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
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 losing their defensive function the Castle fell into decline. Currently there are only a few pieces of walls, some doors …
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 be able to enjoy your narrow, adapted to the characteristics of the terrain, and the rich patrimonial legacy of medieval …
Centro Interpretativo do Castelo e Territórios 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.
Cineteatro São Luís
Site with excellent conditions for the implementation of cultural activities such as cinema, theatre or exhibitions.
Museu Municipal de Pinhel
O Museu Municipal de Pinhel dedica-se ao desenvolvimento de atividades culturais em diferentes espaços da cidade e do concelho, bem como à recolha e divulgação de informações e testemunhos materiais e imateriais com vista a preservar e transmitir a história …
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 …
Convento de Santo António / Convento dos Frades
Imposing religious monument, belonging to the convent of order of St. Francis (via dos capuchos). It consists of nave, chancel and Bell Tower. The interior conserves an important booty embodying: three Corbels with Christ crucified, flanked by the Virgin and …
Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo
This is a religious monument composed by a nave divided in three ranks, main chapel, lateral chapels, sacristy and campanile tower. The main façade is composed by a round arch on the doorway and by a circular window sided by …
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, …
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 …
Pelourinho de Pinhel
Pillory with an octave shaft with decorative traces in its superior part. It is topped by a circular capital that sustains an orb.
Torre do Relógio de Pinhel
The clock tower square, with four two-story facades. Access to the clock which features on the façade and the Bell is made by a stairway.
Barragem de Vascoveiro
A dam that was finished in 2000, on the Doujro river basin, more precisely on the Pega brook, used mainly for furnishing water. Because it is so lovely and with so much potential, it welcomes competitions of recreational fishing and …
This vilage, located in the extreme north of the parish, between the Massueime brook and the Côa river, still has vestiges of archaeological, architectural and natural heritage. Once fortified, it was alread inhabited by the romans. It architecture is homogeneous …
Biblioteca Municipal de Pinhel / Biblioteca Municipal Luís Augusto das Neves
Destination space to information, culture and leisure, with spaces designed for the general public: children's sector, youth sector, audiovisual sector and adult sector. There is also a section of newspapers and a documentary background.
Where to eat in Pinhel
O restaurante Primus, em Pinhel, é um daqueles locais onde o presente e o passado convivem em harmo…
Nice and spacious House, recently expanded to accommodate social events. Presents a menu based on r…
Where to sleep in Pinhel
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