A very special Christmas traditional has begun in a small village in the Serra da Estrela mountains in central Portugal. Residents of the schist village of Cabeça have come together to create a Christmas festival. This Aldeia Natal (Christmas Village) is completely sustainable.
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.
Sitting on top of one of Portugal’s highest peaks in the Serra da Estrela mountains, is a resort hotel unlike any other in the country. Casa das Penhas Douradas is truly a place to escape everyday routine, to relax, enjoy, explore and appreciate the stillness, solitude and beauty of the top of the world.
Something about this place really intrigued us. It was the brightly-colored thick woolen fabric used on the furniture as upholstery, on the floor as rugs, on the table as placemats, and on the bed as blankets. As it turns out, this fabric is Burel, made in the factory just down the hill. This is the story…