Pinhel Route


"There is no wind, yet the mist seems to move" as Solomon and his entourage made their way towards the destination of their journey (Vienna, Austria). The sun "suddenly broke through the fog and pushed it away" making a breathtaking landscape visible over the Côa Valley and the Faia Brava Nature Reserve.

Legend has it that in the Battle of Aljubarrota the Pinhel detachment captured the King of Castile's favourite falcon and for that feat it became known as "Pinhel Falcon". In the same way that Pinhel's detachment captured the falcon, we challenge the traveller to let himself be captured by the culture and the vast monumental heritage of the city, providing a truly memorable experience.

The 800 metres of wall that surround the Historic Centre of Pinhel have been refurbished and it is possible to walk along the "Caminho de Ronda" and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the castle and all the surrounding natural space.

The Casa da Cultura is a culturally diverse space. Set in an imposing building with beautiful architectural features, it houses the Municipal Museum of Pinhel and its material and immaterial legacies that characterise this territory from prehistory to the present day, and also the José Manuel Soares Museum and its works of art in the area of painting and illustration, so there are plenty of reasons for the traveller to pay special attention to this space.

It is in deep Portugal that the Traveller gets stuck in this route and discovers the Village of Cidadelhe, nicknamed by Saramago as the "heel of the world", which kept secret, from hand to hand and from house to house, a unique piece of enormous value - the Pallium dated 1707, made of velvet, embroidered in gold, silver and silk - and that is nowadays exhibited in the Casa Forte, having the Traveller the opportunity to get to know this piece until the smallest details.

The configuration of this local tourist route offers the Traveller access to natural spaces of recognised landscape framing, such as the Côa River and the Faia Brava Natural Reserve, as well as small rural nuclei of vernacular architecture, where some elements of particular cultural importance stand out. This is also a privileged space for the traveller to make true immersions in nature - forest baths - and "dialogue" with the local flora.

And because this journey is made of inspiration, we try to offer unique memories, so, we invite the Traveller to enjoy the rich and diverse local gastronomy that preserves and values the identity of Beira Interior and, specifically, of the Municipality of the Municipality of Pinhel.


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