Penela, a name of celtic origins, is located between the interior mountain area and the coastal plains. It was founded during the reign of Dom Afonso Henriques and rceived its charter in 1337. It has a castle whose construction started in the 11th century and a donjon. Ot has two diffrent areas: insid walls, the oldest one, and outside walls.
Villages near Penela
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.