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.
What to do in 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 …
Miradouro da Varanda dos Carqueijais
Location offering magnificent views over the Serra da Estrela.
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 to bring the city's residential neighborhoods that make up the urban core, as well as promoting mobility, thus avoiding the …
Elevador de Santo André
Dotado com uma cabine panorâmica e de utilização gratuita, é um ótimo meio que facilita a ligação pedonal entre a Rua Marquês d'Ávila e Bolama e a Rua António Augusto de Aguiar. Junto ao elevador há uma longa escadaria que parece acentuar ainda mais o desnível. O Plano de Mobilidade Pedonal desta cidade, fértil em declives acentuados, contempla outros dois …
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.
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 of Santa Maria do Castelo. In the interior, especially the altarpieces of gilt and neorrococós neoclassicists.
Museu de Lanifícios da Universidade da Beira Interior
A science, techonology and territory museum with several sections. It aims to create an European network of information about the textle heritage.
Tinturaria - Galeria de Exposições
A antiga Tinturaria Francisco Mendes Alçada funciona desde 2006 como Galeria de Exposições de carácter temporário. Aqui são organizadas diversas mostras de artistas locais, nacionais e estrangeiros, com vista a dinamizar e a contribuir para a promoção e desenvolvimento cultural …
Abundant vegetation. This garden has views of the northern part of the Zêzere river basin.
Estátua de Pêro da Covilhã
Statue erected in honor of Pero da Covilhã, a 15th-century Portuguese traveler natural da Covilhã.
Judiaria da Covilhã
Former Jewish quarter, where formerly are Jews, their homes and shops. The buildings feature two and three floors, with the ground floor destined to trade and the upper floors for housing. Regular plants still feature with toppings in roof of …
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 …
Museu de Arte Sacra
Encontra-se junto ao Jardim Público num edifício projetado pelo arquiteto Raul Lino e apresenta mais de um milhar de peças que já não se encontram ao culto. Inclui obras de pintura, ourivesaria, escultura, paramentaria ou metais. Entre o seu vasto …
Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions
Rural Tourism to enjoy the snow in Serra da Estrela
In the highest mountainous area of mainland Portugal there are accommodations where intense contact with nature promise…
The best river beaches in Central Portugal
From the Serra da Estrela area to the districts of Santarém and Portalegre are beautiful freshwater beaches.
Where to eat in Covilhã
Explored by the hotel group IMB, this restaurant has two rooms, one cozier, with a fireplace and an…
No centro da Covilhã, logo nas traseiras da Câmara Municipal, este é um espaço que recuperou, e bem…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
O restaurante Varanda da Estrela, nas Penhas da Saúde, faz lembrar um abrigo na montanha. A ideia d…
Author, Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
The Alchemy is a modern and refined restaurant, integrated into the H2otel Congress Medical SPA, & …
O restaurante AS Thermas, situado em Unhais da Serra, em pleno Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela d…
Where to sleep in Covilhã
Imposing, high on the mountain, the 1200 meters of altitude, in a unique recovery by the hand of the Architect Souto Moura, reborn a wonderful Pousada de Portu…
Ao olhar com atenção para a fachada do Pura Lã - Wool Valley Hotel & Spa percebe-se o desenho de um tear. Este é o primeiro sinal do conceito que envolve o hot…
Localizado no centro histórico da Covilhã, numa casa tipicamente Beirã, aqui os visitantes são brindados com experiências genuínas da região. Dispõe de nove qu…
Oleiros integrates the Centro region and covers the area of serras de Alvelos, Muradal and Lontreira, in addition to meet the Zêzere river and other …
Situated in the center of Portugal, in the region of Cova da Beira, the county of Fundão was founded in 1747 by order of D. João V, saving him from t…
Vila de Rei
Vila de Rei municipality is a small village in the District of Castelo Branco and is composed of only three parishes. The various traces found by the…
The lovely village of Belmonte is located on a rising slope of Serra da Estrela mountain range, overlooking Cova da Beira and Vale do Zêzere. It is a…