When it comes to wine and some of the finest foods in all of Portugal, you have to visit Viseu. This is one city which is rich in history and culture. Since there is so much to see and do from the folklore festivals to the beautiful countryside, many people make their way to Viseu every single year.
Viseu lies in the heart of Portugal’s wine making region. In all directions you see vineyards as far as the eye can see. Situated along the eastern slopes of the Serra do Caramulo mountain range, the views are some of the most awe-inspiring in Portugal.
In the heart of the old town of Viseu, you will find the historic Adro da Sé square which surrounds the 13th century Sé Catedral de Viseu. Not too far away from the square is the Museu Grão Vasco, a renaissance art museum which showcases some of the finest examples of 15th century art. While you are in the historical town center, stop off at anyone of the many great restaurants and try the renowned smoked ham. Afterwards, you can make your way to the Santa Maria de Almacave Church which was built in the 12th century. You cannot go leave the historic center without also visiting the 2nd oldest church on the Iberian Peninsula, the São Pedro de Balsemão Chapel, dating back to the 7th century.
You can visit the Solar do Dão which is one of the finest wineries in the region. Here you can sample the best wines that they have to offer. Later you can take the time to also see the Cava do Viriato which is a park that was once the encampment of Lusitanian; a warrior who protected Viseu from the Romans. On top of a nearby hill, one can see the town of Sernancelhe which is home to many fine manor houses as well as the Nossa Senhora da Lapa Sanctuary which was built during the 17th century.
When you are tired and want to rest, make your way to the Termas de São Pedro do Sul hot springs for some much needed rest and relaxation. There are a number of modern facilities located around the hot springs which makes it a perfect place to visit any time of year. Then there is also the Reserva Botânica de Cambarinho which is a 24 hectare reserve dedicated to many fines specimens of rhododendron.