Activities and attractions
Torre de Dona Chama is a parish where various parties take place throughout the year. The 26th of December is the Feast of Caretos, which represents the struggle between Christians and Moors, which derives from the pagan festivals between good and evil, light and darkness, the sacred and the profane. Around 3 February, the Feast of St. Brás is preceded by the feast of Our Lady of the Candeias, which has a regional character and ends with the sharing of the picnics that take in the farnéis. A Festa do Divino Senhor dos Passos, no 2 The weekend of August is the Feast of the Village, of a cultural, recreational and religious character. Then, on September 14, there is the feast of the Divine lord of the Afflicted with his small Chapel. On 25 and 26 December is the feast of St. Stephen and the Caretos. The latter gained a peculiar tipicism, although with some changes to the flavor of the times and the organization. However, lately, it consists of the following parts: “Throw the games to the Square” on the 25th, especially in the afternoon. In the dark, it is the “stealing of the donkeys”. Then “the Bonfire.” The 26 “the passage of the ciganada”, by 10 o’clock is the Carnival anticipated with boys dressed as girls and vice versa. They call it “the Madamas”. After lunch is the “blessing of bread” on the churchyard. And finally, it’s the “Running the Moorish”. There are also Moorish and Christian kings, hunters and Moorish women. It is the apotheosis of the party, with games of their own, shouts, boxes and drums.
The Tower also has many points of tourist attraction. From the gastronomy to the handicraft, passing through the typical places, monuments, pilgrimages and festivals, and traditions, as well as various dishes related to sausages and ham, handicrafts, tinning, saddlery and weaving.
Upon entering the parish of Torre de Dona Chama, one passes through a Roman Bridge over the Tuela river, Monte de São Brás, with a pre-Roman castro, the Pelourinho and its “Ursa” in Largo da Berroa, the Church Matrix, the Sanctuary of the Lord of the Afflicted.