Vila Viçosa Travel Guide

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Vila Viçosa Things to Do

  • Historically Relevant

    Vila Viçosa has been a safe retirement place to the royal family, in some historic crises. The signs of it are still present, with the palace and hunting gardens dominating a beautiful and peaceful town, where it is easy to learn why "Alentejanos" are famous for their... rush and general speed (!).

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  • Agostinhos Convent

    Founded in the XIII century it was supposed to be the pantheon of the dukes of Braganza. In the XVII century it suffered great transformations with the façade that can be seen today.After the extinction of the religious orders it became part of the military and is today a seminary of the archbishop of Evora.It is a National Monument and is often...

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  • Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao

    This 14th century church houses a Gothic image of the Virgen Mary, said to be from England. In 1646 Joao IV named her the patron saint of Portugal. Since then, no Portuguese monarch ever wore a crown.

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  • Vila Vicosa: Castle

    The castle looms over the city of Vila Vicosa. It was the temporary residence of the Bragancas in the late 1400s until the Paco Ducal was deemed habitable.I enjoyed climbing up and walking along the castle walls, affording great views of the nearby palace and town center.

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  • Paco Ducal: Royal Residence of the...

    The Dukes of the Braganca owned many estates, but their palace at Vila Vicosa, built in the eatrly 1500s, became their favorite.I walked the grounds, but unfortnately the palace was closed as I was in town on a Monday.

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  • Different houses

    Go for a walk and notice the large amount of different houses there exists in town. This on is particulary great. Its located near the Largo de D. Joao IV.

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  • Fountain in the arches

    In Praça Martim Afonso Sousa. Very interestng consctrution to see. Located near the House of arches.

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  • Church in Praça da Republica

    This is an impressive church with a bell tower that clecks time still. This church belongs to the 16th century later updated in the 17th century.

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  • Small street chapels

    If you walk on the streets for a while you'll find out a very large number of small little chapels like this one. Hope you have better luck than me and find them open.

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  • Old factory

    This is a very interesting place to visit. Its located on Largo de D. Joao IV. It was an old factory very important to the town's economic income and job opportunity in the surrounding villages and area.

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  • Saint Bartholomew

    Completely dominating the western side of the old Praça Nova is the 17th century church of São João Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist), now serving the parish of São Bartolomeu, which formerly belonged to the Jesuit college. The façade is impressive in the Baroque manner and covered with local marble. It has three levels of windows, three...

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  • Our Lady of the Conception Church

    The Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Conception), originally called Santa Maria do Castelo (Holy Mary within the Castle) is situated inside the old town walls and has already been visited by Pope John Paul II.It was remodeled after the great earthquake of 1755 but was altered even further in the nineteenth century, when it took...

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  • The Hunting Museum

    The Hunting Museum is found in the Vila Viçosa Castle and holds the Carvalho collection with a number of important hunting species from Africa and birds from the Iberian Peninsula as well as royal gifts and pieces from the royal family. Beautiful hunting firearms from renowned manufacturers complete this exhibition which has the aim of promoting...

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  • The Pillory

    Opposite the Porta da Torre, where the Praça Velha da Câmara and the prison used to be, halfway along the Avenida dos Duques de Bragança leading from Agostinhos to the Castle, is the graceful decorative pillory, in Gothic Manueline style and one of the most beautiful ones in Portugal.On a quadrangular slate pillar sit four roughly sculpted frogs....

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  • Castle

    This is a truly imposing monument. Looking west, the Porta de Evora, one of the five entrance gates built into the walls first raised by King Dinis in the Middle Ages, dominates the wide avenue leading to the fortified town. The Castle was reconstructed in the 17th century due to the War of Restoration of Portuguese Independence, in which it played...

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  • Esperança Convent

    Another noteworthy convent building is that of Esperança (hope), situated at the eastern end of the town. The church, also richly decorated with wall tiles, is greatly enriched by the frescoes, considered to be amongst the most precious and rare examples in the country.

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  • Augustinian convent

    In the Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square), Agostinhos (the Augustinian convent), founded in the thirteenth century and rebuilt in the seventeenth, was used as the burying place of the Dukes of Braganza from 1677 onwards. The church is an example of Portuguese Baroque, with its imposing but rather heavy facade flanked by two tall bell towers.

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  • Palace Square

    This open and airy square, with a total area of about sixteen thousand square meters is one of the most beautiful ones in the country. It is situated at the entrance of this noble and aristocratic town, when entering from Borba, Estremoz and the border town of Elvas. To its right are the Royal Chapel and the Palace gardens.On the south side of the...

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Vila Viçosa Hotels

  • Pousada Dom Joao Iv

    Convento Das Chagas Terreiro, Vila Vicosa, Portuga

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Pousada D.Joao Iv

    P-7160 Vila Vicosa, Vila Vicosa, Portugal, 7160, P

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Aldeamento de Peixinhos

    Aldeamento de Peixinhos 7, Vila Vicosa, 7160-285, Portugal

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Vila Viçosa Restaurants

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    by J_Antunes Written Jan 4, 2015

    Nice restaurant, with interesting interior and good food served in clay pottery.

    Favorite Dish: The codfish with potatoes was quite good.

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Vila Viçosa Nightlife

  • The castle by night

    This is a truly imposing monument. Looking west, the Porta de Evora, one of the five entrance gates built into the walls first raised by King Dinis in the Middle Ages, dominates the wide avenue leading to the fortified town. The Castle was reconstructed in the 17th century due to the War of Restoration of Portuguese Independence, in which it played...

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  • Largo D. Joao IV

    Interesting architecture and lights on this square. If you look close you could say that pcture belongs to any Arab city in the Middle East. The building you see that resembles Arab is the new updated city market.

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  • Augustinian convent by night

    I think I was a bit lucky to get type of light to make these night pictures actually. I got full moon which gave a very nice lighting to the whole monument scenario.

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Vila Viçosa Local Customs

  • Walk in Praça da Republica

    Do like local people do. Go for a sunset walk in the Praça da Republica. After this you can go inside the castle and enjoy the church of Our Lady of Conception and go dow until the Palace Square. great promenade indeed.

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  • Nuts street vendor

    During Fall and Winter you can find these vendors on the street selling hot chesnuts. called "castanhas" in portuguese. Castanhas means " brown colored" in english.

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  • Sanctuary inside castle

    Locasted in LArgo de D. Nuno de Alvares Pereira you have the Church of Our Lady of Conception. On the square you have this sanctuary that can be used to light some candles and pray.

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Vila Viçosa Off The Beaten Path

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    by johnsakura Written Feb 5, 2004

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    This is a recent monument nnuild in a place where an ancient roman settlement was found. ALong with the monument you can actually see also some roman artifacts like a couple of columns and other stones.
    Located inside the castle.

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Vila Viçosa Favorites

  • Augustinian convent lateral church

    On the garden after the Praça Martim Afonso Sousa. This is the the garden that has some beautiful swans.

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  • Stree scene

    Near the Praça da Republica heading the Palace Square. You can notice one of the many church towers in town. They all give time when the hour comes.

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  • Largo D. Joao IV

    Place near the new market. Local youngsters seem to get together here to chat, play some soccer or just to chill out.

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