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Nearest Town to the Quinta

The charming town of Oliveria do Hospital is a 10 minute drive away and includes several restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets, a hospital and a bank.
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Oliveira do Hospital
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The charming town of Oliveria do Hospital is a 10 minute drive away and includes several restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets, a hospital and a bank.

River Beaches

Right inside the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, in the Loriga glacial valley, the crystal clear waters of Loriga River Beach come from springs in the mountains.
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River Beach Loriga
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Right inside the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, in the Loriga glacial valley, the crystal clear waters of Loriga River Beach come from springs in the mountains.
An award-winning river beach where you can swim, canoe or paddle board, with rental of these available on site.
Praia Fluvial de Alvoco das Várzeas
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An award-winning river beach where you can swim, canoe or paddle board, with rental of these available on site.
This is the nearest River Beach (Praia Fluvial) to the Quinta, on the bank of the River Alva. It's just a ten minute walk away and is a beautifully clean and refreshing place to swim in the valley. There are thatched umbrellas to relax under and a small bar/café that is open in season and there is even a charming traditional waterwheel.
Praia Fluvial De São Sebastião Da Feira
This is the nearest River Beach (Praia Fluvial) to the Quinta, on the bank of the River Alva. It's just a ten minute walk away and is a beautifully clean and refreshing place to swim in the valley. There are thatched umbrellas to relax under and a small bar/café that is open in season and there is even a charming traditional waterwheel.

Villages

A charming historic village, voted on of the Seven (Village) Wonders of Portugal.
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Piódão
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A charming historic village, voted on of the Seven (Village) Wonders of Portugal.
Located in the northeastern side of the Serra Estrella National Park, Guarda once helped protect the country from European invasions.
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Guarda
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Located in the northeastern side of the Serra Estrella National Park, Guarda once helped protect the country from European invasions.

Day Trips

Just 45 minutes away by car, the picturesque river-fronted city of Coimbra, makes for an excellent day-trip. There you can explore the historic centre, the Renaissance and baroque Cathedrals and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed University.
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Coimbra
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Just 45 minutes away by car, the picturesque river-fronted city of Coimbra, makes for an excellent day-trip. There you can explore the historic centre, the Renaissance and baroque Cathedrals and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed University.
Here you can find castles, medieval infrastructure, beautiful gardens, grand manor homes, and artworks by the country’s most notable Renaissance painter, Vasco Fernandes, which can be viewed at the Grão Vasco Museum.
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Viseu
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Here you can find castles, medieval infrastructure, beautiful gardens, grand manor homes, and artworks by the country’s most notable Renaissance painter, Vasco Fernandes, which can be viewed at the Grão Vasco Museum.
Hit the beach! Figueira da Foz is a seaside town located halfway between Lisbon and Porto.
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Figueira da Foz
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Hit the beach! Figueira da Foz is a seaside town located halfway between Lisbon and Porto.

Nature

Portugal’s oldest and largest protected area is the the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela.
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Serra da Estrela Natural Park
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Portugal’s oldest and largest protected area is the the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela.
Waterfalls and natural baths.
Poço da Broca do Muro / Poço Fundeiro
Waterfalls and natural baths.

Local Museums

Everyone loves bread! The Museum of Bread (Museu do Pão), located in Serra da Estrela collects, preserves, and displays the objects and heritage of Portuguese bread in all its aspects: ethnography, politics, society, history, religion, and art. Expect lots of fun dough related activities from making your own bread to doing art with it.
Museu do Pão
Everyone loves bread! The Museum of Bread (Museu do Pão), located in Serra da Estrela collects, preserves, and displays the objects and heritage of Portuguese bread in all its aspects: ethnography, politics, society, history, religion, and art. Expect lots of fun dough related activities from making your own bread to doing art with it.
A good place to get a general introduction to the Serra Estrela region.
CISE - Interpretation Center of the Serra da Estrela
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A good place to get a general introduction to the Serra Estrela region.
Known as the Cathedral of Serra da Estrela Cheese, this 18th century hosts a wealth of information on how to produce cheese, from milking right through to the gourmet’s table and, of course, you can sample lots of local cheeses from the area.
Solar do Queijo da Serra da Estrela
Known as the Cathedral of Serra da Estrela Cheese, this 18th century hosts a wealth of information on how to produce cheese, from milking right through to the gourmet’s table and, of course, you can sample lots of local cheeses from the area.
With its architecture in the shape of an olive branch, here you can learn about the history of olive oil. In the 'Olea' restaurant, with panoramic view of the Serra Estrela, every dish has to feature olives.
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Museu do Azeite
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With its architecture in the shape of an olive branch, here you can learn about the history of olive oil. In the 'Olea' restaurant, with panoramic view of the Serra Estrela, every dish has to feature olives.