General info about the area

Águeda is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 335.3 square kilometers with a total population of 49,456 inhabitants.

Águeda was an ancillary center on the roads to Santiago, and the river-side village was most certainly visited by Queen Isabel in 1325, during her customary pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.


Águeda is integrated into the antique District of Aveiro, in the Region of Beira Litoral. It is situated in the hydrographic basin of the Vouga River, limited in the north by the Águeda River, south by the Cértima River, to the east by the Serra do Caramulo, and to the west by the Pateira de Fermentelos, placing it in a central location (the transition of the Beira Litoral and interior regions). In addition to the mentioned rivers, the area is also delimited by the River Marnel, and the tributaries of the Águeda River: the River Alfusqueiro, Agadão and Dornes ravine.

Pateira de Fermentelos, shortened to Pateira is a natural lake, localized within the triangle of the municipalities of Águeda, Aveiro and Oliveira do Bairro before the confluence of the Cértima and Águeda Rivers. It is the second largest lake in the Iberian peninsula, rich in diverse species of animal, bird, fish and aquatic plants.

Águeda is located 240 kilometres (149 miles) from Lisbon, 72 kilometres (45 miles) from Oporto and 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Aveiro.

Águeda is an important commercial and industrial center, localized in an area that is extremely fertile; the primary sectors of note: corn harvests, fruit orchards, vineyards and forest products. The region known as the Bairrada, which encompasses many of the local civil parishes, is well known for its vineyards and wine industry, as well as its suckling pig.


Among its traditional artisan products, the region is recognized for its traditional clay pottery, handmade baskets, knitted craftworks, and tannery products.

Suckling pig, in the style of Bairrada is the most significant contribution to gastronomy in the region, although sweets are not far behind: pastas de Águeda, barriga de freira, fuzis and sequilhos, in addition to the padas da Veiga. Other common dishes in this region: chanfana, rojões, carne à lampantana or caldeirda de peixe, all great meals that are accompanied by local wines and sparkling drinks from the cellars of the Bairrada region.


Source: Internet, wikipedia