Buçaco, Luso, Curia - a tour around Bairrada

Arcada do Hotel do Buçaco
Place: Buçaco
Photo: Paulo Magalhães
Photo: Paulo Magalhães

Don't miss
  • admire the view from the Cruz Alta belvedere in the Buçaco Mountain
  • visit the Fern Valley and the Cold Spring
  • follow the National Forest trails
  • drink water at the Luso springs
  • take a pedalo out on the Curia Thermal Park Lake
  • taste suckling pig
  • make a toast with Bairrada sparkling wine

Between the majestic forest of Buçaco and the thermal spas of Luso and Curia, you will find a region that offers everything you need to make you feel good.

Start with the beauty of the landscape, whose main feature is the Buçaco Mountain, a magical place that earned protected status by papal decree in the 16th century and was transformed into a monastic retreat isolated from the rest of the world. You can still see today, dotted around the mountain, the chapels and sanctuaries which form the Stations of the Cross and can be visited by following one of the trails of the National Forest. But there are other itineraries and guided tours that present century-old trees, and a great number of lakes and stone crosses to visitors, where you can find memorable places such as Vale dos Fetos (Fern Valley) and the Fonte Fria (Cold Spring).

Another unforgettable picture will certainly be that of the Palace Hotel, emerging from amongst the leafy vegetation. Built in the late 19th century in the Neo-Manueline style for the last Portuguese Kings, the palace occupies part of the Santa Cruz Convent, of which the cloisters and a few cells still survive. It is yet another enchanted place in an environment conducive to romance and contact with nature.

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