Top things to do in Covilhã

Museum in Covilhã

Museu de Lanifícios

Covilhã used to be the centre of one of Europe’s biggest wool-producing regions, but stray outside the centre and you’ll see the town’s ghostly mills standing empty and forlorn. This interesting museum, housed in th…
Church in Covilhã

Igreja de Santa Maria

In the heart of Covilhã's gritty historic centre, the 16th-century Igreja de Santa Maria is a startling sight. Its facade is entirely clad in blue and white azulejos (hand-painted tiles) depicting episodes from the …
Cafe in Covilhã

Pastelaria Restaurante Montiel

Montiel's cafe is something of a social hub (if a smoky one), drawing locals for a relaxed drink and tasty snack – it has fabulous empadas (pies), sausage rolls and the like. Upstairs, the restaurant cooks up warmin…
Bridge in Covilhã

Ponte Pedonal Penedos Altos

This striking footbridge spans the valley east of the old town, connecting the centre with the town's outer suburbs. Zigzagging over the valley floor, the 52m-high structure, accessible by a free lift from the Jardi…
Portuguese in Covilhã

Restaurante Zé do Sporting

A local favourite, the vine-covered terrace of this cheerfully boisterous restaurant heaves at weekends as families and groups of friends crowd in for a filling homestyle feed. Speciality of the house is the grilled…
Club in Covilhã

Companhia Club

This sleek club is one of a cluster of popular late-night student haunts in the abandoned-looking mill zone to the north of the centre. Check its Facebook page for upcoming parties and events. To get there, head alo…
Plaza in Covilhã

Jardim Público

Commanding fabulous views, the leafy Jardim Público, north of Praça do Município, is a popular local haunt and a pleasant spot for a sunset drink at the Covilhã Jardim Café-Bar.
Portuguese in Covilhã


Housed in a rustic wood and stone building, this bar-restaurant is a popular student hangout, good for a beer and a simple meal, perhaps a hamburger or grilled steak and chips.
Cafe in Covilhã

Covilhã Jardim Café-Bar

With comfy couches inside and tree-shaded tables on its parkside terrace, this lively cafe is an enjoyable place to kick back over a cool beer and watch the world go by.