Oct, 2021
Oct, 2021

Points of interest

The region

The pure mountain air ...

At an altitude of 500 meters in the heart of Beira Alta, the Palace Hotel Asturias - Termas do Carvalhal is framed by the beautiful landscapes of the Montemuro and Arada mountains and by the river basins of the Vouga and Paiva rivers.


Immersed in this fantastic natural environment and 200 meters from the thermal resort of Termas do Carvalhal, the Palace Hotel Asturias is a reference unit that provides its visitors with memorable experiences and moments of tranquility and pleasure, ideal to recover energy and discover the charms that this beautiful region has to offer you.


The region of Dão-Lafões, district of Viseu, has unique characteristics for lovers of tourism, which are reflected in the fantastic natural heritage, in the rich architectural and historical legacy, passing through the tasty gastronomy, which is the hallmark of the entire region. The beauty and natural resources of the mountain at your service.

Asturias Hotel

Termas do Carvalhal

Termas do Carvalhal has a modern spa, swimming pool, tennis court and picnic area. Its waters are sought after for skin, digestive and respiratory diseases, rheumatic diseases and are a great resting place. With frankly mineralized waters, in the Spa we can find health and well-being programs and activities.

Serra de São Macário

The Serra de São Macário is an elevation of mainland Portugal, with 1052 m of altitude (in Alto de São Macário), it is part of the commonly known massif of Gralheira. It is located just over 10 km north of São Pedro do Sul and is spread over its leafy native forests and almost empty villages, where the village of Pena stands out. Its beauty and history deserve its discovery with a walk or bicycle ride. There are two chapels in the mountains, the chapel of São Macário and Santa Maria Madalena, where some of the most popular popular pilgrimages take place.

Regional Gastronomy

Regional cuisine is one of the attractions that will fill your stay. Of the typical gastronomic offer, in addition to sausages and local products, there are some specialties that will provide you with moments of high gustatory pleasure:


Montemuro Goat

Arouquesa veal

Bean Rice with Salpicão

Escabeche Trout from Rio Paiva

Torresmada à Montemuro

Carolas with Beans and Pork Head (Carnaval)

Sarrabulho Popes

Rotten Cake (Easter Folar)

Points of interest

Here are some suggestions for points of interest in the region:
The Village of Castro Daire

The village of Castro Daire is located on the top of a hill, its place name originates from an old fort that was on the highest part of this place. It is known that Romans lived here due to the appearance of epigraphic documents. Igreja Matriz de Castro Daire The construction of the current Igreja Matriz de Castro Daire will have […]

Botanical Park of Vila Nova de Paiva

Botanical Park of Vila Nova de Paiva One of the emblematic projects of the municipality of Vila Nova de Paiva and certainly one of the most important among those developed in recent decades. More than a thousand botanical species are found there, arranged by families, ethnobotanical and industrial uses, medicinal properties and aromatic characteristics.

Pena Village

Located in the neighborhood of Castro Daire and São Pedro do Sul, in the interior of the Serra de São Macário, immersed in a deep valley, the village of Pena is diluted in a fantastic natural setting. Considered one of the most beautiful Portuguese shale villages, with 6 inhabitants and 10 dwellings, it is a must-visit place […]

Rio Teixeira

One of the points of interest in our region is the Teixeira River, a small river 13.2 kilometers long, a tributary of the Vouga River, which is born in São Pedro do Sul and flows into Couto de Esteves. Known for being the second best in Europe in terms of water quality, the river beach of […]

Castro Daire Mother Church

The construction of the current Igreja Da Castro Church will have started at the end of the century. 17th, early 18th century, replacing a medieval church with the same invocation (S. Pedro). In the current church dominate the artistic styles typical of the century. XVIII, including Baroque and Rococo.

Lapa Sanctuary

Sanctuary of Lapa - Sernancelhe About 44 minutes by car is the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Lapa, a religious place to visit and to know. Stay at our Hotel Palace Hotel & Spa Asturias and enjoy the points of interest around us. AA near the Sanctuary of Lapa The Sanctuary of Nossa […]

Serra de Montemuro Viewpoint
It is located in the Serra do Montemuro area, close to the Portas do Montemuro chapel, in the flatter area that is next to the national road 321. This viewpoint is inserted in the area belonging to the Natura 2000 network, in the hercinic granitic massif corresponding to the mountain . In landscape terms, it is possible to observe a vast granite area of the [...]
Paiva walkways

The Paiva Walkways are located on the left bank of the Paiva River, in Arouca in the Aveiro district. There are km of landscapes of unrivaled beauty, a natural sanctuary, along the descents of white water, quartz crystals and endangered species in Europe. Stay at our Palace Hotel and SPA Asturias and enjoy our […]

Douro Tour

Douro Demarcated Region There is no shortage of activities in the Douro region, whether visiting the cellars, contemplating the landscape of vineyards as far as the eye can see or taking a boat trip on the river. Our hotel is a great starting point for visiting this beautiful region.