Covilhã, which belongs to Castelo Branco district and is composed of 31 parishes, is hidden amid mountains and the slopes of Serra da Estrela. Although it is located in Portugal's inland, it presents good quality of life indices and has been expanding; on the one hand thanks the manufacture of wool since remote times and, on the other, in modern times, due to the existence of Universidade da Beira Interior, which first university course, that of textiles, is today a reference on national level. The various archaeological findings, some of them open to visits, attest to the presence of remote populations, supported by the navigability of the Zêzere, which featured people of varied origins. It has also been conquered and re-conquered several times. The history of this county is forever linked to illustrious figures in the history of Portugal, as Frei Diogo Alves da Cunha, Pero da Covilhã, João Ramalho and Fernão Penteado. Currently Covilhã remains one of the major wool centers of Europe. There are, however, other activities that ensure the economic sustainability of the county, such as trade, industry, agriculture and herding and tourism. The latter benefits from the proximity of ski resorts and the existence of an admirable set of monuments and attractions that deserve to be visited. Typical gastronomy and handicrafts are exponents of Covilhã. Sausages, soups, migas (dish made with leftover bread) of eggs or tomatoes, míscaros (mushroom stew) with eggs, pastel de molho (cow meat pie soaked in broth, served like a soup), bucho (pork stomach dish), feijoada da Beira (kind of bean stew) ou ervilhas tortas (boiled snow peas) are examples of the long list of delicacies. The sweets are equally tempting: cavacas de Pinhel (sweets made with eggs and olive oil), bolo de requeijão (cottage cheese cake with cinnamon), gargantas de freira (sweets made of "soft eggs" and wrapped in wafer), talassas (waffles), biscoitos de azeite (olive oil cookies), carolos (sweet cob porridge) or tigelada da Beira (cake made with eggs and cinnamon). For the perfect combination, nothing better than a good wine from any of the local cooperative wineries.
Best restaurants in Covilhã
Author, Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
The Alchemy is a modern and refined restaurant, integrated into the H2otel Congress Medical SPA, & …
Restaurant belonging to the Porch of the Inn been fully refurbished, located some 1200 metres above…
Restaurant inserted in Quinta do Sangrinhal. Surrounded by a pleasant country atmosphere, the resta…
Best Of Covilhã
Serra da Estrela
This trail is recommended in the winter, so that one may admire the magnificent snowy landscapes. To get to the top of the Estrela Mountain one needs to be equipped, be in good shape and have a knowledge of mountaineering and orientation. The road that ascends to the Mountain is well signaled. One should save one's energy since it is …
Muralhas da Cidade da Covilhã
This Castle has a Roman foundation, probably with origins on a Lusitanian Castro that suffered sackings and destruction throughout the time. From the primitive mediaeval fortress it only survived some chunks from the wall some of them integrated in others constructions and not always visible and traces from doors and towers: Door of Sun, Door of São Vicente, Comarca Arch …
Igreja de Santa Maria Maior
Neo-Baroque revival Church of longitudinal plant, consisting of a nave, a chancel narrower and lower, a side chapel, a Baptistry, a Bell Tower and some annexes. It was built in 1886 on the spot where once existed the ancient Church …
Museu de Lanifícios da Universidade da Beira Interior / Núcleo da Real Fábrica Veiga
A science, techonology and territory museum with several sections. It aims to create an European network of information about the textle heritage.
Jardim do Lago
Large green space, opened in 2005, offering a restaurant, two bars, a mirror with waterfall, walking routes, pleasure boats, extreme sports park and a playground. It is the largest green area in the city.
Luna Chalés de Montanha
Set of 30 chalets with architecture typical of the Serra da Estrela mountains, located in Penhas da Saúde, with all amenities for a pleasant stay. Each Chalet consists of three bedrooms, living room with TV and kitchenette. The balconies you …
Ponte sobre a Ribeira da Carpinteira
The footbridge over the river of a Carpenter, opened in 2009, is the work of architect Carrilho Grace. Is one of the tallest in Portugal, with 52 meters high and 220 meters long. It was built with the main objective …
Fonte das Três Bicas
Source of backrest consisting of a rectangular plant, three pillars divided by pilasters and pillars, circular tanks and tapstands in form of frowns and topped by shells. It was built in 1855 and dismantled in the 40 TWENTIETH century, being …
Praia Fluvial do Ourondo
River Beach surrounded by wooded corners where you can see the Ribeira da Fall. Has a picnic Park, showers and toilets and a restaurant with terrace.
The remodeling of the former nightclub Company, Company was born & Club, to vote to animate the nights of Covilhã. For its two lanes regularly pass national and international DJs. During the week, it is very frequented by college students.
Convento de São Francisco / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Nave church with a Baroque feature, façade of the late 19th century, and a Gothic portal. Inside, also include the gothic vaults decorated with starry warheads, the chapels for coffin and the 16th century Baroque carved the main altar. Stands …
Museu de Arte e Cultura da Covilhã
"Patrimonivs-Museum of art and culture" is the name of this Museum, located in a 20th-century building, which exposes about one hundred works of art architectural and religious oriented spread over five floors which reflect the history of the County.
H2otel Congress & Medical Spa
Mountain Hotel built from scratch, fully integrated in the landscape, living in harmony with nature, the H2otel is located in Unhais da Serra, near the Serra da Estrela Natural Park. It has 90 rooms, of which 17 are suites and …
TGB - Lounge & Disco
Irreverent space consisting of a restaurant, a lounge bar and a nightclub, all with modern design, sophisticated, young and lively environment. Emphasis on its terrace, with large sofas do remember four-poster beds.
Aldeia Preservada de Paul
A village of the Beira region with mountain features in its houses, narrow streets and customs. An imortant centre for farming and raising cattle that also has commercial trout breeding in the brook. A special note to the mother church …