At the foot of the fertile slopes of Serra da Nave, between the rivers Távora and Varosa, comes the valley Varosa place of worship and meditation, chosen hair Cistercian monks there to build some of the finest examples of Cistercian art. Monasteries such as S. João de Tarouca, by checks. XII, are now living witnesses of the dynamic spirit of the early monks who shaped the region in his image, working the land, cultivating the vine, instilling norms and traditions that endure today.
Prime area of large tracts of vineyards, Here are born some of the best Portuguese sparkling, a pair of aromatic and fruity wines table, white and red.
It is this lavish union between nature and history that the Route of the Cistercian Vineyards, which merges with the demarcated region Távora – Varosa, has to offer.
“The path of the monasteries”
The route begins in the historic city of Lamego, whose foundation is attributed to the Celts and is proud to have received the courts, in which 1143, recognized D. Afonso Henriques as the first King of Portugal.
In the city, uma recommend visit to Sé Catedral, to the museum, the rise 686 staircase steps of the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies and the high enjoy the magnificent view.
In the exit, turn towards the bridge district from where you can reach Balsemão. Then we advise you to visit the chapel Visigothic of San Pedro de Balsemão, with traces of construction séc.VII.
Lamego, peta departed A24 towards Armamar, where worth visiting the Romanesque Mother Church, with square tower and the view Mizarela. In winter it can be seen the water drop Temilobos, situada a 3 km da vila, which is truly spectacular.
We follow Travanca Shoring for the Monastery of Santa Maria Salzedas (Third Order of Cistercians), whose current date draws century. XVIII. It should be noted in small wooden balconies of the houses that surround the Monastery.
Moving on, on Ucanha, we will visit the famous Caves of Murganheira, wine producer and sparkling DOC, demarcated region of Távora-Varosa,
where sparkling rest in caves dug on blue granite. Shows and selling wines and sparkling wines.
In this village on the river Varosa, temos a Ponte fortificada de Ucanha (MN), tolling tower couto Salzedas. Unique in Portugal, this witness fortified bridge the manor organization medieva.
Then to follow S. João de Tarouca, where we will find the first Monastery of the Order of Cistercians (MN) built in Portugal. Cistercian architecture of Burgundy School. No interior, among other gems,
we can admire one of the best examples in the history of Portuguese painting in the representation of S. Pedro.
Back in Lamego, in Britiande, roadside, It is the Quinta de Sta Cruz, producer-bottler of Red Wines DOC Quinta dos Urgais the demarcated region Távora – Varosa, with shows, sale of wine and craft.
“Between vineyards and chestnut”
The two routes are connected by EN 226.
The beginning of the route is in Moimenta da Beira, long tradition of locality, where you can visit the Monastery of Our Lady of Purification, also known as Church of the Nuns, and the Solar dos Carvalhais, where now housing the Town Hall.
Here you can visit the Cooperativa Agrícola do Távora, DOC Wine producer demarcated region Távora-Varosa, with shows and sale of wines.
De Beira Moimenta worth making a detour to Fonte Arcada, to view or historic center. The Romanesque church, check. XII, Source with the pointed arch, which gave its name to the locality and the Casa da Loba, check. XIII.
Heading Tabuaço can enjoy the porch of the Church of S. Peter Eagles (MN), fundada no séc. XII, which is a ravinosa touches the arm of the river Távora, facing an escarpment.
We continue south to find the Serra da Lapa, where we can go up to one of the oldest Portuguese shrines. The Chapel of the Lady of Lapa was built later, already in century. XVII Jesuits hair. Moving us a little more to the east we find the Monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tabosa (Cistercian nuns da Ordem).
Sernancelhe is the next stop of the route. Leafy chestnut trees can be seen from the road leave guess the importance of chestnut in the area. We find in the Maxilazer, Lda., with shows and sale of wines, crafts and regional products.
In Sernancelhe, we can visit the parish church (IIP), presenting an extraordinary collection of Romanesque sculptures, and the historic center is the century of the pillory. XVI and Baroque Solar dos Carvalhos. It is worth appreciating the sculptures in granite scattered village streets and gardens.
The tour ends with a magnificent view that enjoys the top of the Castle Penedono (MN), a 930 meters of altitude, dominating around a vast panorama, only limited, far, higher hair reliefs of Borders and Beyond-Douro and Castilian land of the ancient kingdom Lion.