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Church in Covilhã

Igreja de Santa Maria

In the midst of the grittier streets west of Praça do Município is the Igreja de Santa Maria, with a startling facade covered in azulejos (tiles). Recently a local government initiative has encouraged (rather than f…
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. Sited in the former royal textile fact…
Portuguese in Covilhã

Varanda da Estrela

This popular spot is 11km out of Covilhã, up the winding road en route to Penhas da Saude. It's a handsome eatery that celebrates Serra da Estrela (it's decked out in stone and features local artefacts), and serves …
Portuguese in Covilhã

Restaurante Zé do Sporting

Head here for unpretentious comfort food. There's lots of grilled meats – including local favourites such as coelho (rabbit) and cabrito (kid) – and other Portuguese classics. If it's on the menu when you visit, try…
Club in Covilhã

Companhia Club

This surprisingly sleek and modern DJ bar and club is one of a cluster of late-night venues popular with students, set in the abandoned-looking mill zone in the north of town. To get there, head along Avenida Frei H…
Cafe in Covilhã

Pastelaria Restaurante Montiel

The upstairs dining room serves decent regional cooking, with an emphasis on meat dishes. The downstairs cafe is a Covilhã's social hub (if a smoky one) and serves tasty snacks: fabulous empadas (pies), sausage roll…
Portuguese in Covilhã

ComFusão

This comfortable and convivial spot is winningly decorated in wood and stone and offers a short selection of typical northern Portuguese dishes and petiscos (tapas) presented with modern flair and design.
Plaza in Covilhã

Jardim Público

Commanding fabulous views, the leafy Jardim Público, north of Praça do Município, is a popular local gathering place and a pleasant spot for a drink at sunset.
Cafe in Covilhã

Covilhã Jardim Café-Bar

With comfy couches inside and tree-shaded tables on its parkside terrace, this trendy little cafe makes for an enjoyable place to watch the world go by.
Bridge in Covilhã

Ponte Pedonal Penedos Altos

This striking pedestrian bridge spans the valley east of the old town. It's immediately noticeable for its loftiness (52m at its top point) and unusual zigzag trajectory. Built by João Luís Carrilho da Graça, it's w…