Our latest find is a great new cool hotel, re-imagined from a centuries old convent. The Convento da Sertã Hotel, in Sertã, between Coimbra and Castelo Branco, is a unique and comfortable place for a weekend getaway or long-term stay.
Central Portugal is teeming with quaint, boutique rural hotels in old villages, across the countryside and along the mountain slopes. Typically offering old world charm mixed with modern amenities, these retreats are excellent places to escape for a weekend or indulge in a long holiday.
Ovos moles are sweets, originating in the convents, made of egg yolks and sugar, wrapped in a thin wheat crust (the same dough used for “Hosts” in Catholic Masses). The sweets are molded into shapes symbolic of the Aveiro region, such as clams, mussels, fish, crabs, barrels, sea buoy, walnuts and chestnuts.
To the east of Coimbra, and to the south of Viseu, in central Portugal, there is a charming hillside hotel set among the lush backdrop of Serra do Açor. Quinta da Palmeira is a late 19th century country house, lovingly-renovated, to provide guests with modern amenities while maintaining the engaging character of Portuguese tradition.
Step aside, celebrity chefs of Lisbon. Make way, Michelin star chefs of the Algarve. There’s a hot, enthusiastic, young creative chef in central Portugal who’s quickly becoming one of the country’s top talents on the culinary scene. He is Tiago Santos, Head Chef of O Bairro restaurant in Aveiro.
Miguel Gigante, a designer from central Portugal, creates fashion garments and home décor made of wool. He is passionate about Burel, and so are the quickly increasing numbers of clients who snatch up products under his Atelier de Burel, Cool Natura, and Miguel Gigante labels.
For the last few centuries, the city of Covilhã on the southern slopes of Serra da Estrela, in the district of Castelo Branco, has been known primarily for wool manufacturing. Yet, in the last few years, Covilhã has emerged...