Welcome to Barcelos

Barcelos, a sprawling river town situated on a plateau encircled by verdant hills, does not boast a singular prominent attraction, but is renowned for its bustling open-air markets. The town holds a significant place in Portuguese folklore as the birthplace of the national icon, the rooster. As per the legend, in the 16th century, a pilgrim passing through Barcelos was falsely accused of theft. Professing his innocence, the pilgrim prophesied that the judge’s dinner that night would exonerate him as well. Astoundingly, a rooster, which was being prepared as the main dish for the magistrate’s dinner, crowed just as it was about to be served, leading to the pilgrim’s release.

Attractions in Barcelos

Tours and Activities from Barcelos