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VILA VICOSA TOURISM GUIDE

A royal retreat and marble extravagance


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Vila 
Vicosa Palace Vila Vicosa 
Castle Everything around Vila Viçosa's peaceful broad streets lined with orange and lemon trees seems to be made of marble. Benches, pavements, framing of windows and doorways, and even the toilets in the bus station are made of this shining "white gold," the local marble from the enormous quarries outside the town.

Dominating Terreiro do Paço, the vast main square, is the long marble façade of the three-story Royal Palace that belonged to the Bragança dynasty. It was the birthplace of Catherine of Bragança (who later became the queen of England) in 1638, and King Carlos spent his last night here before his assassination in Lisbon in 1908. Inside is a rich mixture of English, Flemish and French tapestries, Chinese porcelain, Brazilian ebony furniture, and massive kitchens with 2000 kg of gleaming copper, with some pots and pans large enough to bathe in, and spits large enough for several oxen. There is also an armory filled with weapons and suits of armor, and a Coach Museum occupying the Royal Stables. The entrance to the royal hunting ground is through an eye-catching "knot gate," with great ropes and knots carved into stone.

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Vicosa Pousada In front of the palace stands an equestrian statue of King João IV and an Augustinian convent with a richly decorated interior, containing the tombs of the Dukes of Bragança. Their spouses are in the 16th century Chagas Convent in the same square, today a pousada.

The ruins of a lovely medieval castle nearby contain a modest archaeological museum on the first floor, and afford views of the royal hunting ground.

Vila Viçosa can be reached by bus from Evora or Estremoz, and is easily visited on a daytrip.

The town can also be visited on a tour from Lisbon.

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Places Nearby

Evora - A museum-town; a Roman temple; prehistoric sites
Estremoz - A legendary miracle; a luxury pousada
Monsaraz - A white town; a magical medieval atmosphere
Marvão - White walled town reaching the sky
Castelo de Vide - A Jewish enclave; medieval charm
Elvas - Impressive military fortifications; a monumental aqueduct
Beja - A famous 17th century love affair; a lavish old convent
Mértola - Islam meets Christianity



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
Arrábida
Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
Albufeira
Faro
Lagos
Sagres
Silves
Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
Bragança
Chaves
Vila Real

THE ISLANDS
Azores
Madeira