The stone from the walls which spreads the village and stands the Melgaço History Center, is the guardian of memories and storyteller from other days. Their secular streets and alleys, where the heart of Melgaço seems to flop harder, are embraced by the walls, the symbol of the region’s history and nationality.
Symbolic place by excellence, its history and collective memory, full of narrow streets and alleys and sound sleepers, the Melgaço History Centre is must-visit site, which features seven destinations cannot miss: the Castle, the Homage tower and its Museum Centre; the Alvarinho manor-house; the Matriz Church; the Misericórdia Church and the Cinema Museum.
At the entrance to the walls do not forget to admire the statue of Inês Negra, a tribute to the woman who, according to legend, Melgaço owes its independence. (Put in link or pop-up: Designed by the sculptor José Rodrigues of the 90s, this statue symbolizes the legend of Inês Negra.
In 1388 urged consolidate the independence of Portugal, reclaiming land and strong-squares still held by the Castilians, who rejected the authority of Rei D. João I. In Melgaço, within the walls, the garrison was willing to defend the claims of Master of Aviz, imposing the resident’s Castilian domain. Among the inhabitants there was a Portuguese who defended the Castilians, coming so to have the nickname “arrenegada”. This proposed a fight between her and Inês, one inhabitant defender of nationality, to settle the dispute. From this fight Inês Negra got out victorious. – Source CMM)
Aer you prepared to tread the pavement typical Portuguese and Living Melgaço history?
Votes in good physical journey, with wanderings through imagination and memory. The option is relaxed, so when toasted for a break, whether for a relaxed coffee or lunch / dinner, is simply irresistible.
Known as “Edifício dos Três Arcos”, the Alvarinho manor-house makes you visit worth the double. On the one hand the architectural whole that gives its shelter and that makes it one of the most emblematic seventeenth century manor-house of the region, fill in the sights and memories on the other its current dedication to the Alvarinho wine fills us in every way.
Consisting of two floors, where coexist a tasting room, a conference and exhibition hall, a support bar and shop local products, this Temple of Alvarinho is the perfect place to taste and experience this true nectar. Of the most current to rarities such as Alvarinho fermented in wood or sparkling here you can meet the Alvarinho wine in all its essence, and even harmonize it with regional delicacies, including most importantly the smoked meat and sausage. An endless variety of flavours that you cannot miss!
Tel: 251 410 195
Tasting room and shop
10h00 – 12h30
14h30 – 19h00
Sun – Thursday – 10.00 – 19.00
Friday and Saturday – 10.00 am – 2.00 a.m.
Sunday and Monday of Easter,
24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January
It is going down in a staircase, beneath the earth; we come to one of the most interesting landmarks of Medieval Melgaço, dubbed the Archaeological Ruins from the Republic Square. A set of well-preserved archaeological ruins and some vestiges related to the ancient fortress, which transport us to the experiences and stories of the thirteenth to seventeenth.
Do not miss this trip and enjoy from abroad this wonderful square where rise buildings of great architectural value and historical legacy.
Unique in the country, the Film Museum is must visit for the Seventh Art lovers. Housed in the former building of the Fiscal Guard, this space brings together a unique collection donated to the City by Jean-Loup Passek whose honour prevails in the Museum’s name, known as Cinema Museum Jean-Loup Passek. Formerly Director of the Film Department of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris and La Rochellle Film Festival, Jean Loup Passek joined his passion for film to his love for Melgaço, a fact that allows us to enjoy an original and unique estate.
From space to space, jump us to view movie details, since the days of silent films to more modern. Abound photographs, posters, magic lanterns, equipment and of course many, many movies. And in addition to a permanent exhibition, the museum also offers a small auditorium and spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions, that the good cinema always make us dream!
Summer schedule: 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 19:00 | Winter schedule: 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:00.
Note: Closes on Monday.
Price: € 1. Children under 12 are free.
Telephone: 251 401 575
Tel .: 251 410 196