Welcome to Gouveia
Gouveia, draped across a hillside 5km from the N17, is a charming blend of the contemporary and historical in a small-town setting. Pleasantly laid out, with parks and public gardens, it offers sufficient accommodation, food and transport to be a good base for exploring the northwestern side of Serra da Estrela. Several interesting churches, including São Pedro, clad in gorgeous azulejos (tile; added as recently as 1940) keep the eyes keen, as do several quirky museums.
Recently, local tourist authorities have made a big effort to promote the area by introducing 20 themed walking routes, designed to stimulate all the senses.