Fafe (Portuguese pronunciation: /ˈfaf(ɨ)/) is a small town, with a population of about 50.000 people, in the northern Portuguese district of Braga, and it’s just as beautiful as its name sounds. The present mayor is Raul Cunha (from the socialist party) and the municipal holiday is celebrated on May 16. Nestled near Braga and surrounded by mountains, the town is well known for its fado music. The town has been around since the 11th century and in the 1300s it was part of the Terra de Entre Ave e Vizela and there are still many buildings that date back to those days.
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Its history is directly linked with Fafe Castle, which was built in the 12th century. It is considered one of the biggest castles in Portugal and Europe as a whole. The first mention of it comes from an order by Afonso Henriques to fortify the town against León (Spain).
The castle stayed under Portuguese control until the end of that century when Fafe became part of León. It was only in the 14th century that Fafe returned to Portugal under King Fernando’s reign. However, Fafe Castle still belonged to Spain for a long time afterward until finally being handed over back to Portugal in 1641 during João IV’s rule.
The town’s history
The town is located just outside of Guimarães, which is the birthplace of Portugal. Fafe Castle is one of the main tourist attractions in the area and definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in Portuguese history.
There are also plenty of other things to do in Fafe that don’t involve historical sites. For example, there’s a great park located right in the center of town that’s perfect for a walk or a picnic. It is also home to some beautiful churches, like Igreja Matriz de Fafe and Igreja da Misericórdia. If you’re looking for something a little more active, there are plenty of hiking trails in the area as well.
Things to do in Fafe, Portugal
So, when you’re visiting Fafe, make sure you check out these tourist attractions and beautiful sights.
Casa do Penedo
Is a historic building in Fafe, Portugal with unique architecture. The house is made out of four boulders that act as walls and roof. The Casa do Penedo was originally opened as a holiday destination and then a museum. Nowadays its visiting days are over, but you can still take photos from outside.
The Casa do Penedo is located on Rua da Igreja #12 which can be reached by taking Avenida Doutor Cândido Soares de Melo off EN-231 near Lago Azul Park.
Casa do Penedo can also be seen while driving on the EN-231 motorway.
Fafe is a small town in Portugal with Brazilian architecture. The most famous building is the Igreja Matriz, which was built in the 18th century and has beautiful Brazilian tiles on its facade. Other notable buildings include the Casa do Povo (People’s House), which was built in the 1920s, and the Brazilian Centre, a cultural center.
The main square in town is surrounded by cafes and restaurants where you can sit back and relax while enjoying Portuguese cuisine. Overall, Fafe is a charming town with beautiful Brazilian architecture and plenty to see and do.
Igreja de São Romão de Arões
Igreja de São Romão de Arões is one of the most well-known landmarks in this small town. I visited it on my way to Castelo Rodrigo and I could not pass up a photo opportunity! The church is worth visiting because of its architecture, simplicity, and location!
It’s an old building, dating back to the 12th century and is considered a National monument of Portugal.
Fafe and the surrounding sights
The surrounding sights are known for their incredible views, including the São Mamede mountain range. The São Mamede National Palace is also worth a visit.
The Fafe Mountains are located in northeastern Portugal and stretch over to Spain.
Famous landmarks include São Vicente de Fora Monastery, Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), São Pedro de Rates Church, São Mamede National Palace and the historic village of São Martinho do Bispo.
Museu da Imprensa
Is a popular museum with interesting exhibitions for people of all ages. Museu da Imprensa (Museum of Press) was founded by Professor Avelino de Almeida back in 1965 and has been open to the public since 1966. Museu da Imprensa exhibits items related to local history; however, it also has items displayed from other regions in the country. Museu da Imprensa is an important cultural institution with exhibitions that are always changing, so be sure to visit it again when you return! Just remember that the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Museu da Imprensa is located at Rua Dr. Trindade Coelho, 15 – Fafe, Museu da Imprensa is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., and entry costs two Euros.
Museu da Imprensa is located within the vicinity of other Fafe landmarks like Castelo de Fafe and Santuário Senhora do Livramento.
Museu das Migrações e das Comunidades
The museum displays different stories and memories of the people who migrated from Portugal. Its exhibits focus on the stories of the people that left in the 1800s and the effect of this massive emigration.
Museu das Migrações e das Comunidades in Fafe can be found at Avenida da Liberdade, 2450-692 with opening hours from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 13:30 PM to 17:00 PM.
The museum has a café that serves a variety of food and drinks if you want to take a break while exploring the town.
This tourist attraction is a must-see! The theater was built in the early 1900s and still has its original decor. It’s one of the most beautiful theaters in the country. Although it’s over a hundred years old (renovated in 2000), the building maintained its architecture and style after the restoration.
If you want, you can catch a movie in this beautiful and historic theater.
Barragem da Queimadela
Barragem da Queimadela is a beautiful dam located in Fafe. It’s the perfect place to go sightseeing and enjoy nature. There are also plenty of things to do in the area, such as hiking, swimming, and biking.
You can spend your entire day at the dam and you won’t regret it. If you like nature, you will certainly enjoy Barragem da Queimadela. Why not enjoy a cup of coffee with your friends or loved ones at the river?
Complexo Turístico de Rilhadas
Complexo Turístico de Rilhadas is located in the center of Fafe. It has a number of shops where you can buy souvenirs and gifts for your family members or friends back home!
You don’t have to go far from this historic town to find great things to see and do. Complexo Turístico de Rilhadas is the perfect place to start your exploration of beautiful Fafe!
The complex is open from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m., so be sure to visit it when you arrive!
Complexo Turistico de Rilhadas is located at Av. Cidade de Guimarães, Fafe.
Visit vineyards and take part in wine tastings
Visit Vinho Verde, a wine region in Portugal! Vinho Verde is located right after Minho and Douro River. Vinho Verde’s location makes it perfect for tasting different wines throughout the year. The climate of Vinho Verde also contributes to its fame as one of Europe’s best regions when it comes to winemaking. Vinho Verde is perfect for wine-tasting tours and the region’s many vineyards provide visitors with a great time!
Vinho Verde has an area of about 2000 hectares (5000 acres) in total, mostly located on hillsides at altitudes ranging from 200 to 400 meters above sea level – high enough not to be affected by any kind of disease or bad weather. Its wine has a green color, which is why it gets the name Vinho Verde (green wine).
The vineyard can be found in Fafe at Rua de Leão Veloso, 27 – 4700-596. Vinho Verde offers tours and tastings, so be sure to visit this wine region if you love wine!
Parque Aquático de Fafe
Parque Aquático de Fafe is a great place to go swimming, tubing, and rafting. The park is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can relax on the side of the pool, or you can enjoy one of the many slides that will give you an adrenaline boost.
The park has three pools and is child-friendly. There are also mascots that roam around the park entertaining the children. So, take a day off and relax, enjoy a drink by the pool.
Is a city located in the northern part of the country and has a population of about 50.000 people. The town is known for its beautiful architecture and historical buildings. This community was founded by Count D. Henrique in the year 1000 and became an important center during the Portuguese Renaissance.
It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical importance. It is also known for its many festivals, including the Guimarães International Film Festival and the Guimarães Jazz Festival.
Guimarães is located at Rua de Leão Veloso , 27 – 4700-596. The town has a rich history and beautiful architecture, so be sure to visit this city if you’re in the area!
Take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the local cafes.
Santuário da Penha
The sanctuary was built on a hill and it’s one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country because it has been visited by pilgrims every year since the 18th century. Santuário da Penha is open from Monday to Sunday, 08:00 a.m. until 06:30 p.m.. It has spectacular views of Fafe and can be reached via car or bus!
Santuário da Penha is located in Santo André at Avenida de Santo André – 4700-181.
Gastronomy in Portugal
Fafe is known for its delicious local cuisine. The town has several cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or some traditional food!
Gastronomy in Portugal consists mostly of fresh vegetables, such as salad and tomatoes; “picadinho de porco preto” – pork meat with black pig blood (don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like blood!); and “bacalhau à Brás” – a dish made with codfish, potatoes, onions, and eggs.
Be sure to try the local food when you visit and you won’t regret it!
Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras
Is a rally race that takes place in the north of Portugal. The race attracts drivers and fans from all over the world and is considered one of the most important races in Europe.
If you’re interested in cars or motorsports, be sure to attend the Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras this year! You won’t regret it!
Northern Portuguese District
The Northern Portuguese District is a great place to visit if you’re interested in history and architecture. The district is located in the northern part of the country, has a population of roughly 3.5 million people, and is known for its many historical buildings and festivals. Its municipality capital is Braga, a beautiful town that is also worth visiting.
Be sure to visit Guimarães, a city located in the district that is known for its beautiful architecture and historical importance. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich history.
The district also has several other cities worth visiting, including Fafe, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Barcelos, Ponte da Lima, and Amarante. Be sure to check out all these cities during your stay!
Terra de Entre Ave e Vizela
It is a beautiful region located in the north of Portugal. The region is known for its many vineyards and wine production. Vinho Verde, a type of white wine, is produced in this region and is one of the most popular wines in the country.
Be sure to visit it if you’re interested in wine! You won’t regret it!
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