Vila Nova de Famalicão, better known as Famalicão, is a Portuguese city of 140,000 inhabitants in the heart of the Braga district. It is ideally located between the main cities of interest in northern Portugal. Just a few minutes by car from both Porto and Braga, this city became an important location in the industrial development of the country; this is evident from its landscape. The city is now in a process of rebirth and rehabilitation which is aiming to give it a greener and more accessible touch to attract new inhabitants - this is proving successful, as there are already 45% more residents over the last three decades.
What makes Famalicão attractive, apart from its commitment to continue growing and become a benchmark city in the country, is its connectivity. Both by car and by public transport it is very well connected to both Braga and Guimaraes and, of course, Porto, which can be reached in less than 30 minutes by car. This makes staying in Famalicão a great option if you want to get to know the northern part of the country. It is also an excellent choice if your trip is for work, since B&B Hotel Famalicão is fully equipped for working both from the room itself and from the work room that has been set up.
What has become one of the main Portuguese economic powers also has great secrets to uncover. The best examples are its medieval churches, such as the Igreja de Santiago de Antas dating from the year 1200 or the Mosteiro de Landim. It also houses an interesting railway museum or the Museu Bernardino Machado museum.
In addition, carnivals are celebrated throughout the city, making it a great destination if you want to discover something new on those days. Alternatively, the city also celebrates the Feira Grande de São Miguel to bring together farmers and artisans.
If you want something from the sea on our trip, we’ve also got good news. That’s because from the B&B Hotel Famalicão to Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim, a town on the Atlantic coast, it takes only 20 minutes on the A7.
Gastronomy is hugely important in Famalicão and a gastronomic festival is held there every year. Just like in almost all of Portugal, cod is a signature dish in this city and can be eaten in many ways, although the most typical is bacalhau à lagareiro. Apart from cod, there is a well-known traditional dish in Portuguese cuisine, known as arroz de cabidela, which you cannot miss if you travel to this charming Portuguese city. We also recommend that you try Portuguese stew or rojoes con papas de sarrabulho.