Lamego is a city located on the south bank of the Douro River, belongs to the district of Viseu and is one of the most important urban centres of the Douro region.

A very old city, it had Roman occupation and was conquered in 1089 from the Moors by Fernando Magno of León. It is a historical city, possessing a large quantity of monuments, churches and emblazoned houses, being also a Portuguese diocese.

The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and its staircase are the ex-libris of the town. It was built in the 18th century on the hill of Santo Estevão, in honour of Senhora dos Remédios. The staircase rises from the town centre to the top of the hill, and is full of sacred and surprising places.

The Cathedral of Lamego, a monument that pre-dates the foundation of nationality, has undergone several reconstructions and today combines a variety of styles that make it one of the most beautiful monuments in the region.

The Church of São Pedro de Balsemão, a National Monument, is the second oldest in the Iberian Peninsula, possibly of Visigothic origin.

Lamego has a strong cultural heritage and the municipality is full of churches, chapels, historic villages and medieval bridges, as well as countless traces of the primitive occupation of these lands.

In terms of gastronomy, the highlights are the hams, roast kid with oven rice, corn with spare ribs, ham balls and trout with ham. The sweets include the Lamego tart and the sweets made by the nuns of the extinct Convent of Chagas: gradinhas, celestes and peixinhos de chila.

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Festivities and Pilgrimages:

  • Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, 26 August – 8 September
  • Carnival of Lazarim, Carnival Tuesday