🇵🇹 Viseu is a city and municipality in the Centro Region of Portugal and the capital of the district of the same name, and centre of the Viseu Dão Lafões intermunipical community. Settled during the period of the early Iberian Castro culture, the territory of Viseu was populated by a series of cultures including the Romans, Suebs, Visigoths and Moors. During the Roman occupation of Iberia, Viriathus, rebel leader of the Lusitanians, is assumed to have lived for a time in the vicinity. During the Middle Ages, the city often served as seat for Visigothic nobles such as King Roderic.
Viseu is a regional economic hub with a strong wine industry and is the seat of international conglomerate Visabeira. The city is also a cultural centre, home to the nationally acclaimed Grão Vasco Museum, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Viseu, and pole of national universities, including the Catholic University of Portugal.
Economy The city and the region are famous for its wine (Dão Wine) and the Dão Wine institute, the Solar do Vinho do Dão can be found in the city. There is also an annual fair, the Feira de São Mateus. Furthermore, Viseu is also known for local handicrafts which include black pottery, bobbin lace, embroidery, and copper and wrought iron articles. With the good connections to major industrial centres and to the ports of Aveiro and Leixões, several industries have been installed in Viseu. Visabeira, a Portugal-based international conglomerate with interests in telecommunications, construction, industry, tourism, real estate and diversified services is headquartered in the city. Viseu also boasts a central hospital: Hospital of São Teotónio, two shopping & cinema complexes: the Fórum and the Palácio do Gelo, and numerous hostels and hotels in all categories.
Viseu has a population of over 100,000 people. Viseu also forms part of the wider Viseu Dão Lafões metropolitan area which has a population of over 267,633 people.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Viseu is twinned with: 🇨🇮 Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 🇮🇹 Arezzo, Italy; 🇧🇷 Campinas, Brazil; 🇸🇹 Cantagalo, São Tomé and Príncipe; 🇧🇬 Haskovo, Bulgaria; 🇵🇱 Lublin, Poland; 🇫🇷 Marly-le-Roi, France; 🇲🇿 Matola, Mozambique; 🇧🇷 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 🇨🇻 São Filipe, Cape Verde.