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.
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 …
A simple and familiar space, located on a villa's ground floor, that serves several regional dishes…
A large, simple space that serves several regional dishes.
A rustic and welcoming space, quite large, that serves fine regional dishes.
A large, simple space that functions as a restaurant and as a cafe.
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.
What to do in Penela
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Represas Naturais de Louçainha
A rather pleasant green area with the famous natural pools and a picnic area, as well as a panoramic restaurant. A quiet space with lovely views, ideal for strolling.
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 …
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…
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…
Figueira da Foz
Figueira da Foz, located on the Atlantic coast, along the mouth of the Mondego river, is known as the "Queen of Costa da Prata", thanks to its beauti…
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…
The historical references to the municipality of Arganil come from far beyond. According to archaeological remains found up to now, the past of this …