Lamego, Portugal

Lamego is a municipality in northern Portugal. It is located in the Norte Region of the Douro, part of the old district of Viseu. The city of Lamego is an ancient episcopal city lying within the Upper Douro's demarcated Port wine area. Located in a fertile valley, it is a delightful Baroque town with a central square laid out as a public garden surrounded by elegant 17th-century buildings. Its most significant role in the country's history was as the site where, in 1143, the cortes met for the very first time to declare Afonso Henriques as Portugal's first king.

Attractions in Lamego include the 12th-century castle on one of the city's two hills. It preserves a fine 13th-century keep and an unusual Moorish vaulted cistern. Atop the other hill is its most important building, the pilgrimage church of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is reached by a magnificent Baroque-style 600-step staircase. The cathedral, a Gothic structure, was built by Afonso Henriques in 1129. The city museum housed in the early 18th-century bishops' palace, includes 16th-century Flemish tapestries and works by Grão Vasco.

Things to see and do

* The Cathedral
* Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (sanctuary)
* 12th century castle
* City Museum
* Central Square

General Information

Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Euro (EUR)
Language – Portuguese
Land Area – 165.42 km²
Population – 28,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 351

Port Location – The river port at Lamego is situated on the Douro River.