Now that the Francesinha festival is about to happen in Arcos de Valdevez (from August 1st to 7th), I thought it was nice to show some pictures I took in 2014 in one of my first visits to the historic center. Arcos de Valdevez is a village in the North of Portugal. Part of the Peneda-Gerês National Park is located in its territory and in the center of the village there’s a river beach in the Vez river. Some say Portugal was born here, in Arcos de Valdevez given the fact that in the 12th century it was performed a tournament between knights of D. Afonso Henriques and knights of D. Alfonso VII de Castela. In that tournament the knights of D. Afonso Henriques won and after that he started to be called king by Alfonso, his cousin. This confirmed that Portugal was independent from Castilla.
The historic center has a lot of houses from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century placed in a harmonious way. You can see a baroque church near the water clock. On your right, if you’re in front of the baroque church, you see another church hidden in the street. It’s the romanic church of Our Lady of Conception.
Going up through the town hall you find another two churches, with a place to look at the village underneath your feet and the public library, in a house from the end of the 19th or the beginning of the 20th century. So, the village is beautiful, it has a river and a nice beach and it’s worth to come. I come here very often because it’s my boyfriend’s hometown and I enjoy the time I spend there.
Francesinha is a traditional Portuguese meal that we enjoy to eat in the summer with beer to accompany. Find more about Francesinha em Vez (the name of the festival) here.
The water clock.
Our Lady of Conception in her romanic chapel.
These drawings are in front of the public library.
If you want to see more pictures of this beautiful place, click here.