The toponym of the municipality derives from the term "pen" and "grave", the first of which gave rise to the potuguese word "penha" (lot or rock) and "cova"grave derives from the geomorphologic characteristics of the village. Penacova is located 20 kilometers from Coimbra, in a bend of the Mondego, and branches off by ups and stony hills that provide great natural beauty. Although there are some doubts about the Foundation of Penacova, it is certain that was resettled in the reign of King Sancho I and to him was due the charter in 1192. During the term of d. Manuel I the charter was renewed, and in 1605, Penacova was elevated to a municipality. After successive reforms, Penacova is composed by nine parishes. Its main economic activity is agriculture and forestry and this is the most significant sector for the County. The forest zone occupies 70% of the municipality. The cuisine is widely acknowledged: the "chanfana", the "migas", fried river fish and lamprey rice (seasonal). In pastry claim up the "Nevadas" of Penacova. The handicrafts of the region tends to have a presence in numerous fairs that roam the country with wicker basketry, toothpicks, poplar-wood miniatures, ferries, water wheels, tapestries and bedspreads of rags.
Where to eat in Penacova
Taking advantage of the natural environment, we find here a panoramic room with a privileged view o…
Simple and familiar restaurant whose specialty is, as the name implies, the roast suckling pig Bair…
A simple and familiar space that serves fine regional dishes. It has a small terrace.
A Tasquinha do Clides, em Penacova, fica no centro da localidade e desde 2003 que se dedica a servi…
A simple and familiar space that serves fine regional dishes. One of its specialities is the lampre…
A large and welcoming space that serves national and regional dishes. Some of its specialities are …
A restaurant located in the centre of Penacova, with lovely panoramic views of the green Mondego Va…
O restaurante O Cantinho, em Penacova, é uma casa pequena, confortável e aconchegante, com uma pequ…
What to do in Penacova
Mosteiro de Lorvão
Even though the first constructions are placed in the 9th century, the traces that are possible to see nowadays are from the 17th and 18th centuries constructions. The imposing church in Joanine style from Mafra and the Mannerist cloister ought to be specially mentioned in the Monastery. One can also point out the Saint Teresa and Saint Sancha tombs, the …
Miradouro de Penacova
A place with lovely views of the Buçaco Mountain, the Mondego river and the town of Penacova.
Cruzeiro de Penacova
Cruise dating from the 17th century, located in the vicinity of the ancient castle of Penacova, based on steps of large ashlars siglados from the old medieval castle. The Doric style column, is more recent. This cruise has the peculiarity …
Praia Fluvial do Reconquinho
A river beach on the Mondego river's banks, by the camping. It has a games field, a picnic area, a bar and a boat haven.
Pelourinho de Carvalho
This pillory has an octagonal shaft topped by a capital with a finishing with a pyramid shape and ornate with a Cross and heraldic symbols.
Livraria do Mondego
Interesting rocky formation composed of quartzites, located on the banks of the Mondego river. Its name probably comes from the fact that it resembles a library.
Where to sleep in Penacova
Quinta da Conchada is a rural hotel located in the immediate vicinity of the Dam Aguieira. The landscape is marked by the presence of the River Mondego, to obt…
Typical House overlooking the River, inserted in a calm and relaxing environment. About two kilometers, there are good conditions for fishing.
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…
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The historical references to the municipality of Arganil come from far beyond. According to archaeological remains found up to now, the past of this …
Located in the Centre of Portugal, framed by the mountains of Estrela, Lousã Buçaco and Caramulo, the County Board consists of small hills, valleys, …