Located between the mountains of Estrela and Caramulo, in the heart of the Dão, the municipality of Nelas is crossed by the rivers Mondego and Dão. Rich in natural resources and with a diverse heritage, it has a great tourist potential. If you're visiting it, make sure to know the manors and noble houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, specially Casa das Fidalgas, Paço dos Cunhas and Casa de Santar. There are also interesting monuments of religious nature scattered throughout the territory. Under the health tourism, you can take advantage of the modern thermal treatments in the spa resort of Caldas da Felgueira. The production of wine is one of the strengths of the local economy. It produces some of the best Dão wines and it even possesses the headquarters of the Centro de Estudos Vitivinícolas do Dão (Dão Wine Study Center). In addition to wine, also the local queijo da serra (serra cheese) and olive oil are reference products. When it comes to festive events it is important to mention the Festas do Município de Nelas (local celebrations), which take place in the third week of June. They provide great musical shows and cultural and sportive events. The craft still lingers in this region. Visit the local crafts shops and take with you the famous rag dolls or traditional wooden objects.
Where to eat in Nelas
What to do in Nelas
Jardim de Santar
This garden has benches and tall trees, as well as a statue that is a tribute the the Queen Saint Isabel.
Cacos e Farrapos
Loja de artesanato típico, na qual podemos encontrar bonecas de pano, bonecas de palha, telas de serapilheira, madeira pirogravada, quadros em trapo, arranjos florais e trabalhos em seda.
Casa de Santar
It was known as Quinta do Casal Good, residence Dom Sancho II elevated the landlord and coutou, offered one of his men distinguished in the war. Today is known as Casa de Santar, belonging since 13 generations. Features of beautiful …
Pelourinho de Vilar Seco
This cage pillory was rebuilt from fragments. It is composed by three steps where a prismatic shaft settles, without base and with eight plain faces. The top is an open cage with eight low small columns laying in octagonal cup. …
Casa das Fidalgas
This former Manor House with views of the Serra da Estrela was recovered and is in good condition. It offers a garden with boxwood hedges that accompany the contour of the existing Lake at ground level and a fountain in …
Solar Sacadura Botte
This Manor, dating from the 17th century, is in a poor state of conservation, with all Windows covered with brick and the interior invaded by vegetation. In a deteriorated and almost impercetível, reads that the Manor suffered repair works in …
Praça do Município
This huge square, located in front of the Town Hall is one of the most frequented points of the city, because hosts several public services. Features a small lake with several fountains and an abstract sculpture in the Centre, a …
Estátua do Cristo Rei
This statue, erected in honor of Christ the King, allows a beautiful view for Vilar Seco. Has about 2.5 meters high and is based on a base with about 2.5 meters.
Igreja do Salvador / Igreja Matriz de Canas de Senhorim
This church dated from the 18th century has a Joanine façade in which the special references go to the windows, the pediment and the bell ringer tower. It is also worth to mention golden carving altarpiece in the main altar.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Santar
This church, dating from the 17TH century, has a façade with a door flanked by Windows outweighed by niches surmounted by pediments interrupted with fogaréus. Over the door, topped by a pediment with the arms, there is a French balcony …
Casa do Soito e Paço dos Cunhas
The Paço dos Cunhas, dating from the 17th century, only some small parts. This pioneering building influenced decisively the Baroque 18th century Portuguese solar. Home of the Free, elegant villa dating back to the 18th century, was based on the …
Caldas da Felgueira Termas & Spa
These spas are used, since the end of the 18TH century, to treat rheumatic diseases, Musculoskeletal and respiratory tract. In addition to being entered in a place marked by the Valley of Alto Mondego, offers varied programmes and treatments, some …
Piscina Municipal de Nelas
Infrastructure with an indoor pool and two outdoor pools with sunbathing lawn and shadow zone. It is an excellent option to enjoy leisure time during the summer season.
Museu José Adelino
This museum, located on the second floor of the library's building, houses am archaeological collection from the surrounding areas. The collection is well documented and well disposed in a small room. There is also a nice educational paper for school …
Where to sleep in Nelas
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Oliveira de Frades
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