Belonging to the district of Coimbra, the integration of Arganil in the Central Ranges gives it rugged terrain, a fact that justifies the existence of countless natural charms that attract tourists, with tourism being one of the main activities of the municipality, along with some industries. Handicrafts have persisted, so it will be possible to find craftsmen producing typical articles from the region: wooden spoons, shale houses and nativity scenes, basketwork, some cheeses and sausages. For lovers of good food, Arganil has authentic delicacies. The Côja-style kid, the stuffed tripe, the meat ball "à Convento de Folques", the "chanfana" and the pork greaves represent the meats; in fish, the trouts of Alva are very popular. Finally, for dessert, the "tigelada" and "nabada" from the Folques Monastery.
What to do in Arganil
Mosteiro de São Pedro / Mosteiro de Folques
Former convent of the Crúzios friars, it probably dates back to 1162, having undergone several reforms over the centuries, the last being in the last quarter of the 20th century. Sixteenth-century cloister on two floors that has undergone several changes, with emphasis on the Manueline elements in the part facing east.
Aldeia de Piódão
Classified, since 1978, as a Property of Public Interest, the village of Piódão is located in the vicinity of Montes Hermínios and is one of the oldest villages in the country, with the uniqueness of its cluster, surrounded by an extensive mantle of green. The origin of the village was due to the need for concentration and settlement of the …
Praia Fluvial de Foz D'Égua
Located near the village of Piódão, this is where the Ribeiras de Piódão and Chãs D´Égua meet, creating a magnificent water mirror. The setting could not be more beautiful, with the proximity of two mills, a wine press and blocks of stone carved by the current of the streams.
Praia Fluvial dos Moinhos de Alva
Bathing area located on the river Alva, very pleasant for a hot day.
Praia Fluvial de Cascalheira
Bathing area located on the river Alva, very pleasant on hot days.
Paisagem Protegida da Serra de Açor
Serra do Açor constitutes, together with Estrela and Lousã, the set of mountain ranges that practically divides Portugal in half. Partly covered by pine forests, the mountain range, which is located within the municipality of Arganil, hides details of rare …
Museu Regional de Arqueologia e Etnografia de Arganil
The Regional Museum of Archeology and Ethnography of Arganil includes the assets from the Roman military camp at Lomba do Canha (2nd century, Republic period) and dolmens 1 and 2 of Moinhos de Vento, Lomba do Canha, Arganil.
Queda de Água da Fraga da Pena
Inserted in the Protected Landscape Area of Serra do Açor, near the village of Benfeita, Fraga da Pena is a kind of replica, on a reduced scale, of Poço do Inferno, in Serra da Estrela. When heading towards Ribeira da …
Percurso Pedestre Socalcos - Relva Velha
Interpretive circuit that is part of the Protected Landscape Area of Serra do Açor. Starting and finishing point is in Porto Cerejeiro. It is 1.6 km long and takes approximately 2 hours. Points of Interest: Ribeira da Mata; view over …
Praia Fluvial de Coja
River beach located on the Alva River, surrounded by poplars and willow trees. In the summer, it is very popular with bathers, as the course of the water and the various dams that exist here favor the practice of extreme …
Capela de São Pedro
Granite temple dating from the 13th century (transition period from Romanesque to Gothic). The interior has three identical naves and apsidal chapels.
Barragem de Fronhas
Dam on the Alva River, Mondego Hydrographic Basin, used to control river floods and to divert the inflows to Aguieira, through a tunnel.
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Where to eat in Arganil
A restaurant that serves regional dishes.
Rustic restaurant in a House entirely built in schist. Serves good food serrana, as the chanfana, b…
A space that serves traditional Portuguese dishes.
A house that specializes in grilled dishes.
This rustic restaurant was born from an old oil press. It has a large dining room and a pleasant te…
The 420 meters above sea level, with the town of Arganil in the horizon, the MontAlto's honors in t…
Where to sleep in Arganil
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