Pousada de Serra da Estrela (Covilha)
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- Number of rooms: 92
- Disabled facilities
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Indoor pool
- Free internet
- Conference rooms
- Room service
- Airport (260km)
Pousada da Covilha - Early 20th Century Sanatorium
The Pousada da Serra da Estrela in Covilha opened its doors in April 2014. This Pousada is housed in a sanatorium built in the 1930s in a smart, distinctive style. The building had remained unoccupied since the 1980s until it was acquired by the Pousadas network and, under careful guidance of the architect Eduardo Souto Moura, was converted into the beautiful hotel we see today.
The Pousada has 92 rooms, some of which have magnificent views of the surrounding valley. It also benefits from a spa, an indoor pool, spacious communal areas, and a restaurant serving some of the best local cuisine.
Named after the Serra da Estrela Nature Reserve it inhabits, the encompassing mountains and green valleys stretch as far as the eye can see, making the Pousada da Covilha the ideal location to take in the majestic beauty of these Portuguese highlands. Situated high up above the town, the breath-taking views can be enjoyed from the Pousada’s restaurant and public areas. This is the perfect refuge to escape to the refreshing mountain air.
The surrounding area has plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. In winter months, it is popular amongst winter sports enthusiasts with the snow covered slopes providing plenty of opportunities for a whole host of activities. In warmer months, these snow-capped mountains melt away to reveal beautiful green summer landscapes offering idyllic locations for hiking trails, biking, and nature walks .
The town of Covilha is famed for the production of woollen goods and was at one point one of the most important textile centres of Portugal. Today the town celebrates this history through the wool museum which provides intricate details of Portugal’s textile industries. The historic narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and unique use of tiling on building façades make this a fascinating traditional Portuguese town to visit.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 (until 11.00 on weekends and public holidays)
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is server from 19.30 to 22.00
- Goat's cheese with sweet pumpkin
- Baked cod in breadcrumbs with spinach and potatoes
- Roasted kid with potatoes and vegetables
- Curd pudding with sesame and pumpkin and almonds
How to get there
From Covilha’s train station exit:
1. Leave Alameda Europa/Eixo Teixoso Canhoso Tortosendo towards Rua Professor António Esteves Lopes (0.1km)
2. Turn right and then immediately turn right again onto Rua Conde de Ericeira (0.1km)
3. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Avenida 25 de Abril (0.2km)
4. Turn right to stay on Avenida 25 de Abril (1.1km)
5. The road name changes to Largo das Forças Armadas (96m)
6. Turn left onto Rua Marquês d’Avila e Bolama / N230 (0.3km)
7. Turn right onto Rua Visconde da Coriscada / N339 (0.3km)
8. At the roundabout tale the 1st exit and follow the N339 for about 6.2km
9. You will find the Pousada on a small side round on your left.
Vila Pouca da Beira (90km)
Region & Cuisine
Portugal’s Central Region was formerly known as ‘Beiras’, the traditional name for the area between the country’s two great rivers – the Douro and the Tejo (Tagus).
The region is bordered by the neighbouring Regions of Porto & the North, and the Alentejo and Lisbon & the Tagus Valley to the south, Spain – Castilla y León and Extremadura – to the east and by the Atlantic in the west.
This is a region of contrasts with the largely flat Atlantic coastline with its white sandy beaches, pine forests and temperate climate giving way towards the interior to hills and mountains culminating in the ‘Serra da Estrela’, the highest mountain range within mainland Portugal. The region’s main river, the Mondego, has its source here, eventually reaching the Atlantic at Figueira da Foz after flowing through Coimbra, the principal city of this region. The region’s rural interior offers wonderful landscapes, notably within the Serra da Estrela National Park; glacial lakes and crystal-clear spring waters with spa towns such as Curia and Luso; ancient forests and dense woodlands on the mountain slopes, and many historic little towns and villages almost hidden away – Belmonte, with its delightful Pousada and splendid castle being a good example.
The medieval city of Coimbra in the east of the region and roughly mid-way between Lisbon and Porto is home to Portugal’s – and one of Europe’s – oldest university, known in particular for its sumptuous Baroque library. This is a monumental city: near the university is the Old Cathedral (Romanesque) and in the ancient streets with their medieval walls, arches and stairways are the 12th century Santa Cruz monastery, the 13th century Celas monastery and, on the river bank, the Baroque 17th century convent of Santa Clara-a-Nova. Some 10 miles to the south of Coimbra (and very close to the Pousada de Condeixa-a-Nova) is Conímbriga, the site of the most important Roman remains in Portugal.
Other notable historic towns include the already-mentioned Belmonte, and medieval Guarda and Castelo Branco, all in the west of the region; the coastal town of Aveiro with its lagoon, canals and typical ‘moliceiro’ boats; and towards the centre of the region Viseu with its traditional stone architecture, medieval buildings and further Roman remains.
The cuisine of this region is varied, with fish and seafood naturally predominating along the coastline. In the interior, roast suckling pig and lamb stews are particularly delicious regional specialities along with varieties of sausage, smoked meats and locally produced cheeses from the Serra da Estrela, Alcains and Castelo Branco.
This is a wine-growing region with a long tradition – the full-bodied Dão red wines are known internationally (recommended are those from Quinta da Pellada, Quinta dos Roques and Quinta de Sães), and Bairrada table and sparkling wines are also known for their quality.
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