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Vouzela Pastel

The Museum House once again carried out the VOUZELA PASTEL ROUTE.

The Route tells the story of Pastel de Vouzela, is carried out on foot, lasts about 1h 30m, with an offer of a tasting of Pastel de Vouzela and white wine tasting from the Lafões region.

You can visit the Pastel de Vouzela Museum at Casa das Ameias to learn more about the history of this pastry.

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About 200 people, including entities and guests, attended last Saturday, August 2nd, the inauguration of the Pastel de Vouzella Route, presided over by the Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Miguel Poiares Maduro.

The inauguration at Largo do Convento, a place that also marks the starting point of this route that passes through 11 more places in the village where Vouzela pastries were made and are still being made today.

The route was led by Councilor Morais de Carvalho and his wife, characters played by actor Pedro Giestas and Celeste Carvalho, owner of the Casa Museu and promoter of the project.

Pastel Museum

Where you can learn more about the history of pastel de Vouzela. 

The whole history of this pastel in one place

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Composed of extra thin and crunchy dough that contains a creamy sweet egg, this pastry made almost 200 years ago is currently the ex-libris of the region's sweets and one of the attractions that Vouzela has to offer, having been its quality recently recognized with the attribution of the gold medal in the Portuguese Conventual Confectionery contest.

There are only 3 pastry producers in Vouzela:

- Castanheira House

- Fernando Cardoso

- Vouzelpasteis 

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Legend has it that someone learned the recipe by peeking through the hole in the floor.

Stories told in the book by Pastel de Vouzela.

The recipe, kept under lock and key, was only disclosed to a few more families as a form of payment for favors. But the secrecy surrounding its production was always kept. A well-kept secret because the pastel de Vouzela became a source of income and thus it was necessary to maintain the monopoly of its production. Initially it was sold only by order but over time the sale was extended to public places, the most common points were the churchyards. Subsequently, with the arrival of the train, 100 years ago, which brought development and people to Vouzela, the railway station became an important point of sale of these pastries, thus contributing to an increase in the family economy.

Pastel Recipe


This route can be marked by the Casa Museu in Vouzela where the Route begins.

Starting at Largo do Convento, the route passes through 12 points in the village of Vouzela. Some of them are central to the history of this pastel. Others help to understand the entire process and beyond. They also show the most emblematic points that mark the history of this town, which holds a large, interesting and valuable architectural heritage.

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Route Map

Pastel de Vouzela in Book


Complete history of Pastel de Vouzela with reports collected by Celeste Carvalho and Daniel Melo.

This book will have a second edition soon available for sale at

Pastel de Vouzela Museum and Tourism Office.

With a very strong historical component explained at each point of the route, the Route passes through all the houses where the Vouzela pastries were made over the years.


The first stop is at Casa das Cardosas, which received the recipe for this conventual sweet from the hands of the nuns. The route also passes by the houses of Celestina do Vigário, Terezinha Castanheira, the Can Can girls, Laura do Paínço and Casa Amarela.


Another of the points highlighted and of great importance is the train station, an important place in the history of this pastry. 
The Igreja Matriz and the chapel of S. Frei Gil are also two stopping places, because everything is interconnected and because the Route wants to be as comprehensive as possible: to show the town's potential.
And almost at the end of the route, at point 11, the participants have contact with the confection.

The route ends at the Casa Museu with the tasting of pastel de Vouzela accompanied by white wine from Lafões. 

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