The origins of Lousã's municipality date back to the Roman occupation, from which derives its toponym, since "Lausus" is in fact a Roman name. The references about Lousã reappeared after the fall of the Roman Empire and during the territory's reconquest. In 1160 it obtained the charter by the hand of Dom Afonso Henriques. It prospered during the 18th century; in the 19th century it became the scenery of an episode from the third French invasion. Today, much of the county is occupied by Serra da Lousã, a mountain range characterized by slopes and accented irregularities, by streams, dense vegetation, by the Schist Villages, that hide within it, and other secrets. It has its highest point at Trevim, at 1204 meters altitude, which features a breathtaking view. The main activities of the population, in addition to the industries, are agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and beekeeping. This last is, in fact, one the most important sources of wealth, because the mel da Serra da Lousã (Serra da Lousã honey) is a certified product and DOP (designation of protected origin). The county is filled with points of interest that are not only linked to the direct contact with nature, but also to the built heritage. The walking routes, for mountain biking or cross-country are regular and are thought to be used for all tastes and ages. They all represent the best of the region. The cuisine includes, for example, the famous chanfana (roasted goat meat, served with boiled potatoes), the tibornada no lagar (codfish cooked in a pothole mill with cabbage and potatoes), the sardinhas albardadas (spicy fried sardines) and, for dessert, we recommend the tigelada lousanense (cake made with lemon juice and cinnamon) or a “serranito”, a much sought after and appreciated sweet made of honey and chestnuts.
What to do in Lousã
Serra da Lousã
This hill is located between the Açor and Sicó hills, to the southwest of Coimbra, bordering the district of Leiria. It has a length of 30 km and a width of 30 km too and reaches its peak at about one thousand metres, on the Alto do Trevim. It has many valleys and abrupt descents on its northwest side. It …
Palácio da Lousã Boutique Hotel
Charm and refinement. In Palácio da Lousã, the first boutique-hotel to open doors in Portugal, will get lost in the many tasteful details that populate the former Palace of the Viscondessa do Espinhal, a 13th century house restored blameless, maintaining the original paintings, which can be enjoyed in the dining room. The decoration of the 46 rooms varies between the …
Percurso Pedestre da Serra da Lousã
From the bridge on the Arouce river to the abandoned village of Talasnal, there is a whole variety of flora and fauna that the Quercus organization has been aiming to preserve. The Lousã mountain is the western continuation of the Central Iberian ridge. An area of large chestnut trees and several preying birds, as well as boars, weasels, genets and …
Castelo da Lousã
Castle located on the outskirts of the village of Lousã mountain countryside. Consists of the donjon, torn by loopholes for a small irregular fence and some cubelos. Its entrance is flanked by two turrets and three more are distributed along the walls. The whole Castle is in Silurian shale, rock of the region, except the door trim of the keep, …
Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Sanctuary consisting of four chapels: Capela de São João (15th century), the chapel of the Lord of agony (19TH century), the chapel of Nossa senhora da Piedade (17th century as probable) and Senhor dos Aflitos Chapel. These chapels were built one at a time, between the 15th and 19th centuries. Its interiors retain sculptures, like that of St. John the …
This village has been recovered several times. After having been abandoned, several years ago, the houses were occupied by hippies from northern Europe and also by families from Coimbra for their summer vacations.
Percurso Pedestre de Central Ermida
A pedestrian walk near the Ermida central, along paths of lush vegetation, in full touch with nature.
Percurso Pedestre de Chiqueiro
A pedestrian trail near the village of Chiqueiro, on the Lousã mountain. Along the way there are natural belvederes with lovely views and a small picnic area.
Percurso Pedestre dos Corços
A pedestrian walk along a trail of lush vegetation, in full touch with nature.
Percurso Pedestre dos Veados
A pedestrian trail that follows a trail of lush vegetation where one can view deer at times.
Miradouro de Nossa Senhora da Piedade
A place with lovely views of the Hermitages and of the Castle, with the serpent shaped São João brook coming from the mountain until it forms a river pool. The entire mountain and the mountain villages of Casal Novo and …
Praia Fluvial da Bogueira
A river beach surrounded by vegetation, quite calm and pleasant. It has a picnic area, a playground and a gaming field.
A wide, lively space, with a dance floor, open until 6 am. Every two weeks it has live music.
Eco-Museu da Serra da Lousã / Museu Etnográfico Doutor Louzã Henriques
This museum presents a collection spanning diverse national ethnographic, where you can find instruments related to agriculture, such as agricultural implements and coupling systems. Is divided by several nuclei, such as the killing of the pig, the pottery, kitchen serrana, …
Casa dos Salazares / Casa da Viscondessa do Espinhal / Palácio dos Viscondes do Espinhal
Building of 18th and 19th century neoclassical décor. The central, high body with another floor is topped by stone and crowned by pinnacles. Currently, works here the Palácio da Lousã-Boutique Hotel.
Percurso Pedestre da Praia Fluvial de Serpins
A pedestrian walk along the Serpins river beach. The trail follows the river along calm places and lush vegetation.
Where to eat in Lousã
A simple and familiar space that serves some barbecue dishes.
A restaurant and a typical bar with quite a welcoming atmosphere, located in the preserved village …
A simple and familiar space that specializes in barbecue dishes and other traditional Portuguese di…
Where to sleep in Lousã
Charm and refinement. In Palácio da Lousã, the first boutique-hotel to open doors in Portugal, will get lost in the many tasteful details that populate the for…
Este alojamento dispõe de nove casas tradicionais de xisto, remodeladas de forma sustentável, uma construção ecológica num ambiente natural paradisíaco. Cada c…
This former farm house presents today a set of two 18TH century houses: Casa d ´ Grandmother and the House of the oven. Feature living room with fireplace, kit…
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Pampilhosa da Serra
Between the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Açor and da Lousã, in Beira Baixa, is hidden the Pampilhosa da Serra and its ten parishes. Your name, a…