Although not famed for bustling nightlife, Viseu is a busy provincial city full of artistic treasures, historical churches and a strong culture of local crafts. Surrounded by rich agricultural land and pastures of grazing sheep, the area is also renowned for its fine cheeses and is the centre the production of Dão wines. With the majority of vineyards boasting vines of at least half a century in age, winemaking is a firmly rooted tradition here. The red is sometimes compared to a Burgundy because of its garnet colouring and full bodied taste and the whites are also becoming increasingly popular around the globe. The special appeal of these wines is largely owing to the altitude and therefore temperature of the land and the resulting unique strains of grape. Local artisans produce a variety of crafts from intricate handmade lace to the black pottery typical of the area, all of which is available at local markets throughout the region.
photo: António Sacchetti
Being situated at the highest point, the Cathedral dominates the town with its two towers. After many refurbishments, it now displays little of the style of the 13th century in which it was built but is still an important building with a cloister that boasts two storeys, a sacred art museum and an attractively painted ceiling in the sacristy. Besides the Sé, churches and convents are plentiful in Viseu and the Igreja dos Terceiros de São Francisco is renowned for its gilt work.
photo: Paulo Magalhães
Viseu bed and breakfasts
- Pousada de Viseu (from €70.40)
The setting for the Pousada de Viseu is the former São Teotónio Hospital which was originally opened in 1842. Atop the entrance to this majestic imposing building three statues Faith Hope and Charit
- Hotel Palácio dos Melos (from €72.16)
In the main building you will find all that luxury of authentic palace style with the Deluxe and Superior category rooms. The hotel has 27 rooms with hidromassage bath. In the Restaurant you will find
- Montebelo Viseu Hotel Spa (from €66.88)
The interior design the confort and the warm welcome is what one would expect of a five star hotel. Every room at the Montebelo is charming and designed to provide exceptional standards an confort. Th
- Hotel Principe Perfeito (from €59.84)
The Principe Perfeito Hotel is 5 minutes from the centre of the city of Viseu near to exit for Serra da Estrela. Close to the city centre the green areas that surround the hotel provide a peaceful and
- Hotel Douro Inn (from €0.00)
Tabua?o located in the North, Viseu district, is a land of unique landscapes and multiple contrasts between the green vineyards and the blue water, providing a pleasant quiet.
- Residencial Rubi (from €0.00)
The residential Rubi has a warm and modern environment, which is benefited by its quality of services. It is ideal for rest, pleasure or business.
In and around Viseu
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