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Barcelos: The Quintessential Market Town in Northern Portugal


Every Thursday Barcelos becomes a magnet for traders selling everything from jewelry, clothing, tools, and pottery to food and vegetables. 


The weekly market is considered one of the most famous Portuguese markets due to its tradition, regional diversity of products and the feeling of soul and culture of the people of Minho and Barcelos.


Even the most conservative shoppers will find something that arouses their interest, as the prices are reasonable. In addition to produce, a wide variety of goods, such as sausage skins, bread, and even sportswear and CDs are available. However, the feature of the market is pottery.


The local pottery is characteristically brown with distinctive yellow dots. The works of Rosa Ramalho and JĂșlia Ramalho can also be found.


Those who arrive by the Gothic bridge will see ruins of the medieval castle of King Dinis, the Matrix church and the pillory. Visitors can take a walk through the Baroque inspired garden and visit the Church of Senhor Bom Jesus da Cruz.

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