The historical references to the municipality of Arganil come from far beyond.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.
What to do in Arganil
Mosteiro de São Pedro / Mosteiro de Folques
This is a former Convent from Crúzios Friars probably dating from 1162 and having suffered several reforms through the centuries in which the last one was on the last quarter of the 20th century. The fifteen hundreds cloister is in two floors and one stands out the Manueline elements on one of its parts.
Aldeia de Piódão
Classified, since 1978, as Property in the public interest, the village of Piódão is situated in the immediate vicinity of the Hermínios Hills and is one of the oldest settlements in the country, with the uniqueness of your cluster, surrounded by an extensive green mantle. The origin of the town was due to the need for concentration and fixation of …
Paisagem Protegida da Serra de Açor
The Açor Hill, together with Estrela and Lousã mountains, compose the set of mountain chains that practically divide Portugal in two halves. Partly covered by pine woods, the hill, in the parish of Arganil, has many truly beautiful details. The Margaraça Woods are an example of that beauty, one of the rare cases of natural vegetation on schist hillsides in …
Percurso Pedestre Socalcos - Relva Velha
A circuit that belongs to the Area of Protected Landscape of the Açor Mountain. It starts and ends at Porto Cerejeiro. It is 1.6 km long and lasts around 2 hours. Main interesting spots: the Mata brook, the views of …
Praia Fluvial de Coja
River Beach located on the river Alva surrounded by willows, poplars and salgueirinhas. In the summer, is quite sought after by bathers, given that the course of the waters and the various dams existing aqu8i favor the practice of some …
Capela de São Pedro
Granite Temple dating back to the 13th century (transition period from Romanesque to Gothic). The interior has a nave and two aisles and apse chapels alike. Is closed.
Pelourinho de Coja
This column is composed by a hexagonal base in two plans, with hexagonal and prismatic shaft and capital decorated with stylized acanthus leaves. The monument is finished by an orb with vegan expression.
Colheres de Pau de Arganil
Um dos ofícios mais tradicionais relacionados com a madeira encontra-se no concelho de Arganil: são as colheres de pau, executadas em madeira de pinho, pelos colhereiros das localidades de Benfeita, Luadas e Pardieiros.
Queda de Água da Fraga da Pena
Located at the Area of Protected Landscape of the Açor Mountain, near the village of Benfeita, the Fraga da Pena (Pena Cliff) is a kind of small replica of the Poço do Inferno (Hell's Well) on the Estrela Mountain. As …
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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 house that specializes in grilled dishes.
A space that serves traditional Portuguese dishes.
Where to sleep in Arganil
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