portuguese); it takes around 50 minutes. From that town, you...

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Barcelos Shopping

  • Anything BUT Roosters..

    Being a Rooster lover I made sure to include Barsalos on our road trip through portugal, boy was I dissapointed to not be able to find 1 rooster??! I mean the whole rooster story is based in Barsalos??

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Barcelos Local Customs

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    The Cock of Barcelos (Portugal)

    by Redang Written Apr 10, 2009

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    The legend of the rooster/Cock (galo in portuguese) from Barcelos is very old that there are many variations. I want to let you know that I have taken this excerpt from a web; it’ll explain you the legend much better than my own writing:

    “A Spaniard from Galicia who was passing through town on a pilgrimage was accused of committing a serious crime: possibly theft, perhaps murder. Protesting his innocence in the face of execution, he demanded to see the magistrate who had pronounced his sentence. His request granted, the Galician was taken to the house of the magistrate, who was entertaining guests. Pointing to a roast chicken (a staple on any Portuguese banquet table), he shouted, “As sure as I am innocent that cock will crow if I am hanged!”

    Here the story varies. Some versions say the cock crowed immediately and the man was released. Other versions say guests derided the accused while the party continued and the man was sent to the gallows, but the judge ordered that the cock not be touched. By the time the man was to be hanged, evening had fallen and the judge was in his house. Suddenly, to everyone’s amazement, the roasted rooster transformed and began to crow. The Galician was saved just in time, and released.

    Today, the Portuguese and Spanish get along a little better, but the Galo de Barcelos has become one of the most instantly recognized cultural symbols of the Portuguese diaspora. No Portuguese home is without at least one galo somewhere: embroidered on a table cloth, tattooed on a kid’s back, painted on something ceramic”.

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Barcelos Off The Beaten Path

  • Largo do Apoio

    Largo do Apoio has this renaissance style chafariz (fountain) designed by João Lopes.Where is it? From Bom Jesus church, walk along Rúa D. António Barroso until Largo Dr. Martins Lima. Cross this largo and take Rúa S. Francisco; Largo do Apoio is at the end of the rúa/street.

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  • Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ponte

    Built at the beginning of the 14th century and rebuilt in the 17th century.Where is it? Crossing the Medieval Bridge, on the left.

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Barcelos Favorites

  • General Info

    Tourism OfficeLargo Dr José Novais- Tel.: (+351) 253 81 18 82- Fax: (+351) 253 82 21 88- Internet:www.cm-barcelos.pt/site/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=109www.visitportugal.com/NR/exeres/7B655801-7985-423C-BED4-83FAF91A27E4,frameless.htm- www.7maravilhas.maisbarcelos.pt/index.php- E. mail: turismo@cm-barcelos.pt

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