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 the greed of Spain's king D. Filipe II. According to traces found, the human presence dates back to prehistory in these lands, although its intensive settlement is due to the influence of the Templar Knights in the 12th century. With the reception of the Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century, the commerce, industry and importance of Fundão won strong impetus, having those contributed to the foundation of important neighborhoods and of Rua da Cale, a commerce center still today. In the 16th century the Inquisition came to put an end to this prosperity with the persecution of Jews and new Christians, whose names still linger in its inhabitants. In the late 18th century, with the assimilation of new and old Christians, Marquês de Pombal tried to regain relevance in the region with the foundation of the Real Fábrica de Lanifícios (Royal Factory of Wool), today the town hall, and the implementation of other looms and factories that made the tissues of Portugal become famous. However, the 19th century was a period of regression for the county due to the French invasions. Fundão is nowadays an important commerce, industry and services center. For this will have contributed the fertility of the region, which produces cherry and sour cherry, peach, olive oil and wine, as well as the timber, glass and textiles industry. It is important to point out the existence of tungsten, lead and tin mines and also the existence of silver and gold. The climate is Mediterranean with continental influences and considerable thermal amplitudes, in part due to the Serra da Estrela's proximity, being the county traversed by two important rivers: Zêzere and Pônsul. The inheritance of these lands is mirrored in the crafts produced there: bumble bees, adufes (Moorish tambourines), pottery, Moorish tile, lace and embroidery, as well as in gastronomy, with which the fundanenses welcome their visitors.
What to do in Fundão
Located at an altitude of 700 metres on the foothills of the Gardunha mountain, it has roman vestiges. A special note to the ruined medieval castle, with a well preserved donjon, the manuelin pillory, a romanesque house, the fountain of Dom João V and the pombaline the Mother Church. Several manors, a monument carved on the rocks, the Lagariça, and …
Serra da Gardunha
With a length of twenty kilometres and a width of tem kilometres, this hill belongs to the Old Massif of Entre Douro and Tejo, between the Pônsul and Zêzere rivers. It has its peak at an altitude of 1227 metres. Composed of rocks, quite often cliffs, it has also many trees due to the plantation, namely of chestnut trees, that …
A Moagem - Cidade do Engenho e das Artes
Large, modern cultural space, recovered from the building of the former Milling of Fundão, which offers a set of equipment and infrastructure geared to the promotion of performing arts and spectacle. Account with a 140-seat auditorium equipped for the most varied events, a Studio with 50 places, a space for the creation, experimentation and presentation of spectacles, showroom and a …
Museu Arqueológico Municipal José Monteiro
A museum located in the old Taborda Falcão de Elvas Manor, devoted to the Iberian Peninsula History. It also features temporary exhibitions.
A restaurant that has been serving the fine Beiras region's cuisine for over 30 years in a large and comfortable dining room. Very good and quite varied wine list. It has also a nice bar.
A restaurant located at the city centre. Known throughout the years for its dish preparation and its friendly atmosphere.
O Alambique de Ouro Hotel Resort
The Alembic of Gold Hotel Resort is spacious and modern décor. With 153 well-equipped rooms, several multipurpose rooms, swimming pools, healthclub, gym, tennis court, bar, restaurant and games room. Ideal place for a retreat, where the Palm trees and the …
O Alambique de Ouro
This restaurant belongs to a hotel and a profesional service and well prepared dishes. It has a larg wine list and its own cellar.
Casa das Tecedeiras
É no piso superior desta casa que se encontra o ateliê onde um grupo de tecedeiras se dedica à arte da costura e da tecelagem com o auxílio de três teares. No piso inferior existe um tear tradicional, uma exposição …
Casa de Castelo Novo
Granite House dating from the 17TH century, integrated in a historical village which is characterized by its narrow streets and the natural beauty that surrounds. Offers a calm and relaxing stay, being a good starting point to discover the serra …
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Where to eat in Fundão
A restaurant located at the city centre. Known throughout the years for its dish preparation and it…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
A restaurant that has been serving the fine Beiras region's cuisine for over 30 years in a large an…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
This restaurant belongs to a hotel and a profesional service and well prepared dishes. It has a lar…
Where to sleep in Fundão
Resultado da reabilitação cuidada do emblemático Convento de Nossa Senhora do Seixo, datado no século XVI, esta unidade de 5 estrelas apresenta uma vasta ofert…
The Alembic of Gold Hotel Resort is spacious and modern décor. With 153 well-equipped rooms, several multipurpose rooms, swimming pools, healthclub, gym, tenni…
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 …
Vila de Rei
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Vila Velha de Ródão
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