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Vouzela



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Surrounded by a landscape characterized by a huge variety of shades of green, at the heart of the Lafões valley, Vouzela is known as «the nicest town of the Beira region» and fully deserves this reputation.

The zone's natural beauty is enhanced by a rich and diversified architectural patrimony, exhibiting monuments and buildings such as the Mother Church (18th century), the Chapel of Saint Friar Gil (17th century), the pillory, the Roman bridge and impressive manors and noble houses, besides the Park and Chapel of Our Lady of the Castle, rising on a hill 500 metres high and offering a wonderful panoramic view.

Other historical constructions at the county, such as the Castle of Vilharigues (a 15th-century square-shaped tower), coexist in harmony with a rural and bucolic setting with includes gems such as the Cambarinho Nature Reserve, created to protect the local flora of rhododendrons, shrubs of the azalea family with spectacular lilac flowers.

Vouzela is also proud of displaying one of the finest specimens of megalithic art in Portugal, the Pedra Escrita (written stone) of Serrazes, a dolmen covered with mysterious geometrical symbols, besides other pre-historic remains.

Traditional handicrafts include basketry, linen goods, carpets and regional bedspreads.

At table, the county offers the unforgettable veal of Lafões, rojões (pork with wine and garlic), roast kid and other typical dishes, together with an excellent vinho verde and sweets such as the famous pastries of Vouzela and a local Easter-cake, among other specialities.

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