Vila Flor

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Vila Flor is a small town ( Vila ) and a circle ( concelho ) in Portugal with 2264 inhabitants (as at 30 June 2011).

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  • 3.2 Demographics
  • 3.3 Local holiday


First city rights ( Foral ) gave King D.Dinis the place in 1286 to the then common place names Póvoa d' Alem Sabor (English about: locality behind the Sabor ). Changed the king in the course of the current name of Vila Flor ( dt. approximately: Flower town ). 1295 was D.Dinis the site also surround by a fortification wall with five gates.

Some boost to the city later in the Middle Ages, when settled in the wake of the expulsions of Jews in the rest of Europe, some Jewish families here. However, King Manuel I had the Jews then also distribute before 1512 the City issued new city rights.

Culture and sights

Among the monuments of the place are historic public buildings, mansions and stately private homes, religious buildings, and stone fountains, including the originally built in the 15th century, Roman said, Mannerist Fonte Romana. Among the various protected religious buildings of the town include, among others the nave, mannerist - Baroque main church Igreja Paroquial de Vila Flor (also Igreja de São Bartolomeu ). Its facade is covered up to the bell towers with azulejos, and involves, among other things inside Baroque altarpieces in gilded wood ( Talha dourada ) and equipped with a coffered ceiling paintings of polished wood.

The historic center includes, inter alia, the remaining gate of the fortress walls ( Arco D.Dinis ) and medieval streets with some Manueline buildings. It stands as a whole is also a listed building.

The centrally located municipal museum Museu Municipal Dra Berta Cabral is housed in a mansion built in the 13th century and shows regional archaeological, numismatic, religious and art collections, this is a collection of African arts and crafts to see. In the various rooms of the Centro Cultural Vila Flor de concerts, film screenings, theater performances and exhibitions. The modern public library Biblioteca Municipal Complex and the Heritage Museum Casa Museu da Família Vila Real in Benlhevai are more cultural sites of the circle.

With the summer annually organized gastronomic Terra Flor Festival, which is accompanied by other events, is the circle its specialties before, including in particular the local wine of the Douro wine region, and the local, ecologically produced and origin protected olive oil in the region of Trás -os -Montes (DOP).


The tourism takes place primarily seasonal and in the form of individual tourism here. So come about when the almond blossom ( mid-February to mid-March), for early summer gastronomy festival or summer guests primarily in the outlying modernized traditional houses of rural tourism (or Agro- Turismo ), in the few private hotels and B & Bs take place itself, or at the local campsite quarters.



Vila Flor is the seat of the homonymous district. The neighboring districts are ( clockwise beginning in the north): Mirandela, Alfândega da Fé, Torre de Moncorvo and Carrazeda de Ansiães.

The following municipalities ( Freguesias ) lying in circle Vila Flor:

  • Assares
  • Benlhevai
  • Candoso
  • Carvalho de Egas
  • Freixiel
  • Lodões
  • Mourão
  • Nabo
  • Roios
  • Samões
  • Sampaio
  • Santa Comba because Vilariça
  • Seixo de Manhoses
  • Trindade
  • Vale Frechoso
  • Valtorno
  • Vila Flor
  • Vilarinho the Azenhas
  • Vilas Boas


Local holiday

  • August 24

Sons and daughters

  • Antonio de Montezinos (1604-1648), marranischer traveler and allegedly discovered the lost tribes of Israel overseas
  • Manuel António de Moura (1838-1921), painter and restorer
  • António Trigo de Morais (1895-1966), civil engineer, university professor and politician colonial
  • Cármen Santos (1904-1952), actress, film director and a producer of in - Brazil
  • Júlia D' Almendra (1904-1992), violinist and musicologist
  • Adelina Campos (1905-2008), actress
  • Miller Guerra (1912-1993), physician and politician
  • Graça Morais ( born 1948 ), painter
  • Tino Navarro (born 1954 ), film producer, director, screenwriter and actor