Viagem Medieval em Terra de Santa Maria – The Medieval Journey in the Land of Santa Maria – is one of Europe’s major historical reenactment events.
As it is very popular, it attracts a good crowd every year.
About Viagem Medieval
This annual Middle Ages reenactment takes you back in time to another era.
It is held in the well preserved old town of Santa Maria da Feira. Viagem Medieval em Terra de Santa Maria shows you what daily life was like in the Middle Ages for nobility and commoners alike.
This lively, historical recreation offers a glimpse into Portugal’s heritage.
It’s also a fantastic gastronomical feast.
The market stalls will be trading as they did in the past.
There will be crafts, blacksmiths, bakers, other artisans, sword fighting, duels, jousting, sieges, battle reenactments, invasions of the castle, acrobats, jugglers, and fire-eaters.
What’s special about Viagem Medieval?
Viagem Medieval is really well organised and incredibly authentic.
If you want a taste of what life was like in the Middle Ages, this festival will certainly provide that.
You’ll also have the chance to taste a fogaça, which is a sweet roll developed over 500 years ago as an offering to the patron saint, Saint Sebastien, to rid the area of the dark plague.
How to get to the Viagem Medieval at Santa Maria da Feira
There are international airports in Lisbon and Porto.
Santa Maria da Feira is situated 286 km north of Lisbon, which is approximately 2.5 hours drive.
Buses and taxis travel from Porto to Santa Maria da Feira – a distance of approximately 30 kms.
More about Santa Maria da Feira and Porto
Santa Maria da Feira is located just south of Porto (33km), the capital of the north.
The old towns of Santa Maria da Feira and Porto are beautiful examples of Medieval architecture.
The Santa Maria da Feira Castle dates back to the 11th century and is the prominent landmark of this small city.
It’s on a hilltop looking down on the city and is an excellent example of the defence monuments built in the Middle Ages.
The nearby coastal city of Porto is worth a visit.
Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal.
Its medieval part of town, Ribeira, is UNESCO listed and full of exciting alleys to explore.
Here you’ll discover many architectural styles from Baroque to Art Nouveau.
Along with its cobbled pathways, Porto is also well-known for art, especially the hand-painted tiles (azulejos) you see everywhere and its wine and food.
Make sure you try one of Porto’s specialities: a francesinha (a sandwich with cured ham, sausage, and steak covered in molten cheese and a hot tomato and beer sauce).
It’s also the city where author JK Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, lived.