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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“A centuries old garden and forest once tended by monks. In the centre is an amazing palace which is a hotel. Rooms are sometimes on sale. Amazing walks, food, mystery. Unique.”
  • 6 locals recommend
River
“Great for walks or jogging. Visit the ancient waterwheel along the Rio Alva. Swim or just relax on the river bank. In the summer, the kiosk on the beach serves Caipirinha, made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lime, or a non-alcoholic version if you prefer.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Nas margens do rio Alva que se encontra uma das mais emblemáticas aldeias do concelho. Visite a Casa da Praça do séc. XVII, a igreja Paroquial , edificada em 1712, a igreja da Misericórdia e do convento de Santo Antônio.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible balcony over the river Mondego - visit when the weather is good so that you can eat outside or enjoy a long G&T by the river. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of the best places in Portugal to eat the traditional Chanfana (goat roast) that the area is known for. Local popular family restaurant for chicken. Ask for the excellent vegetarian salad. Good value for money and healthy food. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Restored historical windmills (moinhos) that once powered the agricultural economy of the region by the force of wind (Windmills), grinding the harvested cereals into flour. Get up early and from this hill, catch 360 degree views, including sunrise over the Serra de Estrela ("Mountain near the Stars"). Visit the historical windmill museum nearby (see elsewhere in this guide). Also see the Moinhos walking trail.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Administrative Area Level 3
“Aldeia onde se encontra a casa da Ribeira. Aldeia tradicional com enorme tranquilidade e de muito fácil acesso a zonas de lazer e trilhos pedestres ou de turismo de natureza. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Do not miss the excellent trout grilled directly from the river. Extensive menu with a range of traditional Portuguese desserts, including the best chocolate mousse in the area. The chef and his wife add a personal touch to every meal.”
  • 1 local recommends
Neighbourhood
Point of Interest
“Monumento natural que marca a paisagem das margens do Mondego junto a Penacova, a Livraria do Mondego é um monumento que o tempo esculpiu ao longo de mais de 400 milhões de anos. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Incredible balcony over the river Mondego - visit when the weather is good so that you can eat outside or enjoy a long G&T by the river. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best places in Portugal to eat the traditional Chanfana (goat roast) that the area is known for. Local popular family restaurant for chicken. Ask for the excellent vegetarian salad. Good value for money and healthy food. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Existe toda a diferença, desde o cardápio ao serviço e ambiente. Sugerimos Bacalhau a Cota ou Plumas de porco vinho da casa e para sobremesa prove as nossas nevadas tradicionais de Penacova!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Good local traditional food, home cooked, at very reasonable prices. Children welcome.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Do not miss the excellent trout grilled directly from the river. Extensive menu with a range of traditional Portuguese desserts, including the best chocolate mousse in the area. The chef and his wife add a personal touch to every meal.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Óptimo sitio para comer uma bifana típica da casa e uma bebida, experimente não se vai arrepender.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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