With approximately 482 km2 of surface and consists of 27 parishes, the municipality of Pinhel is flanked by two rivers-the Massueime River to the West and the river Coa to the East – and borders the municipalities of Almeida, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Vila Nova de Foz Coa, Meda, Trancoso and Guarda. Its name comes from the large quantity of existing pine trees in the area. The human occupation of the municipality began in prehistoric times, as witnessed by the paintings and engravings of Cidadelhe – core network member of Neolithic sites in the Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Coa, a UNESCO World Heritage site – and by a significant number of sites that attest to the presence of pre-Roman and Roman peoples. In the middle ages, given its strategic location vis-à-vis the spanish and in defense of the Kingdom of Portugal, were built several fortified sites throughout the County, of which stands the "Castelo de Pinhel" (castel), in what would be an advanced defence system that also encompassed the castles of Trancoso, Marialva, Guarda, Castelo Rodrigo, Almeida and Castelo Mendo. That is why the Kings of Portugal, since 1209, it had granted Foral in order to promote the settlement of these lands. Currently, the "pinhelenses" (inhabitants of Pinhel) live mainly on agriculture increasingly extensive olive groves and vineyards, in such a way that the Adega Cooperativa de Pinhel has won international recognition, stone extraction, handicrafts, meat processing and almond and, above all, tourism contributing to this, the great monumental and historical heritage of the County. In gastronomy, the highlight is the typical "enchidos de Pala", olive oil, wine and "cavacas doces".
What to do in Pinhel
Núcleo de Arte Rupestre da Faia
A nucleus composed of figures engraved in granite representing two opposed bovids and a sequence of four cattle heads pointed toward the ground, and that are associated to the schematic paintings of prehistory. Certain traits add painted details not recorded, admitting the possibility of some of the elements being Paleolithic. Is a UNESCO World Heritage site (1998) and National Monument …
Museu Municipal de Pinhel
Installed in the former Town Hall, an 18th-century building of remarkable architectural value building warrant by the Deputy of the District of Pinhel, Vicente Pereira da Cunha, the Municipal Museum of Pinhel exists since the year of 1936. Is dedicated …
Nice and spacious House, recently expanded to accommodate social events. Presents a menu based on regional cuisine, in which stand out the charcoal grill, and a good selection of fresh fish and cod, even though it's far from the coastline.
Casa dos Moinhos de Aveia
It is a rustic and cosy House, before a Miller, restored and transformed into rural accommodation, keeping the machine in perfect working order. It is located in the village of Oat Mills, which, being sparsely populated, offers rest and relaxation …
Centro Histórico de Pinhel
The origins of Pinhel dating back to the CHALCOLITHIC, but previous traces, as suggests the rock engravings in Cidadelhe, in the Valley of the Coa. So also, the historic centre of this city deserve a lengthy stop, in order to …
Miradouro do Castelo de Pinhel
Beyond the space that surrounds the beautiful castle of Pinhel, the Belvedere offers a privileged view of the whole town, the historic centre and the urban area. In 2005, the space received a virtual observation deck able to tell the …
Castelo de Pinhel
This castle was previously a fortification lusitana, having been, however, the Romans did grow militarily. In the reign of King Dinis were carried out works of fortification and expansion, being erected six towers and building walls around the village. After …
Antigo Paço Episcopal / Casa da Cultura
Residential architecture of Baroque style, Pombal and Classicist morphology, with significant elements, characteristic of the stately Baroque architecture. Ahead is a monument dedicated to the dead of the great war and a fountain. The building has the shape of a …
Centro de Exposições do Castelo de Pinhel
This is an exhibition centre operating within the Castle of Pinhel, reason which makes this cultural space at a point of great interest, since hosts often varied exhibitions that should be visited.
Where to eat in Pinhel
Nice and spacious House, recently expanded to accommodate social events. Presents a menu based on r…
Nice restaurant, quiet, to propose dishes of regional cuisine. The specialty is the lamb in the ove…
Where to sleep in Pinhel
Localizadas na aldeia do Juízo, estas simpáticas casas ficam no cruzamento da Grande Rota das Aldeias Históricas de Portugal e da Grande Rota do Vale do Côa. D…
Esta unidade de Turismo Rural proporciona uma estadia em pleno contacto com a Natureza, podendo optar pelos quartos ou pela magnífica casa na árvore.
Almeida's county is located in Beira interior, in an area called Planalto das Mesas. This location, on a bleak plateau, caused it to be an area covet…
Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Vila Nova de Foz Coa integrates in the demarcated Douro region, a fertile valley on the shores of the rivers Douro and Coa. This privileged location …
Housed in a mountain area, with units arriving to hit 985 m, municipality of Trancoso enjoys a climate of altitude, with hot summers and harsh winter…
Seia is situated on the western slope of the Serra da Estrela mountain range, covering a large part of this important Sierra. It is known for hosting…