Top Choice Museum in Manteigas

Burel Factory

Manteigas' burel factory originally opened in 1960 and employed 1000 people at its height (burel is a wool fabric similar to felt). After a decline in the industry it had to shut its doors last decade but, having fa…
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…
Museum in Seia

Centro de Interpretacão da Serra da Estrela

This regional museum provides an excellent introduction to the Serra da Estrela region. A nine-minute film in English or Portuguese takes you flying around the mountains’ main points of interest. Multimedia displays…
Museum in Gouveia

Museu Municipal de Arte Moderna Abel Manta

This fascinating little museum pays homage to Abel Manta, a (controversial) 20th-century Portuguese modernist painter, who was born in Gouveia. Around 23 of his works are on display, along with other works by well-k…
Museum in Seia

Museu do Brinquedo

This museum traces the history of Portuguese toys, from the Victorian to the contemporary, and as such, provides an interesting cultural study of Portuguese society, past and present. On display are over 8000 toys m…
Waterfall in Manteigas

Poço do Inferno

In springtime, this waterfall in a craggy gorge makes a beautiful sight. From Manteigas, drive approximately 4km along the signposted main road towards Torre. Just beyond Caldas de Manteigas, turn left for Poço do I…
Museum in Seia

Museu do Pão

This museum, set in a huge complex with mill wheels, a restaurant and rustic buildings, has all the information you’ll ever need on local bread production. The highlight is the traditional-style shop. It’s 1km north…
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.
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…