Gouveia is located on the western slope of Serra da Estrela, offering fantastic views over the Mondego valley. It is a must-see stop for those who go to the famous ski resorts of Serra da Estrela, one of the most appealing attractions in the region. The city is characterized by its neighborhoods, which dshows its history and tradition. We recommend a walk through Bairro do Castelo, considered the birthplace of Gouveia, Bairro da Biqueira, where the Jewish community lived in the 14th century, Bairro do Toural, with its Manueline houses, and Bairro do Outeiro. The gastronomic reference of the region is the famous Queijo da Serra and, to accompany it, the rye bread!
What to do in Gouveia
Parque Ecológico de Gouveia
In this park, you can find the most representative autochthonous species of the area, including 150 plant species. You will find deer, wild boar, Serra da Estrela dogs, fallow deer, pheasants, partridges and foxes. In a total area of six hectares, there are marked routes covering an area of about three hectares, allowing visitors to enjoy privileged contact with nature.
Museu da Miniatura Automóvel
Composed by several rooms with permanent, temporary and themed exhibitions from the automotive world. Its permanent exhibition on the Historical Evolution of the Car portrays how the car evolved and adapted over time.
Espaço Arte & Memória
Inaugurated in 2005, with the aim of promoting and preserving the local culture, this space includes pieces of sacred art that were part of the Museum of Sacred Art of Gouveia, a small collection of Cardinal Mendes Belo and the …
Museu Municipal Abel Manta
Inaugurated in 1985, with a permanent exhibition of works of contemporary Portuguese art, namely painting, drawing and engraving. In addition to housing the work of Abel Manta, it also includes works by Paula Rego, Júlio Resende, Vieira da Silva, Joaquim …
Passeio pelos Bairros Tradicionais de Gouveia
Gouveia is characterized by its traditional neighborhoods, full of history and tradition. We recommend a walk through Bairro do Castelo, considered the birthplace of Gouveia, Bairro da Biqueira, where the Jewish community lived in the 14th century, Bairro do Toural, …
Praia Fluvial do Vale do Rossim
The construction of the Vale do Rossim dam, located in the municipality of Gouveia, enabled the emergence of this recreational/leisure space where the surrounding landscape and water quality stand out.
Antiga Casa da Câmara de Melo
Building with a simple irregular rectangular plan, with two floors. On the façade, there is a window with a straight lintel and, on the corner, you can see the coat of arms of the Melo village. It still conserves the …
Capela de Santa Marta / Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Mannerist chapel probably built in the 17th century. Mannerist-style temple with a simple longitudinal plan and barrel vault coverage. The main and side portals stand out, surmounted by a triangular pediment interrupted by niches with stonework statuary. On the inner …
Casa da Torre
House of irregular rectangular plan with three floors, with openings in full arch or polylobed, profusely decorated with geometric motifs and stylized plant motifs. It features stonework corbels, decorated with anthropomorphic and vegetal motifs. Highlight for the monumental 16th century …
Castelo de Folgosinho
Revival castle rebuilt in the 20th century, with a circular plan, where traces of medieval fortification remain. The primitive castle was probably built in the 12th century, during the reign of Ling Sancho I, on the ruins of a Lusitanian …
Convento de São Francisco / Convento do Espírito Santo
Former male convent of the Order of San Francisco composed of a simple rectangular plan, formed by a church and a convent area with two floors. It was built in the 17th century, but has undergone several renovations over the …
Paço de Melo
Set of ruins of a Baroque building dating from the 13th century, with an L-shaped plan. Reference should be made to the 16th-century crenelated fence, which forms the front of the former Palace, with various heraldic symbols, the tower with …
Cabeça do Velho
Granite rock located at about 1500 meters of altitude, known for resembling a head in profile.
Folgosinho, located on the north slope of Serra da Estrela, at an altitude of 930 metres, was the county seat until 1836. It is known for having been mentioned in the "Lusíadas", due to Viriato who, according to legend, was …
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Rural Tourism to enjoy the snow in Serra da Estrela
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The best river beaches in Central Portugal
From the Serra da Estrela area to the Santarém and Portalegre districts there are beautiful freshwater beaches.
Where to eat in Gouveia
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
O chefe Filipe Pinto serve mais do que refeições. Cada um dos pratos é um desfile de tradição e reg…
Espaço rústico e acolhedor a proporcionar uma bela vista sobre Gouveia e a Serra da Estrela. Os gre…
Nouvelle cuisine, Portuguese
Nice restaurant, with large Windows make the room bright and pleasant, serving good beirã dishes.
The restaurant "O Albertino", in George, already was a grocery store and a tavern. The restaurant a…
A rustic and welcoming space that serves a wide menu of traditional Portuguese dishes, served with …
Traditional restaurant, located on the ground floor of a villa overlooking the serra da Estrela mou…
Where to sleep in Gouveia
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…
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, conve…
Aguiar da Beira
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Fornos de Algodres
Discover the charms, the hospitality of its approximately 1700 inhabitants and, of course, the Queijo da Serra of this village at the foot of Serra d…
Celorico da Beira
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