House where Zeca Afonso lived
José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos, a Portuguese singer and composer, better known by his nickname Zeca Afonso, lived in Belmonte. In 1939, after returning from Mozambique, he lived in Belmonte for a few years with his grandmother and an uncle. The uncle, who was mayor at the time, was a sympathiser of the German causes that dragged the world into the Second World War. There is a plaque in Largo Afonso Costa, Belmonte, in tribute to the poet, composer and singer, recording the fact that this land was his land, too, and in the end it had an influence on him and the undeniable figure of Portuguese popular music he became.