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Barcelos Car Hire - Did You Know?
- The well known symbol of Portugal, the cockerel, has its origins in Barcelos where according to legend it saved the life of a traveller wrongly accused of theft by squawking his innocence.
- There is a huge weekly market held every Thursday in the Campo Da Republica and is one of the largest open air markets in the country.
- Barcelos plays host every May to the Festa Das Cruzes (Feast of Crosses) to celebrate the day in 1504 when a local cobbler allegedly saw an apparition of a cross on the chapel floor.
- There is a pottery museum which has a collection of more than 6,000 pieces.
- Barcelos is twinned with Pontevedra in Spain.
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Barcelos Mini Guide
Tell me About Barcelos
Barcelos is a town in the Braga district of northern Portugal. It is an attractive market town with medieval walls on a plateau by the river Cavado. It is famous for the Barcelos Cockerel – a brightly painted ceramic cockerel which is the symbol of Portugal and signifies good luck.
So, What’s the Story?
Many years ago, a local rich man had a party and found out that his silvery cutlery had been stolen. The man accused a pilgrim and he went to court, unfortunately the judge did not believe his pleas and sent him to the gallows. The judge was about to eat a roasted cockerel when the pilgrim said ‘If I am innocent, that cockerel will crow three times!’ Just as he was about to be hanged, the cockerel crowed three times and the judge released the pilgrim. The pilgrim returned to Barcelos and made a statue of the cockerel to commemorate the event.
How can I get There?
If you are in Portugal already, there are trains to Barcelos from Porto and buses will get you around the area. Porto Airport
is the nearest, if you are travelling from further afield and from here you can take a taxi or drive using the A28 and A11.
What can I see in the Town?
Start at the Campo da Republica, the main square with its renaissance fountain. Just north of the square is the 18th century church of Nosso Senhora do Terco, a former monastery decorated inside with panels of tiles showing monks at work and the last supper. The church of Bom Jesus da Cruz built in 1705 is octagonal in shape and has a tiled cupola and elaborate chandeliers. See the open air archaeological museum and ruins of the Dukes of Braganca Palace, you will also see a 15th century cross telling the town’s famous story of the cockerel. You could also visit the pottery museum where they have over 6,000 pieces.
What Else can I do?
Go shopping at the Thursday market in Campo da Republica, it is the largest weekly market in Portugal. There you will find everything from local produce to souvenirs and clothing. You can also take a look at the Centro do Artesanato de Barcelos, you can take home locally made copperware and table linen or of course the famous Barcelos cockerel. You can also visit the 'factory' in Viana where the costumes are made for the Feats of Crosses carnival.
Are There any Special Festivals?
The Feast of Crosses is held every May and has a 500 year old history. It is held in the Senhora de la Cruz, where a cobbler saw a vision of a cross etched into the ground and they built a church in that place.
Latest Update from Barcelos:
- The Minho region where Barcelos is located is famous for the petillant Vinho Verde wine which is only made there. Tours of vineyards are possible and an ice cold glass of the iconic wine is very refreshing on a hot day.
- From the 19th to the 21st of July, Barcelos is hosting its annual world music festival; Milhoes de Festa. Showcasing many new and innovative bands from around the world, details and tickets can be found on milhoesdefesta.com.