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Mealhada is a city and municipality of about 20,000 people in Beira Litoral, Portugal. It's in the subregion of Bairrada, an agro-viticulture zone of central Portugal.


Palace Hotel do Bussaco

Mealhada (mee-uh-LYAH-duh, /mi.ɐ.ˈʎa.dɐ/) municipality has 19,358 residents (2021 preliminary). The municipality includes the towns of Luso and Pampilhosa.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

A1 motorway exit: Mealhada.

By train[edit]

Trains between Aveiro & Coimbra.

The principal stations in the area are: Linha do Norte: Pampilhosa, Mealhada, Mogofores, O.Bairro, Oia, Paraimo/Sangalhos, Curia, Aguim.

Linha da Beira Alta: Pampilhosa, Luso/Bussaco, Quinta do Valongo/Vacarica, Trezoi.

Ramal da Figueira/Cantanhede: Pampilhosa, Mala.

Get around[edit]

Map of Mealhada



Grande Hotel Luso
  • 1 Miradouro da Cruz Alta, Luso. Viewpoint at the highest point of Serra do Buçaco at 547 m (1,795 ft). There's a tall cross in dense wooded forest.
  • 2 Parque da Cidade de Mealhada (Mealhada's City Park). 14 hectares (35 acres) for leisure-time enjoyment, including sports and recreation. There's an Environmental Interpretation Center to inform about ecological issues.


Central Mealhada/jardim/cafes.

Carnaval da Bairrada/Mealhada




Regional spumantes (wines/vinho espumante da Bairrada).


Go next[edit]

Coimbra, a university town with several monuments, city museums, parks.

  • Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal, a city with canals.
  • Beaches: Mira, Figueira da Foz, Serras do Bucaco & Caramulo..
  • The bucolic town of Luso, the villages of Bucaco (Bussaco Palace hotel), Forest/Mata do Bussaco, Cruz Alta.

Also: Curia (spa/garden and lagoon).


Routes through Mealhada
PortoAveiro  N  S  Coimbra

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