Near the Vilar Formoso border and within the old walls of the village you will find the Pousada of Almeida. It reveals, in spite of its modern atmosphere and spacious rooms, the historical and cultural grandiosity of the village of Almeida, now a classified National Heritage. The Pousada was built on 1985, in the place where the former prisons were located.
Specialty Restaurant Menu
• Fish soup
• Codfish stuffed with smoked ham
• Grilled kid with creamed potatoes
• Regional almond pudding
• Belmonte (74km)
• Manteigas (86km)
• Vila Pouca da Beira (123km)
• Alijó (135km)
• Castle Ruins
• Fortress (17th Century)
• Misericódia Church (17th Century)
• Town Hall
• Vila Nova de Foz Côa
• Castelo Rodrigo
• Castelo Mendo
Fairs and Markets:
• Corpus Christi (Almeida)
• Our Lady of Neves Pilgrimage (Almeida)
• Our Lady of Barca Pilgrimage (Almeida)
• Our Lady of Mosteiro Pilgrimage (Junça)
History of Almeida:
The council of Almeida presents some evidences of human presence since the Palaeolithic, having been detected kind of cities of the Bronze and Iron Era, as well as information about the roman presence.
But it was in the Medieval period that this territory suffers a great evolution, consequence from its localization near the border of the Portuguese territory and the creation of the councils guaranteeing the occupation of this region.
For a long period of time, the Côa River was the limit that dfined the border between Portugal and the Kingdom of Leão. On 1297, with the Alcanices settlement, by the king D. Dinis, the east territories in Portugal were definitely integrated. With a bigger region, Almeida and Castelo Bom got greater strategic importance.
In nowadays, the council of Almeida has three of the councils created in the Middle Ages. The village with the same name is located in the Mesas Upeland, 7km far from the border of Spain. The council presents a great historical fortune based in the existence of two medieval villages, Castelo de Mendo and Castelo Bom, and the historical village of Almeida.
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