Penafiel is a county of hills, valleys and rivers, which can be enjoyed from various points and places such as the beautiful water levels arising from the Tâmega reservoir or the rugged slopes of the Douro. Here you can also visit the Santa Marta dolmen, the Menhir de Luzim, rock engravings and several necropolises.
The Romanesque Route is a mandatory route in the region. (Penafiel, Castelo de Paiva, Paredes, Lousada, Paços de Ferreira and Felgueiras) where you can find monuments of peculiar characteristics Dolmen, Tombs, Mamoas, Menhirs, among which stands out the very origin of the Baths of São Vicente, a Portuguese spa. Roman dating from 315 AD.
We also invite you to visit the Alto Douro Wine Region, a World Heritage Site, where the grape varieties of the famous Port Wine are the cause and the main reason for this stunning landscape.
Located in the parish of Pinheiro, in the place of São Vicente, this thermal complex consists of the Roman spa found in the early 20th century. Its waters are considered the most alkaline in Europe and the best choice for treatments related to the respiratory system.
Right next to the Termas de São Vicente we can find ruins of the Roman baths, dating from the 5th century AD and take the opportunity to take a stroll in the garden of Termas de São Vicente.
It is a wonderful corner. Perhaps the most inviting in this stunning region.
We have as main gastronomy Penafidelense, Lampreia (and Sável), delicacies celebrated through the Lamprey Route, especially made in the rice modality (à Entre-os-Rios) and Bordalesa.
But the lamb roasted in the oven and the Portuguese stew are also worthy of note and good tasting and, in the confectionery, the scones of love, the pies of S. Martinho, the Sopa Seca and the Pão-de-Ló de Rio de Moinhos .
As it could not be otherwise, green wine is also king on the tables of Penafidel, or if this were not the municipality with greater responsibilities in its production and export.
Former Benedictine monastery, in mixed origin, whose foundation dates back to 994. There are still some elements of the pre-Romanesque temple reused in the church and scattered throughout the cloister, which mark the existence of the temple founded by the monastery's patrons, namely friezes, imposed and columns with vegetal decoration.
At about 324 meters of altitude, in the parish of Oldrões, you can find the Castro de Penha Fidelis - Ruins of a medieval castle, which was the seat of the Judge of Penafiel de Sousa. A sacred, prehistoric site from the bronze age. In a cliff at the top of the castle, the figure of the warrior buried in the site is sculpted.
The chapel of Senhora da Cividade, located in Monte do Coto, a few meters from the church of S. Miguel de Eja, enchanted people from the most diverse areas, such as António Nobre, Bordalo Pinheiro or Cardinal Cerejeira. From there you can enjoy stunning views.
National Monument located in the churchyard of the Chapel of S. Roque. It is a granite sarcophagus, by Friar António da Ressurreição, a Franciscan priest who died in 1577 victim of the epidemic that hit the city of Penafiel. As a thank you, the population had his Tomb built and still today organizes a party in his memory.
Located in the parish of Paço de Sousa, in the place of Gamuz, this former Benedictine monastery, originally of mixed family type, had its foundation before 994, attributed to Tructesendo Galindes. Some elements of the pre-Romanesque temple can also be found, namely fragments of friezes, imposts and columns.
Located in the parish of Luzim, this megalithic monument, roughly thinned and implanted vertically on the ground, is a sepulchral landmark 2.5 meters high, dating back to 2000 BC-1000 BC
A dozen meters from the Menhir, there is a petroglyph called “Pegadinhas de S. Gonçalo”. More rock engravings can be found in the woods of Casa das Eiras, at the end of the parish of Luzim. However, the most significant are the so-called “Rock engravings of Lomar”, still in the same parish.
Neolithic peoples lived here from a very early age, leaving relevant traces of Dolmen and Castro cultures. Each dolmen being the grave of a chief, a hero or perhaps the morgue of a family. Still in the parish of Santa Marta, there are anthropomorphic graves and a Medieval Bridge.
Located in the parish of Santa Marta, in the place of Portela do Monte, this prehistoric tomb, popularly called Forno dos Mouros, consists of a tapir or dolmen with a covered chamber and corridor, which would correspond to a large Mamoa.
National Monument built in 1569 by João Correia, which is now buried inside. Temple with a 19th century façade. XVII. It was the cathedral. Outside, there is an image of Nossa Senhora da Lapa.
Medieval in foundation, it was built in 1065. It was renovated in the 19th century. XVII, having been of the Order of S. Bento. Located in the parish of Bustelo. The aqueduct that is connected to the Monastery can be seen on the side of the road.
Located in the parish of Bustelo, this former Benedictine monastery, male, today presents itself as an important Baroque monument, distinguishing itself above all by the imposing aqueduct, the altars and the choir chair, carved, profusely decorated.
Located in the historic center of the city of Penafiel, in Largo do Município, this seventeenth-century church consists of a single nave and chancel, covered by a barrel vault with coffered boxes. The building underwent several changes over the 17th and 18th centuries, especially outside.
Situated in the parish of Rans, in the place of Barbosa, this stately home with a battlements tower was founded in the 12th century by Mem Moniz de Ribadouro. The residence features a body constructed of a U-shaped plan that integrates the battlement tower in the center. On the upper floor of the tower, a Manueline lintel window stands out.