Sarnadas is situated in the stunning Serra da Lousã mountains famous for its honey, but close by are also the higher Serra da Estrela (Star Mountains) with crags, woods, lakes and impressive canyons not to be missed. The Serra da Estrela is a popular centre for skiing.
There is a forest walk of 2 km from Sarnadas to the beautiful village of Coentral.
On this walk you can follow the tumbling River Pera winding its way through the forest with breathtaking views of the mountain of St Antonio de Neve.
Just 8 km away is the small town of Castanheira de Pera with the necessary shops and nice restaurants, ATMs, museum, post office, pharmacy, Health Centre and a large outdoor swimming pool complex with the biggest wave machine in Portugal. There are also several river beaches in the area where you can swim and relax in the clear, mountain air for which there is no charge.
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Casa Ribeira is located in the village of Sarnadas in Central Portugal in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lousa mountains. This traditional mountain village has a café and the baker delivers fresh bread to the village every morning and there is a mobile greengrocer too. The fishmonger comes to the village once a week.
Serra da Lousã:
Besides the natural beauty of the Serra de Lousa, you can find several ancient chapels dedicated to Senhora dos Aflitos, São João Baptista, Senhor da Agonia and the Capela da Nossa Senhora da Piedade. There are many different routes which can be taken on foot or by car throughout the Serra da Lousã.
From Alto do Trevim, at altitude of 1202 metres, you can see the surrounding peaks of the majestic granite mountains. Scattered throughout the mountains are the slate (Xisto) villages, many of which have been restored and other sites which reflect earlier human settlements in this area.
In this verdant area of Central Portugal you will find vast forests. Here, holly, chestnut, oak, laurel and eucalyptus trees grow. In early spring the forests are a blaze of yellow as the mimosa trees (yes, trees!) come into flower. You can also see vultures, buzzards and eagles flying. This is also the home of red deer, roe deer, wild boar and otters. Even the Iberian wolf has been seen in the Estrela Mountains.
Serra da Estrela:
The Serra da Estrela is the largest mountain range in Portugal. The region is known for its rock strewn slopes in the most bizarre formations. Here you can climb up to 2000 metres along winding mountain roads and steep ravines.
With its university city of Coïmbra, the spa town of Luso, excavations in Conimbriga and the extravagant palace of Bucaco, the Beira Litoral offers a variety of attractions for culture lovers.
Coimbra is a bustling university town, situated on the river Mondego, filled with historic buildings. The narrow streets of the “baixa” are best explored on foot. Sights include the university (one of the oldest in the world), a beautiful library and the cathedral Sé Velha. The open-air museum "Portugal dos Pequenitos" is especially fun for children as here there are miniature versions of the most beautiful buildings in Portugal.
Here you will find the largest Roman ruins in Portugal. Sophisticated mosaic floors, baths and Roman columns give a vivid picture of life during the first century BC.
This small town is famous for its high quality mineral water, thousands of bottles of which are drunk daily throughout Portugal. The water also flows freely from fountains etc in the town itself and visitors and locals alike sample the water and also take advantage of Luso’s famous thermal baths.
The town of Fatima is Portugal's famous pilgrimage site. Because of its importance within the Catholic faith, Fatima is sometimes called the Lourdes of Portugal. People come from near and far to light a candle for relatives or to do penance for their sins or to just drink in the atmosphere of this sacred place.
An hour's drive away is the Panoramico Aqua Park near Pombal. (See links) This park is open all year round.