A medieval village from the 12th century, Linhares da Beira is one of the 12 enchanting places that compose the network of the Historical Villages of Portugal in the country’s Centro region. Justifying Beira hospitality, the people of Linhares receive guests like no one else, making whoever visits that village feel just as good as if they were home.
With an unmatched architectural and artistic diversity, the fruit of the legacy of several eras, Linhares da Beira received its first charter in 1169, attributed by D. Afonso Henriques. But it was only afterward, during the reign of Denis of Portugal, that his imposing Castle was erected, which today is the village’s mark and main business card of our days. But that is just one of the reasons to visit this stunning village, where one breathes in tranquility and wellness as in few places in the world.
Visiting this Historical Village is synonymous with rest and relaxation, especially if one accepts the accommodation recommendations in Linhares da Beira or its surroundings. Casa Grande de Juncais is an excellent option for anyone who is looking for a calm location to rest after discovering the historical village’s streets: Tourism of habitats, composed of a “Big House” and an attached apartment, here we have all the comforts of home in a granite manor from the 16th century, classified as public interest property. The house has an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, games such as pool, a ping-pong table, foosball, and even bicycles.
We find Casa Pissarra in the historic center of Linhares da Beira. An old, characteristic village house constructed in granite, reclassified and adapted to serve as accommodation. Conserving its original architecture, its property owners added comfort and sobriety, transforming this old village house into an excellent touristic unit. Classified in the typology of a Casa de Campo (Field House), Casa Pissarra has rooms with private bathrooms, heating, and a fully equipped ample kitchen.
We have yet to mention Inatel Linhares da Beira Hotel Rural, constructed in the commanding Solar de Linhares (Manor of Linhares). Located in the “heart” of this Historical Village, it has 26 rooms fully equipped with a bar, pool, tennis court, meeting room, and Wi-Fi.
But Portugal’s Centro region is also known for its unique gastronomy, and Linhares da Beira is one of the places where we can confirm that. At the restaurant Cova da Loba, located in the church square, we discover a refined space that combines rustic and contemporary qualities, where perfectly prepared regional food is served. Under the expertise of Chef Valdir Lobav, Cova da Loba is the restaurant to appreciate local and medieval products.