10 Things to Do in Viseu That You Shouldn't Miss

January 18, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Viseu (Portuguese pronunciation: [viˈzew]) is a city and municipality in the Centro Region of Portugal and the capital of the district of the same name, with a population of 99,274 inhabitants, and center of the Viseu Dão Lafões intermunipical community, with 267,633 inhabitants.The city of Viseu has 57.000 residents in it`s historic center.It is an immemorial city.
Restaurants in Viseu

1. Ecopista do Dao

Praca dos Caminhos de Ferro, Viseu, Portugal +351 963 444 663
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5 based on 94 reviews

Ecopista do Dao

Reviewed By CaroldvBuderim - Buderim

Stay overnight in Santa Comba Dao then do the trip one way, 50km downhill. I stayed at Casas Vale Martinho, a couple of km from the bike trail. I rented a bike from Peter, English speaking, Ecopista Comba Dao. When there are enough people, he organises a big taxi to take you to the uphill start of the trail, at Viseu, E23 for bike and taxi. Fabulous day ride, beautiful scenery, no people, no traffic. Take food as limited availability.

2. Se Catedral de Viseu

Adro da Se, Viseu 3500-195, Portugal +351 232 436 065
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4.5 based on 542 reviews

Se Catedral de Viseu

Reviewed By southerntraveller49 - Andalucia, Spain

This remarkable building justly deserves a visit. It´s rather austere and massive, having a baroque interior with golden altars, ornated vaults, etcetera. In the adjacent cloister, there are also beautiful elements and tiles. One good thing about this Cathedral is to be surrounded by others points of interest, so this is not a monumental landmark in the middle of nothing, as sometimes happens. Next to the Cathedral there is a religious art museum and, on the other side, there is an outstanding painting museum, the Grao Vasco. Shame I was a bit short of time that day, but I won´t miss it in my next stay in Viseu, which I hope to be soon, as I loved the city as a whole. Besides, there is a monumental church -Misericórdia- just opposite the Cathedral, that deserves to be seen too. This beautiful area around the Cathedral is on the top of a hill, being quite monumental and endowed with nice traditional architecture: monuments, picturesque old stone houses, cobbled winding streets and so on.

3. Museu Grao Vasco

Adro da Se | Paço dos Três Escalões, Viseu 3500-195, Portugal +351 232 422 049
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Museu Grao Vasco

Reviewed By filipags - Lisbon, Portugal

but great paintings and scultures. Just too overwhelming on the religion and also 3 euros to pay entrance.

4. Painel de Azulejos

Praca da Republica 10, Viseu 3514-501, Portugal
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Painel de Azulejos

Reviewed By giftedelaine - Bridgewater NJ USA

These lovely tiles cover the wall as you walk along the main street. The colors and designs are beautiful. We walked from out hotel and found these totally by accident. Enjoy!

5. Palacio do Gelo

Rua do Palacio do Gelo 3, Viseu 3504-526, Portugal +351 232 483 900
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4 based on 332 reviews

Palacio do Gelo

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

This is not a Palace but a shopping Mall located in the South zone of the city of Viseu. It has being inaugurated in the year 1996, not only you can find allot of stores into it, it has also a sports and health congresses and an ice skate circuit.
It has being renovated in 2006, and the most principal attractions are the ice skating circuit, and ice bar, and a sports place.
Under need you have a parking space, but you have to pay when you stay longer than a certain period of time. Anyhow a nice location to spent some time with shopping or doing sports.

6. Igreja da Misericordia de Viseu

Adro da Se, Viseu 3500-195, Portugal
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4 based on 155 reviews

Igreja da Misericordia de Viseu

Reviewed By Graça P - Lisbon, Portugal

Church of rococo and neoclassical styles, with a single nave, chancel lower and narrow, and high choir, with wooden roofs in false barrel vault. Prominent towers, topped by pinnacles tapered. Has a central portico surmounted by a balcony to balcony; spans decorated with pediments; balustrades and Bonfires. Interior with eminently neoclassical decoration.

7. Parque do Fontelo

Avenida Jose Relvas, Viseu 3500-143, Portugal +351 232 431 114
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Parque do Fontelo

Reviewed By José T

This urban park (essentially a small forest), is mainly frequented for runners, or during the weekends for families with kids.
It is very nice for a small walk, mainly in the summer.
The main sporting venues. (Football fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, gymnastic pavilion) are located in the park.
If you want to relax or to rest a little, is a good place for it.

8. Museu do Quartzo

Largo de Santa Luzia, Viseu 3515-368, Portugal +351 232 450 163
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Museu do Quartzo

Reviewed By angelica456 - Toronto, Canada

I read about this very interesting museum on trip advisor. Since I am particularly intereted in mineral rock and this being the only Quartz Museum in the world I decided to pay a visit. The location is beautiful in Sta Luzia Mountain with a great view of Viseu.
The Museum has a large collection of minerals from all over the world; has an interactive second level for students and aficionados like me. Our host was Adelino Figueiredo, the Engineer in charge of this Museum.he was informative, very pleasant and his passion for the place was obvious in his presentation. Please give yourself a treat and visit this very special place. They gave done an amazing job .

9. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Largo de Santa Cristina | Santa Maria de Viseu, Viseu 3500-181, Portugal +351 232 435 857
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4 based on 37 reviews

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

The best way to visit the “Igreja do Nossa Senhora do Carmo” in the city of Viseu, is when you are arriving by car with the intention to visit also the historical part of the city, is to park the car into the underground carpark called “Saba – Sta. Cristina – which you can find on the “Largo Santa Cristina” then you are coming out of the carpark just in front of the church. The church is from the end of the 18th you will have to get op by the staircase to enter the church, on the inside the walls are very nicely decorated with the well-known blue “Azulejos”. Nice location and only a small walk away from the restaurants, and the other locations to visit, you can let the car here for the whole visit of the historical part.

10. Cava de Viriato

Estrada Circunvalacao, 53, Viseu, Portugal
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4 based on 81 reviews

Cava de Viriato

Reviewed By John E - Lisbon, Portugal

Something unique. Described as an ancient earth wall Arab barracks hence its octagonal shape!it It is said that exists only one other identical octogonal earth wall barracks in Iraq. It is a notable vestige of Arab military occupation of the Iberian peninsula, (in this region, during around centuries IX to XI). The octagonal wall of earth, is still noticeable mostly.There are indications of previous occupation, perhaps previous or contemporary to the time of the Celts. A Master Piece of History to study...

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