Barcelos is a charming medieval walled town in the northern Minho region of Portugal that is located about 45 minutes north of Porto. It has long been a center for artisanal handicrafts and the figurado style of pottery that features comical figurines with accentuated features, representing traditional farmers, folk musicians and nativity scene characters.
Barcelos is best known for the ornamental rooster figure – the Galo de Barcelos – that originated here and is the unofficial national icon of the country. The rooster symbolizes faith, honesty, justice and luck, and it can be found in articles including embroidered items, wooden boxes, pottery, and jewelry. Locals will place a Barcelos rooster in their house, as it is said to attract good fortune and happiness.
The town is also well known for its weekly market that is held every Thursday in the Campo Da Republica main square in the town center. The open air market is the largest in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe. Visitors come from all over to shop for everything from food, to crafts, to clothing, and of course the local pottery featuring the famous Barcelos rooster.
Book a private tour! You may want to consider booking a private tour with an English-speaking guide, if you want to visit Barcelos as a day trip from Porto. Your personal guide can provide you with information on the city and its historic sites. For more information on our Porto Day Trip that includes Barcelos, click here, and for information on all of our Porto & Porto Day Trip tours, click here.
Photo credit: Tourist Office of Barcelos
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