Located in the Centre of the country, Penela is the southernmost municipality of the Coimbra district, bordering Ansião, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Condeixa-a-Nova, Miranda do Corvo and Soure. Its name came from the geographic features of the region: Penela is the diminutive of "penha", a Celtic word meaning cliff. The Castle originated in an ancient Lusitanian castro that, later in the 1st century BC, was also used by the Romans. Dom Afonso Henriques was granted the firstcCharter in 1137 and therefore it is one of the oldest counties of the country. There are in the municipality several mountain villages, with typical and well-preserved rural architecture. We highlight the shale village Ferraria de São João, in the parish of Cumieira, one of the 23 villages of shale spanning thirteen municipalities of Pinhal Interior. One of the best-known products of the municipality is the Rabaçal cheese, comes with goat cheese and sheep's milk and flavored with "erva-de-santa-maria". With regard to handicrafts, basketry and Tinsmiths are crafts with more expression.
What to do in Penela
Museu da Villa Romana do Rabaçal
A small museum that features objects taken from the ruins of the Villa Romana of Rabaçal. It requires a guided tour of the ruins.
Castelo de Penela
Castle overlooking the town, where stands out in its interior, the Church of St. Michael, dating from the 15TH century, and a set of anthropomorphic graves from the late Middle Ages. Features polygonal, irregular shape and consists of several towers and ramparts cloths of the 15th and 16th centuries. Keep the door of the village and port of betrayal, the …
Igreja Matriz de Santa Eufémia
This church was constructed on the 16th century and recovered on the 17th and 18th centuries. It stands out the glazed tiles from Coimbra that were applied on the several chapels in different times, the altarpiece on the Holly Spirit …
Villa Romana do Rabaçal
Rural Villa dating from the 4th century, featuring a private civil and Roman architecture. Possesses a remarkable housing area, both in spatial organization as in decoration. Several archaeological campaigns uncovered the residential part, complete with mosaics and octagonal peristyle. In …
Duecitânia Design Hotel
The HD Duecitânia Design Hotel is housed in a former 19TH-century paper mill, of neo-classic moth. Here are the classical antiquity and contemporaneity, against a background embellished by lush forest and by the passage of the river Dueça. The 42 …
Queda de Água da Pedra Ferida
This 25 metres high waterfall is located near Espinhal. Its brook is known for being quit rich in trouts and because there water mills and an olive oil press there. The area has interesting and varied picturesque places.
Convento de Santo António
Simple and austere building, typical of Franciscan architecture. It was built in the 16th century, still retaining the round gate entrance, cut and decorated with volutes.
Situated in the historic village of Penela, the restaurant d. Sisnando provides an experience with unique delicacies of the regional gastronomy, where the recipes are sprinkled of tradition and creativity. The wine suggestion goes to the "Wine lands of Sicó". …
Aldeia do Xisto de Ferraria de São João
This is on of the 23 schist villages in thirteen municipalities of Pinhal Interior. It is well preserved, in touch with nature, and was recently re-qualified.
Vale do Ninho Nature Houses
The home Nest Nature Valley Houses in the village of Ferraria de São João shale, arose from the reconstruction of an old 19TH century country house. Tried to keep the rustic nature that already existed but was not stopped in …
Casa do Zé Sapateiro
Stone House fully recovered, with four double rooms and one suite, all with private bathroom. The remaining areas of the House, living room and kitchen, are common. In the surrounding area you will find flagged trails for MOUNTAIN BIKING, or, …
Where to eat in Penela
Localizada na Praia Fluvial da Louçainha, este restaurante acolhedor é uma viagem para os sentidos,…
Situated in the historic village of Penela, the restaurant d. Sisnando provides an experience with …
No restaurante Varandas do Castelo, em Penela, pratica-se uma cozinha simples, mas cheia de sabores…
A large and pleasant space that serves several typical dishes of the region.
A simple and familiar space that serves several traditional Portuguese dishes, from the pork meat i…
A large and welcoming space that serves several regional dishes, namely the chanfana.
A large, simple space that serves several regional dishes.
A large, simple space that functions as a restaurant and as a cafe.
Where to sleep in Penela
The home Nest Nature Valley Houses in the village of Ferraria de São João shale, arose from the reconstruction of an old 19TH century country house. Tried to k…
Stone House fully recovered, with four double rooms and one suite, all with private bathroom. The remaining areas of the House, living room and kitchen, are co…
Located in the central region, the sub-region of the lower Mondego, Condeixa-a-Nova makes borders with the following municipalities: Coimbra, Penela,…
Figueira da Foz
Known as the “Queen of the Silver Coast”, its beautiful and extensive beaches attract tourists from all over the world, also seduced by the Casino, h…
The historical references to the municipality of Arganil come from far beyond. According to archaeological remains found up to now, the past of this …
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…