Introduction

Modern Covilhã is awash in suburban sprawl, its 18th-century textile factories having given way to high-rise apartment blocks. Despite the dreary outskirts, Covilhã’s pleasant historic core remains intact, and the presence of the Universidade da Beira Interior lends it an air of modern urban vitality. The city’s geographic setting on steeply canted terraces provides phenomenal views eastward towards Spain.