The land of the municipality of Tondela presents a diversity of landscapes in which the enchantments of the Serra do Caramulo, the plateau area of the Besteiros Valley, the immense forest spaces, rivers and river beaches are combined. In this beautiful natural setting, the visitor will also appreciate the richness of the historical heritage and local culture, the delight of gastronomy and regional wines, the quality and diversity of the hotel facilities that the municipality of Tondela has to Offer.
These are lands marked by the rigorous climate of the Serra do Caramulo, with the know-how and traditions linked to the pastoralism and the Agrículas works, with interesting clusters of granite houses; Lands whose past left a vast set of monuments of unquestionable value; They are also lands where the river gives, areas of fertile green plateaus, clean air, thermal waters (Sangemil) at last, sites that offer themselves to the visitor as refuges of natural beauty and a well-being made of rest and amusement.
Throughout the county are several points of interest, from historical monuments to characteristic villages, passing through places of a stunning natural beauty, the magnificent city of Tondela and the various towns of the county, by the museums of the automobile and art of Caramulo, for places where wise hands continue to transform clay, metal and vegetable fibers into interesting elements of regional handicrafts, fairs, Romans and popular festivals whose origin dates back to distant times…
In Tondela the visitor will enjoy, among other things, the primitive core of the city, monument to the dead of the Great War, the Fountain of the Mermaid, the Church of Our Lady of the countryside and the mother church of Santa Maria, the manor of Santa Ana.
In Caramulo you will not leave, certainly to visit the Museum of the Automobile and the Museum of Art-where you can contemplate painting, pottery and tapestries of the 16th-18th centuries, as well as important works of contemporary art, notably the authorship of Salvador Dali, Vieira da Silva and Picasso. Still in Caramulo, you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape-Cabeço of the snow and Caramulinho-and of typical granite houses such as those that you can find on the way to S. João do Monte (in Cadraço or Jueus).
In several localities you will find interesting churches and many different architectural styles and you can also enjoy: paintings, in the churches of Mouraz, Tonda, Vila Nova do Rainha, monastery of Fráguas and village of Vilar; The processional Cross of the parish church of S. João do Monte; The magnificent gold-plated custody of the churches of Tondela, S. Miguel do hillock, canes of Santa Maria and Guardo.
Throughout the county you will find several sunny houses, almost all built in the 21st century. XVIII, in particular in Lobão da Beira, Mauraz, Monastery of Fráguas, parade of Gonta, S. Miguel do hillock and Vilar de Besteiros.
You can also discover the charms of the river beaches that these lands offer you in Ferreirós do Dão, Nandufe, S. João do Monte and Sangemil.
In this locality, thermal waters with various therapeutic properties.
To all these enchantments that await you in the municipality of Tondela, it is associated with the natural hospitality of the people and the delight of the regional cuisine, in some cases served in containers of black clay of canlelos-highlighting the roasted goat, the chanfana and the stew to Portuguese-and the famous and unique wine of the Dão.
Of the countless celebrations that happen here, they deserve special relief, for their originality and ancestry, the so-called Bodo festivals that annually, in July, animate the settlement of Barreiro de Besteiros in a manifestation of popular religiosity whose Origins are lost in time-a community lunch shared by the diners occupying the various rows of tables on stones arranged in the shade of great trees at the foot of the chapel, at a religious feast of which is characteristic the sharing of the delicacy by “Rich and Poor wealthy farmers and those who don’t own land, by people of the land and outsiders.
All this wealth, genuine, is worth your visit. Come and find out!
Text: © Tondela tourist Office.