Pencil Factory


Where tradition and creativity meet in every stroke.

Founded in 1907, Viarco’s history began in Vila do Conde, when Councillor Figueiredo Faria and his partner, French engineer Jules Cacheux, decided to build a pencil manufacturing plant called Faria, Cacheux & Cª, also known as Portugália – Fábrica Portuguesa de Lápis.

A turning point came in 1931, when Manoel Vieira Araújo, an experienced hat maker from S. João da Madeira, decided to diversify the business of Vieira Araújo & Cª, Lda. and acquired the pencil factory. In 1936, the brand that would become emblematic for the country and accompany generations of Portuguese to this day – Viarco – was registered.

Five years later, in 1941, the company moved to S. João da Madeira, where it still operates today as Portugal’s only pencil factory.

Embark on this experience where traditional processes are transformed into the needs of the future.

When you visit Viarco’s facilities, you have the opportunity to explore the fascinating process of pencil making, from the selection of materials to final production. Visitors can witness the expert craftsmanship involved in creating these classic writing instruments.

In addition, there are small exhibitions showing the evolution of Viarco products over time, revealing the harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation. You can also learn about the different product lines, try out different pencil textures and discover the versatility of Viarco writing instruments.

For art lovers and creative enthusiasts, the Viarco store provides a unique shopping experience, offering a wide range of exclusive products. From traditional to more specialized pencils, you have the opportunity to take home a piece of Portuguese artistic tradition.

All in all, a visit to Viarco not only offers a fascinating insight into the artisanal manufacture of pencils, but also allows you to explore Portugal’s rich cultural and creative heritage.

Pessoa em atividade laboral a cortar minas de grafite.
Representaçao do lapis ainda em processo de formação.
Representa nesta imagem a fábrica Viarco, na qual se observa uma pessoa ao exercício das suas funções laborais.
Representa-se na presente imagem a disposição em série de lápis,  de uma máquina.
uma pessoa em ateividade loboral
Uma pessoa a segurar lápis ainda não concluídos durante o seu processo de formação.
Uma pessoa a segurar
  • Visiting daysMondays from 14:00 to 16:00
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 and 14:00 to 16:00
    Fridays from 9:00 to 11:30
  • Interruptions in visitsAugust, holidays and vacations (on request)
  • Pre-book5 days
  • Number of visitors per groupMin. 5 - Máx. 25
  • LanguagesPortuguese, English and French
  • Minimum age3 years
  • Duration of visit60 minutes
  • Factory storeYes
  • WorkshopYes
  • Museum RoomYes
  • ShowroomYes

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Parking available

No accessibility

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