Nestled at the foot of the Serra da Estrela mountains, Covilhã beckons with its historic charm and nature's bounty. Once the heart of Portugal's wool industry, today's Covilhã seamlessly blends its rich heritage with the allure of mountain adventures. Read more

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Covilhã, often dubbed the "Portuguese Manchester", stands as a testament to Portugal's flourishing wool trade during the 18th and 19th centuries. The city's historical core, with its labyrinthine streets, is adorned with relics of its textile past. Covilhã, however, is not just bound by its history. Its proximity to the Serra da Estrela Natural Park makes it a sought-after base for those eager to explore Portugal's highest peaks, whether they are skiing in the winter or hiking during the summer months. As a university town, Covilhã also boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with regular events, festivals, and a youthful energy that complements its age-old traditions.
Covilhã is a city of contrasts: from its industrial roots to its mountainous playground, from age-old churches to spirited university vibes. This dynamic blend offers visitors a rich tapestry of experiences, painting a vivid picture of Portugal's multifaceted charm.

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What to do in Covilha

Wool Museum (Museu de Lanifícios)

Dive into the city's textile history, showcasing old machinery, textile art, and the evolution of wool production in the region.

Serra da Estrela Natural Park

Portugal's largest protected area, offering diverse activities like skiing, trekking, and exploring glacial valleys and unique flora and fauna.

Parque da Goldra

A tranquil green space with panoramic views of the city and its surrounding landscapes.

Centro de Arte e Cultura

An avant-garde cultural center hosting a myriad of artistic events, exhibitions, and performances.

Pelourinho de Covilhã

An ornate stone pillory representing the city's medieval past and its importance in the region.

Igreja de Santa Maria

A stunning Gothic church that stands as a testament to Covilhã's rich religious heritage.

Ponte Pedrinha

An ancient Roman bridge, reminding visitors of the long history and the city's strategic importance over centuries.

Igreja da Misericórdia

A baroque gem, showcasing exquisite tilework and religious artistry.

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Perched on a hill, this chapel offers spiritual solace combined with sweeping views of the city.

Jardim do Lago

A picturesque garden with a lake, offering a serene spot to relax, stroll, and enjoy nature's beauty.

What else to visit
In and around Covilha

Guarda (36.56 km)

Perched high in Portugal's northeast region, Guarda proudly claims the title of the country's highest city. With its panoramic vistas, rich history, and granite-stone charm, Guarda is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

Castelo Branco (51.18 km)

Journey into the heart of Portugal's Beira Baixa region to discover Castelo Branco, a city where history, nature, and artistry intertwine. Unearth ancient tales, marvel at Baroque gardens, and indulge in regional specialties.

Viseu (54.41 km)

Nestled in the heart of Portugal's Dão wine region, Viseu is a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, where medieval architecture coexists with vibrant culture. A hidden gem, it beckons with scenic beauty and a rich historic tapestry.

Coimbra (77.45 km)

Ancient heart of Portugal at Coimbra, a city of scholars, serenades, and stories. From its revered university's hilltop perch to its maze-like medieval alleys, Coimbra elegantly balances tradition with the vibrancy of its youthful population.

Lamego (93.2 km)

Lamego, nestled in the fertile Douro valley, is a radiant blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty. Here, baroque architecture meets verdant vineyards, creating a tapestry of Portugal's rich heritage and winemaking legacy.

Castle of Belver (95.58 km)

Nestled atop a hill overlooking the Tagus River, the Castle of Belver stands as a sentinel of history, offering a panoramic view of Portugal's timeless landscapes and whispering tales of medieval valor.

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