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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…
Gastronomy in Penhas da Saúde

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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…