Quinta da Palmeira
Quinta da Palmeira is the perfect stopover between Lisbon and Porto: your holiday into the laid-back countryside lifestyle. Rare to find this level of personal attention and sophistication in such a remote corner of Portugal, a treat for nature lovers and sybarites. Quinta da Palmeira is located in the heart of the green region of central Portugal, in the municipality of Arganil, in the parish of Cerdeira.
Set in Beira’s rolling green hills, the Quinta da Palmeira is an absolute gem: an elegantly renovated 19th-century country manor that perfectly balances traditional and contemporary. Surrounded by orange and olive groves that met several secular generations, keeping all the architectural features of their origin, all designed taking into account the good Portuguese style. This transformation originated a modern Housing Tourism complex, equipped with all the conditions and structures for a memorable stay.
The gorgeous white façade gives way to a surprising, stylish interior that would look more at home in a London penthouse than this quiet corner of Portugal. You’re in the heart of the countryside, nestled between two national parks so there are plenty of lovely walking options and there’s even kayaking nearby if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. But realistically you could quite easily spend all day in the shade of an orange tree, or just beside the pool with a favorite book.
No two rooms at Quinta da Palmeira are the same, with each room having its own personality and character but all with elegant and stylish furniture. Take in the room views of the mountains, sprawl out in your private 2-persons bath and refresh yourself with organic homemade bath products. From romantic lighting to your bed with orthopaedic mattresses. Every detail has been taken care of.
Quinta da Palmeira’s gourmet restaurant serves international and traditional Portuguese dishes in an intimate setting. Their surprise menu, needless to say, are a big part of the experience, with surprisingly refined dishes for a region that tends toward the rustic. The wine lodge offers a selection of the best regional wines. Accept their cooking challenges proposed by their chef and participate in their gastronomy workshops. The lovely restaurant overlooks the garden and there is also a bar by the pool, conveniently placed for a cooling drink.
There is a small swimming pool surrounded by palms, perfect to cool off in in the hot summer months. A good breakfast is served each morning and can be enjoyed out on the terrace in warmer weather. However, at the end of the day, indulge yourself with a magnificent glass of wine and regional cheese served in the fireplace on cooler days; or on the terrace by the pool, contemplating the landscape and the tranquility provided by a unique sunset.
Located in the Acor mountains close to Serra do Acor and Serra da Estrela this is a scenic though rather remote spot. The historic city of Piodao is about 20km away. With a stay at Quinta da Palmeira, you’ll be 30 km from Catedral das Beiras and from Roman Ruins of Bobadela.
Quinta da Palmeira is situated in Cerdeira, the district of Coimbra, the Central region of Portugal. Quinta da Palmeira lies inside a natural settings, with the background predominant green landscapes of Açor and also inside the central ridge track of Lousã and Sierra Star, popular place for lovers of winter sports and of lovers of the local flora and fauna. Come here to admire what nature bring, exploring all the charms of the Serra do Açor, its picturesque paths, its taken and waterfalls, the buildings in schist and the highest peaks of the Sierra, taking advantage to know the charming historic village of Piódão. All is in a perfect fusion between nature and the traditions and customs typically beirões, the regional cuisine, festivals and festivities, religious devotions and style of Portuguese life in its pure state.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 132,00. This rate is per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Our Special Readings
A focus on Central & Northern Portugal
It’s always a pleasure to travel around Portugal researching new destinations and revisiting my favourite places. Today I am focused to Central & Northern Portugal, one of the most rugged areas of Portugal. It is full of ancient paths between dense forests and its beautiful rivers and waterfalls, a magical area of Portugal rich of local historical villages, all built on the beautiful and rustic shale stone. But this part of Portugal is more than this and taken off our hiking boots, here are 10 real gems from a recent trip to Central & Northern Portugal to discover in stress-free-mode.
The charming artisan village of Cerdeira is one of the 27 villages belonging to Schist Villages. The schist is a coarse-grained metamorphic rock made up of layers of different minerals and can be subdivided into thin irregular slabs. In the Central Portugal, you can visit many of these villages with houses built with this stone. Cerdeira is just one of these and its creative atmosphere is incredible. Here you will find many craft workshops, from painting and creative writing courses to nature trails and wood carving classes.
The ancient city of Conimbriga was the largest Roman settlement in Portugal and worth visiting on any tour of Central & Northern Portugal. I am absolutely a big fan of archeology and the Roman ruins of Conimbriga have always been at the top of my list of things to see in Portugal. Roman houses, mosaic floors, an amphitheater, baths, benches, tunnels, everything is truly amazing, as much as the skill of its conservation. You will find a visitor center and a museum next to the ruins where you can get some information of the site that once was one of the main cities of Lusitania.
Special City Guide: Cerdeira Village
What sets Cerdeira Village apart is the combination of quality accommodation with an ambitious cultural project. Cerdeira offers ideas and routes to explore this often forgotten region. The village develops an almost vertical slope. The houses, all in shale are located in very rough terrain, creating picturesque corners, which allow you to enjoy moments of privacy, always surrounded by magnificent natural landscapes. The whole village has a panoramic view of the mountain. The loneliness, the natural surroundings, hiking trails, creeks and dam in the brook, combine to allow good time for reflection and relaxation.
The village of Cerdeira is located on the famous Lousã Mountains, 40 km from the city of Coimbra, in Portugal. All the houses in the village are made of Schist stone, even new ones have been carefully reconstructed using the traditional constructive techniques. Such attributes allow Cerdeira to be part of the Schist Village Network, an association that promotes tourism of these traditional style villages. Cerdeira has beautiful and unique natural surroundings; its isolation and untouched landscape allow visitors to experience a different kind of solitude, one that fits perfectly with a creative state of being.