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  • Address: Barcelos, Portugal
Barcelos is a city in the Braga district of northern Portugal. The city is well known for the place where the unofficial symbol of Portugal, the cockerel, originated. Legend has it that a pilgrim was arrested for a crime he did not commit, and as he was about to be hanged, he claimed that a roasted cockerel would crow if he was innocent. Supposedly the cockerel stood up and crowed, and the man was released. Today visitors will find ceramic versions of the Galo de Barcelos throughout the city. 

Aside from colorful ceramics and the Galo de Barcelos, this walled medieval city is known for its Thursday market in Campo da República. The market attracts locals from all over the region as well as tourists. Other local attractions include the Nossa Senhora do Terço church, the Centro do Artesanato de Barcelos (handicrafts center) and the ruins of the 15th-century Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Palace of the Dukes of Bragança). The ruins of the palace have been turned into an open-air archaeological museum, which also has a cross describing the story of Galo de Barcelos. 

Practical Info

Barcelos is located 38 miles north of Porto and can be reached using route A28 or by train using the Linha de Braga line and R3111.

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6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from ... 
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6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from Lisbon

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore northern Portugal on a 6-day tour. Departing from Lisbon, discover important cities like Porto and Braga, as well as historical locations like Coimbra, ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,107.46
History and Culture Tour of Braga and Barcelos from Porto, Porto, Multi-day Tours
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History and Culture Tour of Braga and Barcelos from Porto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Your 9-hour small-group tour to Braga and Barcelos will provide historical background while allowing you to absorb the diversity of the Portugese culture. You ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.22
Private Tour: Minho Day Trip from Porto, Porto, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Minho Day Trip from Porto

Escape the well-trodden tourist trail on a private day trip from Porto to the lush green landscapes of Minho. Accompanied by a professional guide, travel to ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.10
Half-Day Barcelos Highlights Small-Group Tour, Porto, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Barcelos Highlights Small-Group Tour

Enjoy a guided tour in the center of Barcelos and visit the main monuments and attractions. Then, explore the city on a panoramic tour around in a minibus. On ...  Read more

Location: Barcelos, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.72
Barcelos and Ponte de Lima Day Trip with Lunch From Braga-Guimarães, Braga, City Tours
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Barcelos and Ponte de Lima Day Trip with Lunch From Braga-Guimarães

In this tour you will visit the most charming places in the North of Portugal. Barcelos is known by its rooster and also by their beautiful historical ...  Read more

Location: Braga, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.17
Barcelos Bike Rental, Porto, Full-day Tours
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Barcelos Bike Rental

Explore the wonders of Barcelos by two wheels on this 4-, 8-, or 24-hour bike rental. Pick out your favorite bike, receive a brief orientation from the bike ...  Read more

Location: Barcelos, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $11.91
Barcelos: Half-Day Private Tour from Porto, Porto, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Barcelos: Half-Day Private Tour from Porto

Barcelos is a beautiful and unique city in the north of Portugal, it is really famous for their crafts, such as, pottery and ceramics. Its national symbol ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $523.96

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