Freixo de Espada a Cinta, Portugal

 

Freixo de Espada à Cinta is a village in northern Portugal, located in the district of Bragança and counts 3780 inhabitants.
The river Douro, which flows about 1.5 km at the foot of the village, marks the border with Spain.

Freixo de Espada à Cinta is distinguished by the tradition of silk, still manufactured today in a 100% artisan way and highlighted at the Silk and Territory Museum.
In architecture, the village is very representative of Manueline art of the 16th century, a style relating to the great Discoveries and navigation, notably in the Matriz church which recalls the Monastery of the Jeronimos of Lisbon.
An exceptional heptagonal tower of 25 meters testifies to the old castle of the XIVth century.

Freixo de Espada à Cinta enjoys a remarkable natural environment with the nature park “Douro International”, classified Biosphere Reserve. The ancient medieval Roman road also allows beautiful walks rich in archaeological remains, varied flora, and geological testimonies…Near the village are several engravings of the Upper Palaeolithic, including the famous “horse of Mazouco”.

Freixo de Espada à Cinta is involved in numerous projects to enhance his heritage:

  • In May, the medieval Market to highlight the historic center.
  • In June, the International Literary Festival which highlights the writer Guerra Junqueiro, born in the village.
  • In August, participation in the Iberian Fair of Wines, with the Spanish provinces of Castile and Leon.
  • A project of Fair on Traditional Gastronomy is in preparation for the month of October.