Tabuaço is a nice town, on the banks of the river Távora. An intensely rural region, where stunning landscapes still “touch” the left bank of the Douro River.
Tabuaço was settled very early, since prehistoric times. The people who lived here left various traces in the region, such as Castros, rock inscriptions or archaeological inheritances such as the finds in the place of S. Vicente or the Necropolis of Passo Frio and Sendim or even the wine and olive oil presses excavated in the rock, a little all over the municipality. There are also traces of the Suevo-Visigothic and Roman era, such as the churches of S. Pedro das Águias and Nossa Senhora do Sabroso and the bridges, most of which have been destroyed but some of which have since been rebuilt.
The vast majority of the municipality works in the primary sector. Agriculture is very important and the most important economic product is wine. Not forgetting also the handicrafts that are closely linked to the construction of pieces and instruments related to viticulture. Basketry, cooperage and tinware are the most important handicrafts in the municipality.
Agriculture being the main sector, Tabuaço continues to be a region very preponderant for viticulture, where the dogmas have been preserved. Signs of this economic strength are the stately and emblazoned houses scattered throughout the municipality.
The region’s gastronomy, of traditional flavours and knowledge, where the main speciality is kid stuffed with oven rice, also has ham, meat balls or river fish in escabeche sauce, authentic delicacies. To accompany, of course, the region’s wine, which needs no introduction. The chestnut sweets and the Bolo-Rei de Tabuaço, known as the best in the country, are also authentic feasts of the gods.
Festivities and pilgrimages:
- S. João, on 24 June (municipal holiday)
- Nossa Senhora da Conceição, 8 December