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Our region

Aguieira Dam

The Aguieira Dam is inserted in a landscape of great natural beauty, on the Mondego River bed. Its beautiful reservoir is extensive, covering part of the municipalities of Carregal do Sal, Penacova, Santa Comba Dão, Tondela, Tábua and Mortágua, offering landscapes of clear beauty and peace of mind, perfect for the most varied nautical, leisure and sport activities .

 

In addition to the beauty of the cut and wooded banks, small islets and anchorages, Albufeira da Aguieira offers unique conditions for the practice of water sports such as sailing, canoeing, rowing and water skies, being even sought after for the training of athletes, national teams / international and also for simple boat trips.

 

Lamprey is the most famous delicacy in the region, giving its name to rice and deserving a festival that is organized around February / March each year. In addition to lamprey, river fish and other specialties are common.

You will also be able to taste the varied offer of conventual sweets that history has been responsible for bringing up to the present day.

Windmills and Azenhas

The Mills that, moved by the wind (Moinhos de Vento) or by the force of the water (Azenhas) transformed the cereals into flour.

The Municipality of Penacova currently has one of the largest molinological nuclei in the country, being spread across the Places of Atalhada, Aveleira and Roxo, Gavinhos, Paradela de Lorvão and Portela da Oliveira, 19 windmills in operation or in working condition, as well like 18 watermills installed in the courses of Mondego and Alva and in the many streams that run in the municipality.

If, in the past, these mills were a source of income and a form of subsistence, today they are monuments with surprising heritage value.

Regional Gastronomy

In the center of Portugal, where green forests coexist and some of the oldest historical-archaeological remains in the country, we find great itineraries to explore.

Lamprey is the most famous delicacy in the region, giving its name to rice and deserving a festival that is organized around February / March each year. In addition to lamprey, river fish and other specialties are common.

 

You will also be able to taste the varied offer of conventual sweets that history has been responsible for bringing up to the present day.

An exponent of the gastronomy of the Center of Portugal is the suckling pig from Bairrada, accompanied with sparkling wine from the same region.

 

And how to forget the famous Pastéis de Lorvão, delicious examples of conventual sweets from the Lorvão region, and Lampatana, a dish made from sheep meat, since time immemorial a gastronomic specialty in the municipality of Mortágua.

Tourist Routes and Points of Interest

Here are some suggestions for routes and points of interest not to be missed in our region:
Museu do Caramulo
Caramulo Museum

The Museu do Caramulo is located in the Portuguese village of Caramulo, municipality of Tondela, district of Viseu. The Museu do Caramulo has been open to the public for more than 60 years (1953) and with more than one million visits, the Museu do Caramulo houses in its estate several collections and exhibitions, starting with the […]

Quedas de Água das Paredes
Waterfalls of the Walls

Paredes Water Falls Pedestrian trail that follows the Ribeira dos Moinhos in an area of great natural beauty, along which we can observe traces of the agricultural past of this area of the municipality. Download route

Rota do Xisto
Schist Route

Route to be made by car, passing through Eurigo, Tojeira and Vila Nova, among many other places of architectural and ethnographic interest. Download route

Rota da Mortágua
Mortágua Route

Mortágua Route Route to be made by car, passing through Praça do Município, Pelourinho de Mortágua and Igreja Matriz de Mortágua, among many other places of historical and scenic interest. Download route

Rota da Aguieira
Aguieira Route

Rota da Aguieira Route to be made by car, passing by the Aguieira Dam, Almaça and Sanctuary of Cabeço do Senhor do Mundo, among many other places and breathtaking landscapes. Download route

Rota da Irmânia
Sisterhood Route

Rota da Irmânia Route by car, passing through Marmeleira / Vila de Irmânia, Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Carmo and Moinho da Moura, among many other places and stunning landscapes. Download route

Fluvial Beach - Nossa Srª da Ribeira

Senhora da Ribeira is a river beach located in the Aguieira reservoir, visited by hundreds of people looking for rest and the tranquility of family life. With bar, restaurant, river pier, river beach and water gull services, this river beach delights all locals and visitors of the beautiful region.

Mortágua

Embraced by the Serras do Caramulo and Buçaco, with the Albufeira da Aguieira at your feet, Mortágua has in itself a tourist area waiting to be discovered by those who like to enjoy life outdoors and enjoy the varied treasures of nature that are still in a virgin state.

Santa Comba Dão

Santa Comba Dão, a city with many stories and beautiful places, known as the land of Dr. Oliveira Salazar, born in Vimieiro, one of the parishes and there is his home and a school still bearing his name. Here you can visit the Parish Church, the Mini Zoo of the Volunteer Firefighters and the historic center.

One foot in the grave

A village with a vast history and fantastic landscapes, you can visit windmills, the Vitorino Nemésio Museum, the Monastery of Lorvão, participate in downhill trips by canoe, among other activities. In February, Penacova is filled with gastronomic flavors with the Lampreia festival, which you cannot miss.

Coimbra

Only the 45 km, the city of Coimbra, with one of the oldest universities in Europe, is a city of legends and charms, where the monuments stand out for their beauty and art full of history. You can't help but sing the fado, which packs the University, the Joanina Library, the Botanical Garden and the New Cathedral, among others.

Buçaco

Buçaco, only 28 Km away, the national forest, where monks once cared for and treated it, surrounds a magnificent palace where the exterior of the building in Arte Manuelina stands out. In this forest you will find fantastic and stunning plant species, with special emphasis on the Vale dos Fetos and cold source.

Caramulo

Caramulo, located 45 km it is a mountain full of tradition, where work in the field and pastoralism, forgotten in time, which still maintains tradition, predominates. You can visit the historic Museum of the automobile and ancient art, Caramulinho, the snow hill, Bezerreira, the village of Jueus.

Viseu

THE only 50km, from the Unknown Soldier, to the Viriato pit you can visit the Theater, the Church of Sto. António, Solar do Arco, Porta dos Cavaleiros and Chafariz de S. Francisco. In the vast garden of the fontelo visit Solar do Dão and during the year keep in mind: there is entertainment for all ages and activities always taking place.

Piódão

The historic village of Piódão, which is only 66 km from our hotel, it is known as a nativity scene and is among the historic villages of Portugal. It is worth a careful visit to this whole village - walk the streets, admire all the small details, look for the walking routes and feel the nature.