Tarouca: a city full of surprising charms

Tarouca: a city full of surprising charms

Located in the Viseu District, in the Douro and Varosa Valley sub-region, Tarouca is a city full of surprising charms. Landscapes, natural resources, monuments, and historical and cultural heritage have attracted many people over time.

Source: All About Portugal


First of all, visiting Tarouca means having the opportunity to explore one of the most exciting corners of the Douro region. So, to get inspired for the next adventure through the most beautiful part of Portugal, we leave here some of its best attractions. 

They are many and immensely captivating. Finally, let yourself be taken on another journey through the wonders of the Douro!


Ucanha Fortified Bridge 

First of all, the bridge has been documented since the 13th century and was part of an old medieval road that connected Lamego to the lands of Riba-Côa. 

The medieval bridge over the Varosa river and the tower at the entrance, on the right bank, together form a rare and magnificent example of Gothic civil architecture in Portugal. 

Finally, around the idyllic banks of the Varosa is a small village with old houses.

Source: Rotas Lusitanas

Murganheira cellars 

An original cellar, excavated in blue granite rock, in which, instead of the traditional barrels, it is filled with bottles of sparkling wine.

As the name implies, it is here that the famous wines and sparkling wines of the Murganheira Cellars are produced. Thus, these nectars develop naturally in their bottles, passing through several stages until they reach the necessary maturation. 

In short, a modern building, with a very cozy atmosphere, which is one of the mandatory stops in the Tarouca area.

Source: Grandes Escolhas

Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas 

It is located in the homonymous parish, in the municipality of Tarouca and its construction began in the mid-twelfth century (1155) and was, in its time, one of the largest Cistercian monasteries in Portugal. 

Later, in 1255, it was consecrated when the monastic complex was completed, and today it is a large church. It stands out, imposing, in the middle of the uniform houses of the small village that was formed to the east. 

After several renovations, it still maintains an 18th-century frontage and, inside, there are still traces of the original structure. 

Visiting this monastery is, above all, an authentic journey back in time!

Source: Rotas Lusitanas

Romanesque Bridge of São João de Tarouca 

Firstly, this beautiful example of civil architecture is located in the parish with the same name, in the municipality of Tarouca. 

The Romanesque Bridge is built in granite and crosses the Varosa river, connecting the banks below and beyond the river in the village of São João de Tarouca. 

Another monument that you should, without a doubt, visit.

Source: Câmara Municipal de Tarouca

Monastery of São João de Tarouca 

This was the first Cistercian male monastery built in Portuguese territory, being closely linked to the foundation of Portuguese nationality and the figure of D. Afonso Henriques. 

Subsequently, the monastic complex was largely expanded in the 17th and 18th centuries with the construction of new buildings, among which a new and colossal two-story dormitory stands out, unique in Portugal. 

However, it was classified as a National Monument and has been part of the Vale do Varosa Project since 2009, together with two other monuments (Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas and Convent of Santo António de Ferreirim). 

As a result, this monastery is one of the most sought-after places by anyone visiting the Douro and Varosa region.

Source: Direção Regional de Cultura do Norte

Alcacima Viewpoint 

Finally, of course, a viewpoint to observe the magnificent surrounding views if we weren’t talking about the Douro region. In short, awaken your senses and let yourself be carried away by this city full of surprising charms.

Source: TripAdvisor


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