Covilhã

THE CITY

 

Covilhã is a welcoming city in the center of Portugal, combining an ancient history with a social dynamism, full of contemporaneity and future. It´s in this sense that this vibrant and academic town, owner of an active economic and social life, cultural and sports vitality, offers to its visitors a wide range of social-cultural and sports equipment, hotel service, health infrastructure, in addition to the prestigious and acknowledged human and environmental surrounding.

Located at the base of Serra da Estrela, these county borders are the neighbor municipalities Penamacor, Belmonte, Manteigas, Seia, Oliveira do Hospital e Fundão. Geographically, Covilhã extends along the Serra da Estrela slopes and in adjacent green valleys of Cova da Beira, surrounded by the Zêzere River and its confluence. It’s centered location, gives it a prominent position in the development axis, marked by the three major cities of the region: Guarda – Covilhã – Castelo Branco.

In a cultural landscape dominated by Serra da Estrela, the natives of Covilhã cultivate the art of hospitality, where sympathy, quality, and excellence, it’s a given.

In this stunning city with mild climate, calm, quiet and safe, located at 700 meters, with a 550 thousand hectares area and an estimated population of about 50 thousand people, there are recognized hotels and restaurants responding with excellence to any request; gastronomic sins based on rare ingredients like wild parsnip, shrub, juniper, mountain cheese or edible mushroom; museums that highlight disparate arts like religious art, wool or cheese; beyond the health tourism with a special reference to Unhais da Serra Spa. Also, modernity reduced barriers and created needs, but not annihilated traditions and characteristics that make the soul of this region. All this implies the creation of symbolic ties of identification that generate confidence, taste, and sense of belonging.

Covilhã, weaving the future.

http://www.cm-covilha.pt

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