Favaios Culture

Favaios is a beautiful land

And there is no other like it.

Favaios the most beautiful village

In this, our Portugal.

“Lindo Favaios,

Terra de fornos, padeiras,

Do branco trigo aloiado,

Floridas verdes campinas

Pelas íngremes colinas.

O seu vinho é do afamado

Sua esguia e alta torre

No velho cimo da rua

Fita largos horizontes

Parecendo escutar

O suave murmurar

Da água das suas fontes.”

Favaios Culture

The historical 'village' of Favaios, currently known as 'wine village', is one of those places with a very own identity, where remarkable traces of its 'nobility' are expressed. Involved in multiple heritage references, values and traditions that are lost in time, and that carry to this day the entrepreneurial and mobilizing spirit of its people. A 'town' set on the Douro plateau that offers a unique aura, whose cultural, material and immaterial heritage bears witness to this uniqueness.

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Landmarks of the Parish of Favaios

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The existing religious landmarks in the 'village' of Favaios reflect the existing spiritual involvement, in a region marked by an extremely significant cultural plurality. The placidity found in this corner of the Douro plateau has influenced the search for spiritual comfort, in its most different manifestations, with the Mother Church of São Domingos, recognised by its imposing top tower, taking a prominent place. The historical depth of the locality allows that the existing religious heritage reflects different cultural styles, with the chapels and religious landmarks expressing distinctive architectural features, which raise the cultural preponderance of the village and contribute to the integration of Favaios as a place of intense spiritual and cultural wealth.

Chapels of Favaios

Views at dusk

All gilded with light

From the fading sun

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It is often said that theatre is an effective way to educate the audience. The theatre is, sometimes, the real manifestation of dreams, evidenced by the look, the walk, the expression of an actor who tries to invoke feelings in an audience that eagerly tries to disconnect from their daily problems, plunging into a fantasy adventure. The cultural tradition of Favaios is intertwined with the theatre in a way impossible to disassociate, revealing more than a century of existence. The António Augusto Assunção Theatre, established in 1919, has already been the stage of several plays of undeniable value, with the presence of recognized actors of national and international dimension. Since 2006, the group OFITEFA - Oficina Teatro de Favaios fulfils the mission of boosting and promoting this art, taking the name of Favaios to the most diverse stages, creating shows of undeniable quality.


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Favaios Theatre

Opened in 1919, the theatre is one of the cultural reference points of the locality, with a capacity for 400 spectators, highlighting the stage's mouth with its personalized 'screen' with a representative painting of the historical centre of Favaios. This cultural space has already been the stage of renowned plays, with representations of several professionals such as Alves da Cunha, the Lisbon Dance Company, among others.


The 'village' of Favaios has several faces, several features that represent the feelings of its people and their power to overcome. The Bread of Favaios is one of these faces. Driven by the belief, by the memories and by the feeling of the people, the traditions of generations are still perpetuated in the locality, taking the form of the four peaks bread, which is so appreciated by all those who taste it. The bakeries of Favaios have the intention of continuing to produce the bread, together with the renowned meat balls, always supported by the ancestral teachings and techniques used for so many years.

Traditional Bakeries in Favaios

One of the most striking features of Favaios identity is its famous bread, the so-called 'four corners' wheat, produced in traditional local bakeries, in wood-fired ovens, in which the 'art and skill' of its confection dates back to the ancestors and were preserved over time by sharing these teachings from generation to generation as if they were 'oral traditions'. The traditional bakeries of Favaios are also a must-visit place, providing visitors with a truly authentic experience, sealed with the tasting of the product.


Monumental Heritage

The historical relevance of the 'village' of Favaios is evidenced in its extensive monumental material heritage, built during the several centuries of human occupation in the territory. The history of Favaios is told through these important architectural landmarks, such as the Manueline fountain, built somewhere during the reign of D. João VI (confirm with the museum), the Pombaline landmarks or the manor houses, which prove the noble lineage that marked Favaios, driving its development and thriving in the imaginary and memories of the local communities and those who visit it. The longevity of the region's history goes back to the Roman period, with the Castro Vilarelho, set in one of the highest places in Favaios, being a point of great interest.