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Mealhada is a small city in Bairrada, an agro-viticulture zone of central Portugal,sub Region:Baixo Vouga,district of Aveiro;Metropolitam Area:Coimbra.


Bairrada, situated between the urban centers of Agueda, Aveiro and Coimbra, stretches 40 km from north to south. The region mainly comprises vineyards and contains the municipalities of Anadia, Cantanhede, Mealhada and Oliveira do Bairro. From east to west the region runs from the base of the Caramulo and Bucaco mountains to the sands of the Atlantic.

The area of Bairrada is 108,000 ha. Vineyards occupy around 15,000 ha. In the 1970s, this corresponded to 37% of the volume of the total agricultural production in the central region.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

A1 motorway exit:Mealhada.Trains between Aveiro & Coimbra.

By train[edit]

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]





central Mealhada/jardim/cafes.

Carnaval da Bairrada/Mealhada



  • Rei dos Leitões, +351 23 120-2093. 17 Avda. da Restauração, Mealhada; dinner for two €$40.
  • Restaurante Pedro dos Leitões, +351 23 120-9950. Estrada Nacional 1 - Sernadelo 3050 - 382 Mealhada, dinner for two €$40


Regional spumantes (wines/vinho espumante da Bairrada).



  • Estalagem Azevedo dos Leitões, +351 23 120-9800. Rue São Domingos, Pedrulha; doubles from €$80.


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.Rivers:Vouga,Dao,Mondego.

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 A1-PT.svg S  Coimbra

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