Fodor's Expert Review Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
The town's most famous monument is the 18th-century Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is on a hill west of the center of town and in a park of the same name. Leading to the shrine is a marvelous granite staircase of 686 steps decorated with azulejos. Landings along the way have statues and chapels. At the top, you can rest under chestnut trees and enjoy the views. During the Festas de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, the annual pilgrimage to the shrine, many penitents climb the steps on their knees, just as they do at the shrine of Bom Jesus, near Braga. The main procession is September 8, but the festivities start at the end of August and include concerts, dancing, parades, a fair, and torchlight processions. Pilgrims use the stairs, but you can always reach the top by car.