guide to visit
Since early times Nelas developed due to its important geographic location, on an intersection of several ways, linking to the coastline, to Viseu and to the Estrela and Caramulo Mountain Ranges, achieving an even larger development with the construction of the ‘Beira Alta’ railroad, leading to an industrial progress that was quite visible in the 20th century.
This is a place of great natural beauty, in between the amazing Dão and Mondego rivers, with a luxuriant vegetation, amongst valleys and extensive pine tree fields, with unique landscapes that mark the production of the famous Dão wines.
As perfect example of the agricultural and wine production importance are the many Manor Houses that can be found throughout the region, showing off the richness that these fertile soils have provided to the Land Lords, leaving a stately architectonic heritage, such as the Tavares, Rosados Houses or the lovely Agueira Estate, among others.
Quite famous is the Nossa Senhora da Tosse Chapel, which is said that once was locate on the right Mondego river bank, yet always suffering with the constant floods. Hence, in a great population effort, and honouring the saint with great devotion, the Chapel was transferred stone by stone to Folhadal, in Nelas.
Other highlights are the Nelas Mother Church, the 1937 Pillory, the Railway Station that marks the history of the village, and presents interesting Glazed tiles panels, with rural like sceneries, or even the Cerca Estate Ecological Park.
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