Gouveia is located on the western slope of the Serra da Estrela mountains, offering fantastic views over the Mondego valley. It is one of the almost unavoidable places for those making excursions to the famous ski resorts of the Serra da Estrela mountain range, one of the biggest points of attraction in the region. Its foundation date is unknown. It is only sure that it is earlier than the Roman domain of the Iberian Peninsula. Some authors believe that it has been populated by the turduli in 580 BC and later also by Portuguese/Romans. Gouveia was integrated into Christian territory in 1055-1056 and ascended to the category of city in 1987. The city is characterized by its neighborhoods, which denote its history and tradition. We recommend a stroll through the Bairro do Castelo (Castle District), considered Gouveia's birthplace, the Bairro da Biqueira neighborhood, where the Jewish community resided in the 14th century, the Bairro do Toural neighborhood, with its Manueline houses, and the Bairro do Outeiro neighborhood. The gastronomic reference in the region could not fail to be the famous Queijo da Serra accompanied by the rye bread! Make also sure to try the sausages, the sopa de moiros, the caldo de castanhas (chestnut soup), the cabrito assado (roast kid), the alambicada de borrego (typical kid stew), the feijocas à pastor (stew made with beans and different kinds of meats and sausages), the arroz de carqueja (pork ribs rice) and the bola de carne (kind of bread with ham, bacon and chorizo). Finally, indulge in the doce de castanha (chestnut sweet), leite-creme (custard-cream), doce de abóbora (pumpkin jam) and the famous arroz doce (rice pudding) made with sheep's milk.
What to do in Gouveia
Parque Ecológico de Gouveia
In this park are the native species most representative of the area, including 150 plant species. Here you can find deers, boars, Serra da Estrela dogs, deers, pheasants, partridges and foxes. In a total area of six hectares, there are marked paths on a length of about three acres, allowing visitors to enjoy a privileged contact with nature.
A geological formation at an altitude of about 1300 metres, in the Natural Park of the Estrela Mountain. This is also the place with the very first mountain resort, before several other resorts with chalets that may be seen today on the Estrela Mountain.
Museu Municipal Abel Manta
Espaço inaugurado em 1985, com uma exposição permanente de obras de arte portuguesa contemporânea, nomeadamente pintura, desenho e gravura. Para além de albergar a obra de Abel Manta, inclui ainda trabalhos de Paula Rego, Júlio Resende, Vieira da Silva, Joaquim …
Lá em Casa
Espaço rústico e acolhedor a proporcionar uma bela vista sobre Gouveia e a Serra da Estrela. Os grelhados assumem papel marcante na gastronomia praticada no restaurante, assim como alguns pratos regionais.Destaque para o Crepe de Camarão, Polvo Grelhado,Carne Barrosã e …
A friendly house with a large dining room. The dishes are well prepared in an on sight wood oven. Varied wine list, mostly of regional wines.
The big house is an 18TH century manor house located in the middle of the Serra da Estrela mountains, between George and Seia, in the village of Paços da Serra, in an olive grove property. Offers three rustic suites with …
Casas do Toural
Set of old houses located on the hillside of Serra da Estrela mountain range, within a farm where organic farming is practiced. Guests have at their disposal a swimming pool, a tennis court, a games room and will be able …
Madre de Água Hotel Rural
This new rural hotel offers 8 double rooms and 2 suites spread over 2 floors. The new unit, 4 stars, also has a multipurpose room for meetings of groups and an outdoor pool thinking during warmer weather.
Vale do Rossim Eco Resort
This resort promotes a distinct and unique concept, where the goal is to allow guests to enjoy the natural beauty of Serra da estrela, combining comfort, convenience and the already known mountain hospitality. Here you can get lodged in "Yurts", …
Passeio pelos Bairros Tradicionais de Gouveia
George is characterized by its traditional neighborhoods, full of history and tradition. We recommend a stroll through the Castle District, considered the birthplace of George, the neighbourhood of the Toe, where resided in the 14th century the Jewish community, the …
Antiga Casa da Câmara de Melo
Rectangular plant building uneven simple, with two floors. On the facade, rips a straight lintel and window, cunhal, can be seen the coat of arms of the village of Mansuri. Still retains the old Office of 1893–1895 administration and the …
Capela de Santa Marta / Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Mannerist chapel was probably built in the 17th century. Temple of Mannerist trait with simple longitudinal and plant coverage in barrel vault. The main and lateral portals, surmounted by a triangular pediment stopped by niches with monumental statuary. On the …
Casa da Torre
Rectangular plant irregular House with three floors, with openings in arch or polilobado, profusely decorated with stylized vegetal and geometric motifs. Presents monumental Corbels decorated with vegetal and anthropomorphic motifs. Enhancement for the monumental window geminate 1500s. It is also …
Castelo de Folgosinho
Revivalist Castle rebuilt in the 20th century, of circular plant, where there are still vestiges of the medieval fortification. The original castle was built in the 12th century, during the reign of Dom Sancho I, on ruins of a castro …
Convento de São Francisco / Convento do Espírito Santo
Male former convent of the order of St. Francis composed of a simple rectangular plan, consisting of a church and a convent zone with two floors. It was built in the 17th century, but has undergone several renovations throughout the …
Paço de Melo
This a joint of ruins from a baroque building dated from the 13th century with the plan in L. It is worth to mention the fifteen hundreds crenel fence which composes the former Palace frontage, with several heraldic symbols, the …
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