The 9 Best Things to Do in Belmonte, Portugal

January 6, 2018 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in Belmonte, Portugal including Museu dos Descobrimentos, Castelo de Belmonte, Museu Judaico de Belmonte, Torre de Centum Cellas, Sinagoga de Belmonte, Igreja de Santiago e Panteao dos Cabrais, Museu do Azeite, Belmonte, Igreja Matriz de Belmonte, Zezere Eco-Museum.
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1. Museu dos Descobrimentos

Rua Pedro Alvares Cabral, Belmonte 6250-088, Portugal +351 275 088 698
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Museu dos Descobrimentos

Reviewed By ReadyToTravelYUL - Montreal

The museum is basically dedicated to the voyages of Cabral who discovered Brazi and was born in Belmonte. It is in a modern attractive building with what seems like well done displays some of which were interactive. However, there is very little English in the museum which is unfortunate if they are trying to attract an international audience. They should go visit the wine and bread museum in Favios which is another small town museum we visited with excellent translations into English. There were a few video displays that had an English option but some were not working. So unless you understand Portuguese, save the price of admission.

2. Castelo de Belmonte

Rua do Castelo, Belmonte 6250-048, Portugal
Excellent
32%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 365 reviews

Castelo de Belmonte

Reviewed By RioMontreal - Montreal, Canada

This medieval castle does not have rooms to visit but has some expositions and great views. Do not miss to go to the top of the tower.
Here was born Pedro Alvares Cabral that discovered Brasil in 1500.
I recommend to buy the ticket that allow you to visit all the museums of the city.

3. Museu Judaico de Belmonte

Rua da Portela, 4, Belmonte 6250-088, Portugal +351 275 088 698
Excellent
30%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 150 reviews

Museu Judaico de Belmonte

Reviewed By golouis99 - Jerusalem, Israel

The museum returned in September 2017 to its original and now newly-renovated premises. This is a small but very informative museum capturing the spirit of the Crypto-Judaic community that has played a significant role in Belmonte life (as well as life in all of Portugal) for over 500 years. Well worth a short visit. Highly recommended.

4. Torre de Centum Cellas

Estrada da torre, Belmonte 6250, Portugal
Excellent
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4 based on 84 reviews

Torre de Centum Cellas

The Tower of Centum Cellas (also known as the "Tower of St. Cornelius"), located in the municipality of Belmonte in Portugal, is one of the most enigmatic monuments from the Roman period to be found in the country. These majestic ruins were part of a large Roman pub or guesthouse from the first century AD, situated on the road that linked Augusta Emerita (Merida) to Bracara Augusta (Braga).

Reviewed By ek6347 - Oslo, Norway

The fascination of this construction lies in the fact that no one knows for certain who built it and for what purpose. Many theories have been launched but the only certain thing is that its origin is unknown. However, excavations in the 90'ies indicates that the tower was part of a bigger construction. It is a worthwhile attraction if you pass here on your way between Lisbon and the Spanish border at Fuentes de Onoro.

Rua da Fonte da Rosa, Belmonte 6250-041, Portugal +351 275 912 465
Excellent
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Sinagoga de Belmonte

Reviewed By RioMontreal - Montreal, Canada

Unfortunately the Synagogue was closed during the week. It is no sign to indicate a contact to visit the Synagogue . As this Synagogue received donations from different communities at least better indication should be provided.
We went to Belmonte to see the Synagogue and the Museum and was disappointing that it was closed.

6. Igreja de Santiago e Panteao dos Cabrais

Rua do Castelo, Belmonte 6250-048, Portugal
Excellent
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4 based on 66 reviews

Igreja de Santiago e Panteao dos Cabrais

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

You are in Belmonte, a famous Portuguese historical village and a landmark in the history of two countries: Portugal and Brazil. Belmonte, if you don't know, is the birthplace of legendary Portuguese navigator, D. Pedro Álvares Cabral. On April 22nd, 1500, on the command of the Portuguese fleet, he discovered Brazil. These two adjoining constructions - the "Igreja de Santiago" and the "Panteão dos Cabrais" - are part of the Cabral Family's legacy to the common history of the two countries. The church was built under the orders of Dona Maria Gil Cabral and its construction dates from the 13th century. Observing the temple, some romanesque, gothic and baroque caractheristics will be easily noticed. Check the stones and the crosses: recycled materials at that time - rocks and crosses came from previous churches and from a local visigoth cemetery. While inside the church, check the impressive granite ark (the tomb of Dona Maria Gil Cabral) and a beautiful and rare "Pietá", a touching polychrome granite sculpture. A simple door connects the church with the "Panteão dos Cabrais", where many other members of the Cabral Family are buried. A tomb contains some ashes from D. Pedro Álvares Cabral (who is actually buried at the "Igreja da Graça", in Santarém). The "Panteão dos Cabrais" dates from the 15th century and the adjoining "Torre Sineira" (a bell tower) was probably built or rebuilt around the 18th century. Two amazing and important buildings that cannot be missed by all those interested in "discovering" the very beginning of the Brazilian history. Enjoy!

7. Museu do Azeite, Belmonte

Centro Historico, Belmonte, Portugal
Excellent
14%
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Satisfactory
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Poor
14%
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3.5 based on 99 reviews

Museu do Azeite, Belmonte

Reviewed By D_SOliveira - Portugal

I like this museum, it's not very big but here you can learn about olive oil extraction in the old way. The smell of olive oil is there, and so are a variety of products for tasting and acquisition. The external space needs to be maintained with more regularity, but overall it's a very interesting museum, especially if you're looking for something that helps define life in this region. Most people have olive groves or orchards, and olive oil is present in all of Portuguese cuisine including, fish, meat and even sweets preparation.

8. Igreja Matriz de Belmonte

Largo Padre Jose Franco de Matos, Belmonte 6250-027, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Igreja Matriz de Belmonte

Reviewed By drchrysc - lomba da maia

Belmonte is full of history, legends and tradition. Do not miss this mix style church and learn about its history from its inception to today's architectural format

9. Zezere Eco-Museum

Rua Pedro Alvares Cabral, Belmonte, Portugal +351 275 088 698
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 29 reviews

Zezere Eco-Museum

Reviewed By drchrysc - lomba da maia

one of five museums that Belmonte offers, amnd indispensible to learn about nature and the surroundings of Belmonte in all areas of ecosystems..

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