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Lousada Country Hotel

Located in the municipality of Lousada, the Lousada Country Hotel is the perfect departure point to explore our region.

Lousada is a municipality full of religious pilgrimages, legends, traditions and customs. Among its several celebrations, special attention should be paid to the Festa de Nosso Senhor dos Aflitos, a celebration merging both religious and pagan rituals held the last week-end of July. You cannot miss the beautiful night show, when a myriad of candle holders enlighten Nosso Senhor dos Aflitos Mount.

When visiting the city of Lousada you can pay a visit to the Casa Museu de Vilar, a museum focused on the animation created by Aby Feijó and Regina Pessoa, with the collaboration of Normand Roger and Marcy Page. Pre- animation, international animation and the art of Aby Feijó and Regina Pessoa are the principal exhibits for pedagogical visits, including demonstrations and workshops. Bookings shall be done by sending an e-mail to: casamuseudevilar@gmail.com or by phone on: +351 55 913 446.



Since Lousada is the capital of the valley of the Sousa river, the village is part of the Romanesque tour and it also has the Lousada Gourmet tour. Lousada Country Hotel strongly recommends these tours to our guests.

GOURMET TOUR

An invitation to discover the gastronomy of Lousada!

Individual and group visits can be carried out everyday. Enrollment shall be done directly at the premises you may want to visit or at the toursit office at least two days ahead to the expected date of the visit.
On Saturdays the council of Lousada puts at the visitors' disposal a bus to carry out group tours (20 people minimum).

Bookings shall be done at the tourism office of Lousada (turismo@cm-lousada.pt)
Phone: +351 255 820 580

ROMANESQUE TOUR

A romantic tour of the locality as it was in the Romanesque era, consisting of a journey to places full of history: a combination of unique monastic settlements, churches, chapels, memorials, bridges, castles and towers, almost buried throngh time in their green surroundings, replete with wisdom and flavours.


QUINTA DA AVELEDA

Quinta da Aveleda is a family owned wine-producing estate that has become internationally recognised for its wine production. As the leader of the market for green wine, Aveleda is one of the biggest wine producers in Portugal, and it exports annually more than half of its production. Besides wine commercialisation, this company also sells cheese and home-made jams.

To learn more, you can call on +351 255 718 200.

PENAFIEL MUSEUM

Penafiel Museum is situated in the historic and commercial heart of the city, and is one of the most symbolic buildings within the local community. Current collections included archaeology, ethnographic and local history.

Bookings shall be done by sending an e-mail to Penafiel Museum (museu.penafiel@cm-penafiel.pt)
Phone: +351 255 712 760


MAGIKLAND

This is is an ideal place for families, as this 2000 m2 amusement park is divided into 6 different thematic areas: Africa, Medieval Village, World of Confusion, Pirate Shelter, Souk and Far West. Once in Magikland, your family will discover a great range of shows and workshops, restaurants and free Internet connection everywhere within the park.
Bookings shall be done by sending an e-mail to Magikland (reservas@magikland.pt)
Phone: +351 255 712 357

PORTO (30 minutes away)

Thanks to its outstanding location by the mouth of the Douro River and its exceptional architectural heritage, the Old Town of the city of Porto was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by Unesco in 1996.

At Porto you can visit the Ribeira quarter, renowed thanks to its narrow streets, the Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral) from the 12th century, as well as the outstanding S. Francisco church, whose interior is coated with golden carvings from the 18th century.

One of the most emblematic monuments of the city was built during the first half of the 18th century: Torre dos Clérigos. From the top of this tower one can enjoy one of the most privileged views to the city and the Douro River.

When crossing the amazing D. Luís I bridge, you will arrive to Vila Nova de Gaia, the true birthplace of Porto wine, where you can take a guided tour to the wineries and taste this internationally renowned wine.

Guimarães (25 minutes away)

The city of Guimarães is one of the most important historical destinations of Portugal. D. Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal) chose this old Roman village to install the capital of the Reign of Portugal. Due to this fact the city is nowadays known as the Cradle of the Nation.

Guimarães is a fascinating place to visit, since it has a great castle built in the 10th century to protect the city against the invaders. In the 12th century the castle was expanded and started to be used as a palace and an arsenal warehouse. This charming and historical city was a labyrinth made out of narrow streets surrounded by ancient housings. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2001.

The first Duke of Bragança built the Palácio Ducal in the 15th century. This impressive palace end up being abandoned and falling to ruins, but it was restored during the dictatorship of António Salazar.

The Monte da Penha offers all the visitors to the city amazing views over the city of Guimarães. To get there, you can go up in a cable car and enjoy the aerial views to the city.

Braga (35 minutes away)

Braga is one of the most ancient cities of the country: with over 2000 years of history it has one of the oldest Sacred Mounts within the whole Europe: Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary. This Sacred Mount is the flagship of the northern region of Portugal.

The Sé Catedral is also the oldest of the country, since the first kings of Portugal (D. Henrique and D. Teresa) ordered its construction in the 12th century and were buried in two tombs found inside the building. Nowadays, Braga is still one of the main religious points in the country. In this sense, the feasts of Easter and St. James are the tipping points of the touristic and liturgical calendar of the city.

The Roman heritage is another tourist attraction of Braga, frequently known as the Portuguese Rome, since the city was built from the Roman city of Bracara Augusta.

The great variety of churches, its outstanding houses from the 18th century, as well as its parks, gardens and museums (such as the Biscainhos Museum) are part of the list of must-sees of this incredible city.

Amarante (20 minutes away)

The village of Amarante has always been linked to the Tâmega River and the Marão and Aboboreira Mounts, this is, to nature. This is the reason why this region is pretty well-known as an adventure and nature destination where many open-air and physical activities are held. In this area are found some extraordinary megalithic examples from the country’s Palaeolithic heritage.

Besides, the old town of the village has some outstanding buildings and monuments such as the churches of S. Pedro and S. Domingos, the Solar dos Magalhães and Casa da Cerca. However, the most important building within the area is the Monastério de S. Gonçalo, built in 1540 by King D. João III. Inside this convent there is a museum in honor to Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, an important Portuguese painter.