Serra da Malcata, the lands of Lince...

Picturesque villages, diversified landscapes, where the Natural Reserve of Serra da Malcata is integrated, leisure spaces, swimming pools, tennis courts,... are enticing for those who like to feel a piece of authentic Portugal and taste the delicacies of a genuine Portuguese gastronomy.

In the centre of the town of Penamacor, you can visit the Keep; the only surviving structure of the old castle citadel.

With centuries of existence and numerous studies conducted in this area, thermal treatments are defined as a set of treatments and techniques used in the cure and prevention of various chronic diseases, respiratory tracts, rheumatic affections, skeletal, skin diseases and dermatological pathologies. The frequency and use of these treatments bring benefits both at the level of physical health and metal. Forget the stress of everyday life, fatigue, sedentary lifestyle and depression. We take care of you!

Relax and feel the good that water does to you!

Malcata Mountain

The vast protected area of the Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, a natural heritage of excellence, has its name associated with the Iberian lynx, an endangered species whose habitat it seeks to preserve. But the importance of this protected area, far from being confined to that objective, is increasingly based on the biogenetic diversity it contains and the extraordinary beauty of its landscapes.

A place where everyone, in their own way, can give free rein to their innermost feelings of communion with nature.


To regain strength, Meimoa, the only 12km from our hotelit's the right place.

Visitors can get in touch with the past of the village and the region through the ethnographic and archaeological collections of the Mário Bento Museum, housed in an old olive press, restored, expanded and adapted for the purpose.

In the summer, the leisure area, framed by the centenary Old Bridge - ex-libris of the village - is an irresistible stopping point!


Located at only 19km from our hotel, the historical village of Monsanto is a village built of granite stone, situated on a mountain (Monsanto, from the Latin Mons Sanctus) that rises abruptly from the rest of the landscape to a height of 758 meters above sea level.

The human presence in this area dates back to the Palaeolithic and there is archaeological evidence of the presence of the Romans, Visigoths and Arabs, the latter defeated by King Afonso Henriques who, in 1165, donated the place of Monsanto to the Order of the Knights Templar who, under the guidance of Gualdim Pais, built the Castle of Monsanto that still stands today on the granite top of the Monsanto hill.

The charter was attributed in 1174 and was successively rectified by D.Sancho I (in 1190) and D.Afonso II (in 1217). Other historical milestones include the settlement and rebuilding of the fortress by D.Sancho I, due to the destruction caused by the wars against the Kingdom of Leon, the granting of the Fair Charter in 1308 by D.Dinis, the granting of a new charter in 1510 by D.Manuel I and the sieges in the 17th and 18th centuries by Luís de Haro (minister of Filipe IV of Spain) and Duke Brewik, respectively. Both were unsuccessful, largely due to the difficult access cliffs and the highly advantageous strategic position.

Nowadays Monsanto is known as the most Portuguese village in Portugal, displaying the Silver Rooster, a trophy by Abel Pereira da Silva, whose replica remains to this day on top of the Clock Tower or Lucano.

A visit to the streets and alleys lined with granite houses, the handicrafts (where you can see the typical Marafonas, rag dolls of pagan origin and used to celebrate fertility and conjugal happiness), the various chapels, the manor houses, the pillory, the tower of Lucano and a visit to the castle with its impressive view over the valley are activities not to be missed.

Points of interest

We leave you here some suggestions of points of interest in the region:


It stands out in the landscape for its height and robustness.

It is the only surviving structure of the ancient castle citadel.

Convent of Santo António

It was built in 1571 to house the Capuchin friars of the Order of St. Francis.

The rich and artistic gilded carving of the main altar, side altars and pulpit, as well as the vaulted text of polychrome coffered ceiling, are striking.

Municipal Museum

It presents several collections, with emphasis on archaeology and ethnography.

In addition to these, there are embalmed specimens of local fauna, including the Iberian lynx.

Misericórdia Church

XVI century. The exterior features a graceful portico with Manueline ornaments.

Inside, the images of Senhor dos Passos and N.ª Sr.ª das Dores stand out, as well as the artistic carving of the main altar.

Town Hall

Set upon the rampart and the old Porta da Vila (Town Gate), its southern and northern facades bear the town's coat of arms, framed by the armorial spheres of King Manuel I.

Clock Tower

It probably dates back to the 14th century. The current crowning battlements and the belfry are from the XX century.

It has the particularity that each stone of the walls has a stonemasonry mark.


A symbol of municipal autonomy, here judgements were proclaimed and justice was sometimes dispensed.

It dates from 1565. Two coats of arms appear at the top: the national coat of arms and that of the village.

Useful contacts

Here we leave you some contacts that may prove useful, particularly in possible emergency situations.

Cunha Gil PharmacyTel.: 277 394 275

Melo PharmacyTel.: 277 390 080

Health CenterTel.: 277 390 020

FirefightersTel.: 277 394 122/529

GNR PenamacorTel.: 277 394 274

Municipal ChamberTel.: 277 394 106/100Tel.:963 180 059/915 192 106

Tourism OfficeTel.: 277 394 003