Arganil

The historical references to the municipality of Arganil come from far beyond. According to archaeological remains found up to now, the past of this region dates back to the Chalcolithic and Roman periods. Because it was a rich land in terms of gold and tin, it attracted a lot of people and, for centuries, the washing of the sands became the livelihood for many of them. The first charter, dating back to 1114, was assigned by D. Gonçalo, and renovated in 1514 by King D. Manuel. Arganil belongs to the district of Coimbra and is made of 18 parishes. Their integration in the Cordilheira Central provides it with rugged reliefs, which justifies the existence of numerous natural charms (waterfalls, fountains, different tree species, etc.) in addition to its architectural wealth. Both are current sources of tourism attraction. Tourism is, in fact, along with some other industries (metallurgy, ceramics, wood, among others), one of the major municipal activities. The handicrafts have been persisting and make it possible to find craftsmen producing typical articles of the region: wooden spoons, cots and cribs made of schist, basketry and some cheeses and sausages. Arganil "owns" authentic delicacies for gastronomy lovers. The cabrito à moda de Côja (kid dish), the bucho recheado (pork stomach filled with different kinds of meat), the bola de carne à Convento de Folques (kind of sausage ball), the chanfana (dish made of old goat meat, cooked in special black clay recipients) and the torresmos (snack made with fried or roasted pork rind and fat) are among the most wanted meat recipes; the trutas de Alva (trout dish) are a famous fish recipe. As for dessert, you may want to taste the tigelada (kind of mousse made with toffee) and the nabada do Mosteiro de Folques (kind of jam made with turnip, sugar, salt and water) and afterwards take a digestive like the homemade "medronho", chestnut and honey brandies, which can still be found in the local handicraft shops.

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INATEL Piódão Hotel
INATEL Piódão Hotel

4 star

The building, in shale, fits perfectly into the surrounding landscape of the Sierra, with 27 rooms and great facilities that provide a stay marked by quiet. It…

Quinta da Palmeira - Country House Retreat & Spa
Quinta da Palmeira - Country House Retreat & Spa

4 star

Located in the green heart of the central region of the country, the Quinta da Palmeira is composed of a country house dating from the year 1890, surrounded by…

InXisto Lodges
InXisto Lodges

Estas casas em xisto inserem-se nos socalcos da montanha entre o Piodão e a Serra da Estrela e a sua construção conjuga técnicas tradicionais com uma arquitetu…

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Near Arganil

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