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The countryside town of Lamego has long been considered one of the most historically significant sites in all of Portugal. Home to a 12th-century castle and cathedral, Lamego prides itself on its role in the political and religious development of the country. It was here in 1139 that nobles decreed Afonso Henriques the first King of Portugal. Today, most travelers visit Lamego to tour the region’s historic churches and award-winning wineries.
For a sense of the city’s history, explore downtown Lamego. Climb the three-story keep of the Castelo, where you’ll learn about battles between Christians and Moors. Nearby, you’ll find the Sé de Lamego, the city’s Gothic cathedral. The church dates back to the reign of Alfonso Henriques and features stunning ceiling frescoes by the Italian artist Nicolau Nasoni. Across the street sits Museu de Lamego, the town’s museum. Housed in the former bishop’s palace, the museum offers a diverse range of exhibits, including Renaissance altars, Flemish tapestries and horse-drawn carriages. Admission is free on Sunday mornings.
Head west on the tree-lined Avenida Dr. Alfredo de Sousa to see the city’s most celebrated attraction, the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. This 18th-century baroque shrine stands atop one of the city’s tallest hills. To access the church, walk up the ornate 700-step staircase and pause at each of the landings to admire tile mosaics known as azulejos. The church is also accessible by car. Every September thousands of pilgrims trek to the shrine and the city holds a multiday festival, which includes concerts and theatrical performances.
Lamego is also well-known for its wines. Tour the cellars at Caves da Raposeira and taste their selection of sparkling wines. North of the city you can learn about winemaking at the vineyards Quinta da Pacheca and Quinta do Vallado.
Lamego is 70 miles (107 kilometers) east of Porto, from which it can be reached by bus or train. It’s best to rent a car if you’re looking to explore the region’s vineyards.
Located on a river, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Douro Museum, Alameda dos Capitaes Park, and Peso da Regua Parish Church. Torre de Menagem and Quinta de Santa Eufemia are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on a river, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Douro Museum, Alameda dos Capitaes Park, and Peso da Regua Parish Church. Quinta de Santa Eufemia and Torre de Menagem are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Lamego, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museu de Lamego, Lamego Cathedral, and Torre de Menagem. Nossa Senhora dos Remedios is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Douro Museum, Alameda dos Capitaes Park, and Peso da Regua Parish Church. Quinta de Santa Eufemia and Torre de Menagem are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Quinta de Santa Eufemia and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chapel of St. Dominic and Douro Museum. Alameda dos Capitaes Park and Peso da Regua Parish Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in a rural location, this country house is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Municipal Auditorium Adacio Pestana and within 9 mi (15 km) of Museu de Lamego and Lamego Cathedral. Sao Joao de Tarouca Monastery and Torre de Menagem are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Lamego, this farm stay is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Lamego Cathedral, and Museu de Lamego. Torre de Menagem is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Douro Museum, Peso da Regua Parish Church, and Alameda dos Capitaes Park. Quinta de Santa Eufemia and Torre de Menagem are also within 9 mi (15 km).