Pinhel

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".

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Casas do Juízo
Casas do Juízo

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…

Encostas do Côa
Encostas do Côa

Esta unidade de Turismo Rural proporciona uma estadia em pleno contacto com a Natureza, podendo optar pelos quartos ou pela magnífica casa na árvore.

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Almeida

Almeida


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Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Vila Nova de Foz Côa


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Trancoso

Trancoso


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Seia

Seia


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