Sitting on one of the hills above the Cavado River, Barcelos is one of the exquisite places of Portugal. Tourism has grown in the place considerably over the years. Since the 15th century, when Barcelos was established as the seat of the first Duke of Braganca, the city has developed into a politically important city of the nation. To transit to the place, Regional trains provide the basic medium. From Porto, that is 62 kilometres from Barcelos, the city can be reached by car.
“The Rooster of Barcelos” is Portugal’s common emblem. The emblem and the story behind the “rooster” garnered the native population’s favour and appreciation, and put Barcelos in the country’s list of significant places. The city is small enough and there’s no need to worry about transport. A short walk can take you to the centre of the city. The municipality of Barcelos is far-flung though. It is a good idea to hire a car in Barcelos if you want to explore the surroundings of the city, including Galegos, Vale, Braga, Pedroso, and Darque.
Barcelos is known for its pottery, mainly for the clay cockerel. Church of Senhora da Cruz is an octagonal-shaped structure built over an old chapel. The place has a story to tell of its own. The Feast of the Crosses occurs in this Church every May. Barcelos houses great monuments and notable buildings of Portugal. Centuries-old architecture can be seen at Castle of Fairy, Wall of Barcelos, Tower Manhente, Church of Santa Maria de Abbot of Neiva, Ponte de Barcelos, among other sites. With the architecture, the period’s history is also carved on these monuments, including Monument of castrejo Gallegos, Monte Castro Castro, and Monument furnace of Mount Exit. Rent a car in Barcelos to explore all these attractions.
The city is the prettiest in the North of Portugal Region. Navigating within the city is not a big concern, since all the favourite places of tourists are within walking distance from each other. The open air museum in the city was originally the palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Barcelos hosts a huge weekly market at the centrally located site of Campo de Republica, which is considered one of the largest open squares of the country. Handicrafts and pottery occupy the focal point of the market.
The stories about Barcelos are known all over Portugal. They are treasured in monuments and emblems. The beauty of the place had always made empires set up headquarters around the area. Thus, the city today has attracted tourists because of memorabilia from its past. Book a car rental in Barcelos online right away, and start to enjoy a fabulous tour of the city.
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