Restaurants

Gastronomy in Manteigas

Restaurante de Casa das Penhas Douradas

This smart, trendy eatery (part of Casa das Penhas Douradas) is a world away from traditional village life, and its decor comprises streamlined, Scandinavian-style tables. It's smart, sophisticated and very good. Ho…
Portuguese in Linhares & Folgosinho

O Albertino

O Albertino is a cosy stone-walled restaurant specialising in down-to-earth mountain cuisine. Dinner is a rather full-on experience: an all-you-can-eat affair featuring gamey favourites like feijoada de javali (bean…
Portuguese in Penhas da Saúde

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 Seia

Taberna da Fonte

With a gourmet shop attached (selling everything from smartly packaged oils to local cheeses), it's no surprise that this bar-restaurant is one of Seia's trendier spots. That said, despite the smart chairs, modern l…
Portuguese in Manteigas

Santa Luzia

The crisp reds and whites of the dining area blend seductively with the dark-wood tables at this main-street eatery, whose bar is always buzzing with locals enjoying a beer or two. The menu is aimed more at visitors…
Bakery in Manteigas

Pastelaria Padaria Floresta

Open bright and early, this nondescript little bakery is a hiker’s best friend, with simple sandwiches on home-made bread plus delicious trail snacks for around €1. Taste the empadas de frango (pastry dough filled w…
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…
Portuguese in Gouveia

Restaurante O Júlio

Tucked away in a narrow downtown street, this place is popular for its regional cuisine. Local character Senhor Júlio holds the fort while the rest bustle around him. House specialities include cabrito à serrana (mo…
Portuguese in Seia

Restaurante Borges

Tucked away in a tight corner off the main street, this country-style place offers large portions of delicious traditional Portuguese fare and is popular with locals celebrating special events. The TV conspicuously …
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…