Penacova Region

The landscapes are truly the main highlight of the region, with several viewpoints like the Raúl Lino Viewpoint, with an astonishing view over the fantastic Mondego river, or the Penedo de Castro, as well as other natural viewpoints in the Atalhada and Aveleira mountains, from where one has a great panorama.


In Central Region of PortugalTurismo Centro de Portugal

The region offers wonderful spots like the Raiva and Aguieira Dams, forming great ponds with great conditions for the developments of the most diversified leisure and tourism activities, with the astonishing Buçaco Mountian nearby.

Strategic LocationThirty to 60 minutes from the Hotel

The lovely village of Penacova is situated in the Central region of Portugal, in a place of great natural beauty, right in the right bank of the river Mondego, in the top of a rocky hill, surrounded by the luxuriant Buçaco and Roxo mountain ranges.

Points of InterestSierra, River, Culture

Buçaco, magical and unique forest in the world - 30 minutes from the Hotel
Whether you’re after a fairytale palace, war museums, magnificent views, an old convent or a wander through Portugal’s finest collection of national and imported trees, Buçaco is the place to go. Which explains why this 250-acre forest is such a popular weekend picnic spot and worthy tourist destination. Only 30 km from Coimbra and 3km from the spa town of Luso, it’s an easy day out from most places in central Portugal.

Buçaco - Via Crucis

The Via Crucis of Buçaco, that is almost three kilometres long, consists of twenty distinct Stations of the Cross, corresponding to those of the Imprisonment and the stations of the cross in the Passion, and was opened to the public on the initiative of Manuel Saldanha, rector of the University of Coimbra, in 1644.

Piodão - 60 Kms from the Hotel

Driving to the picturesque village of Piodão is a scenic adventure full of hairpin bends and narrow roads that snake through the mountains. On clear days, the views are spectacular. Bar the incongruous white church, the entire village of Piodão is made of almost entirely of schist, including the roads and paths between houses. In the summer, Piodão’s river beach provides a perfect opportunity to cool off and while away a few hours. It has a café and a proper pool ensconced in schist paving.

Foz D´Égua   

Despite the fine rain and hanging mist, Mike and I set off through the eucalyptus forest towards the even smaller village of Foz d’Egua. I’d seen photos of its bridges and was determined to visit. Along the path we encountered the ruins of abandoned hamlets and lightening-struck trees before entering the fairy tale village of Foz d’Egua. After taking the obligatory photos of the three-way schist bridge, we took a deep breath and ventured across the swaying wooden suspension bridge. Slightly scary but worth doing.

Fraga da Pena

Fraga da Pena is a geological accident crossed by Barroca de Degraínhos, resulting in a set of successive waterfalls framed by riparian vegetation, creating a place of particular beauty. The vegetation deserves indeed a watchful eye, being made up of oaks, Portugal laurel, English holliesand a set of shrub and herbaceous species, some rare and some old English oaks (Quercus robur) and chestnut trees (Castanea sativa), as also strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) of Spurge Flax (Daphne gnidium) and Green Olive Tree (Phillyrea latifolia) and False Olive (P. angustifolia).

Ecopista do Dão - With 49 km, it is not only the longest Ecopista of Portugal, but probably the most beautiful!

The former railway “Linha do Dão”, closed in 1988, connected Santa Comba Dão with the city of Viseu. In 2011 this railway was transformed into a spectacular bike and walking path, called the “Ecopista do Dão”. The first part of this path, runs along the banks of the river Dão. Every bend is followed by stunning views. The landscape with views of mountains and valleys covered with oaks, cork oaks, chestnut trees and vineyards, cultivated land and small villages. In the distance the mountains of the Serra do Caramulo and the Serra da Estrela are always present.
Link: Beginning of the Ecopista in Santa Comba Dão

River Beaches

Reconquinho River Beach – Penacova

Located on the River Mondego, Reconquinho river beach is about 1.5km from the town of Penacova, from which it is easily accessible, by walking down a hill. Blue Flag Beach 2016. Golden Beach 2016. Accessible Beach2016

Vimieiro River Beach – Penacova

A river beach on the Alva river's banks, with lush vegetation and peaceful surrounding areas. It has a picnic area and a water mill.

Penacova Gastronomy

Discovering Penacova is also to enjoy the delicious flavors of local gastronomy. In the county, which has a rich gastronomic heritage, unique flavors are discovered, made by wise hands and ancient legacies. From the Mondego, we reach Lampern (image) and the river fish. From the fields, the ingredients for the "Migas" and the Rice of "Míscaros". Roasted Goat, typical dish of the Region, is also queen in the table of Penacova.