An adrenaline-filled surprise on the Route of the Romanesque
Anyone who follows me knows that I love discovering places that surprise me and in the years I've lived here in Portugal, this has happened frequently. What a country to have beautiful places that are so different from each other! So get ready and come and discover Lousada with me.
Lousada is considered the youngest municipality in Portugal, and I don't mean young in terms of age, but in terms of population. I was impressed by how many adventure sports there are. Another curiosity is that, despite having everything it takes to be a big city, it still prefers to be a Portuguese village, with all the charm that goes with it.
Its vineyards, and lots of history along the Romanesque Route. I discovered over a delightful weekend that there is so much to do in Lousada, and it has undoubtedly entered my radar of wonderful places to discover in Portugal!
Where is Lousada?
Lousada is located in the north of Portugal, belonging to the district of Porto and the sub-region of Tâmega e Sousa. Wow, if you're from the district of Porto, then it must be really close! Yes, only 45 km separate Lousada from the center of Porto, so I suggest putting it on your itinerary when you come to Porto. It's also very close to Braga. I had no idea there was all this so close by, only 50 km separate Braga from Lousada.
Attractions in Lousada
Lousada is extremely attractive in many ways, and there are many ways to enjoy tourism in the municipality. I was really impressed by how rich tourism is in the region, from adrenaline-pumping activities to historical routes.
Route of the Romanesque
Lousada is home to a huge Interpretation Center for the Romanesque and is also one of the monuments on this route, which in total covers 58 monuments throughout its length, divided into 12 municipalities. You can buy a passport at the Interpretation Center of the Romanesque, or at any of its other monuments.
Take the opportunity to stamp all the monuments on the route in your passport. I love this kind of fun and have already stamped two of the monuments in my passport. However, before I start talking about the Route of the Romanesque. Many people think that the Route of the Romanesque has something to do with the Romans, forget that!
What is Romanesque?
It is an artistic style that was present in Europe between the 11th and 13th centuries. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Christianity spread and it was here that Romanesque art made its presence felt, with its style mainly seen in Catholic churches.
Torre de Vilar
interesting place to visit in Lousada, which is also part of the
Route of the Romanesque is the Torre de Vilar.
Anyone looking at it would think
a military construction, but the tower is an example of a fortified
a fortified residence (Domus Fortis), a symbol of the power of the
I was extremely enchanted and could only imagine how the whole place could once have been a residence. Its interior is empty, with only stairs to take us to the top, but the imagination does the rest of the work and we travel back to how everything must have been centuries ago.
Ever since we moved to Portugal I've wanted to take part in a grape harvest and it was at Quinta de Lourosa that I checked off my dream list.
Quinta de Lourosa is a spectacular place to stay, especially if you're a wine lover! We didn't stay there, but we did take part in a unique activity that is open to the public: the grape harvest takes place every year and in September 2019 we had the pleasure of being able to take part.
We put on our gloves, grabbed our scissors and went out to the field to pick the grapes, then we stomped them as the ancients did and produced the beginnings of a delicious vinho verde!
After the game, we learned all about the real process of wine production, Quinta de Lourosa's main activity, and saw that production goes far beyond harvesting, treading and waiting.
After this process, we went to see the rest of the Quinta and I was delighted with their children's area, there's even a mini tractor for the kids to play on, the whole Quinta is beautiful and I certainly want to stay there one day.
But of course we weren't going to leave like that, there was still a wine tasting with delicious accompaniments, cheeses, sausages and chorizo bread! Very, very good.
Quinta da Tapada
It's a beautiful farmhouse built in 1849, with a colonial tendency, known as brasileirismo in Portugal.
If you stroll through its gardens, you'll find a few surprises along the way, such as the oldest camellia in Portugal or a grotto that reminds us of the grotto at Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The farm also produces wines and cheeses, as well as being a local accommodation with a room fit for a princess.
a guided tour of Quinta da Tapada with wine tastings.
As I've already told you, Lousada is a very young municipality and that certainly goes hand in hand with a life full of adrenaline too, which is why the Eurocircuit track is such a hit in Lousada.
The Lousada Eurocircuit has already been the venue for several European Autocross and Rally Championship races. The track is 40% of dirt and 60% of tarmac with lots of speed and adrenaline and since we're on the track why not accept an unusual invitation?
We had the opportunity to race as drivers on the track, or rather co-drivers! We got into the Rally cars and put our hearts into accelerating along with every curve, it was simply AMAZING, an experience that was very worthwhile.
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