About the Municipality of Lamego
Lamego is one of the most important urban centers in the Douro region, located in the North of Portugal. Long before the founding of the Portuguese nation, the lands of Lamego were already populated and were an important point of passage in trade flows and exchanges.
From these lands come the tastiest apples and cherries, and the olives that are used to make a quality olive oil that is recognized throughout the country. But it is the vineyard that dominates the landscape and it was from wine that the people derived their main sustenance for centuries.
Lamego is located in the heart of the Alto Douro Wine Region, proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000. The region produces the famous Port wine, representing the main vector of dynamization of technology, culture, traditions and local economy. The great human investment in this landscape of unique beauty has made possible the settlement of populations since the distant Roman occupation, and from it has resulted a living and evolving reality, both a testimony of the past and the engine of the future, solidly anchored in the optimization of natural resources and the preservation of the environment.
The religious architecture has a unique expression in Lamego, because it is one of the oldest dioceses in the country. Lamego's Cathedral was born before the foundation of the nation, but the building as we know it today is the result of a later construction, in the 12th century. The various reconstructions and additions have given it a variety of styles that come together, making it one of the most beautiful monuments in the region.
The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the staircase, built in the eighteenth century on top of the Monte de Saint Stephan, in honor of Senhora dos Remédios, are the ex-libris of Lamego. The staircase, which rises from the city center to the top of the Mount, is full of sacred places and surprising corners.
It is probably the greatest symbol of devotion to Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. In September, day and night, Lamego lives intensely the celebration of the Romaria to its patron saint. The city boils with emotions, cultural and religious events: processions, parades, folklore and much, much fireworks, and music bands, that every day take the party to the city streets.
The entire municipality is full of churches and chapels, pillories, crosses, historic villages, medieval bridges and a number of archaeological remains from the early days of settlement of these lands.
The Shrovetide of the town of Lazarim is considered one of the most traditional in Portugal and its festivities have such an ancient history that few dare guess its origins. Demons, grotesque figures with zoomorphic physiognomies or witches, preferably with pointed horns and unpainted, are the typical masks of the Entrudo of Lazarim. Masks made of alder wood (a riparian tree that grows on the banks of the river Varosa) carved by artisans of the parish that register symbolically, in their masks, their imaginary and cultural universe
The countless visitors to Lamego will find history, tradition and a strong cultural heritage, but also a wide range of leisure and outdoor sports programs, thanks to the excellent natural conditions for sports, radical and river activities such as fishing and canoeing in the clear waters of the Douro, Varosa and Balsemão rivers.