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Covilhã is a city in Portugal's Beira Baixa region.


Praça do Município.

Covilhã (koo-vee-LYUHN, /ˈʎɐ̃/) serves as a gateway to Serra da Estrela, the centre of Portugal's winter sports. The city proper has 35,000 residents, and the municipality is home to 52,000 people.


Covilhã enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, but is one of the few areas of Portugal to experience regular snowfall. Higher locations in the municipality, such as Penhas da Saúde, can experience blizzards, while the city centre gets no more than a dusting that doesn't accumulate.

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  • 2 Covilhã bus station (Central de Camionagem de Covilhã, Terminal Rodoviário da Covilhã), Alameda da Europa. Citi Express, Transdev, and Rede Expressos buses serve Covilhã from such cities as Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Guarda, and Castelo Branco.

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Map of Covilhã


  • 1 Museu de Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art), Casa Maria José Alçada, Jardim Municipal, Avenida Frei Heitor Pinto 9, +351 275 334 457, . Tu–Su 10:00–18:00. The collections of religious art include painting, sculpture, and jewelry. Free.
  • 2 Museu do Queijo (Cheese Museum), Rua da Fonte Velha 15, Peraboa, +351 275 471 172, . Tu–Su 10:30–12:30 & 14:30–17:30, closed M. This museum honours the men, women, and herds who produce the local queijo da Serra da Estrela (Serra da Estrela cheese). Tastings are available.
  • Torre in Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the highest peak in Continental Portugal.




  • 1 Taberna a Laranjinha, Rua Primeiro de Dezembro 10, +351 275 083 586, . M–F 12:30–15:00 & 19:30–23:00, Sa 19:30–23:00, closed Su. The town-centre tavern with rustic exterior and decor offers tasty regional cuisine. It's rated by Michelin as "Bib Gourmand" (good quality, good value cooking) and "Simple" restaurant. €5-15.
  • 2 Varanda da Estrela, Rua Nave da Areia 5, Penhas da Saúde, +351 963 447 873, . M Tu Th Sa 09:00–00:00, F 12:00–17:00, Su 09:00–00:00, closed W. A cosy mountain chalet serving traditional regional cooking. €8-25.




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