Santa Comba Dão
Santa Comba Dão
- On this page:
- Santa Comba Dão
- Largo do Rossio
- The river Dão and the Aguiera Lake
- Information for guests of Abelenda
From this natural belvedere there are several beautiful views, which turn this tranquil town into a place well worth exploring.
The Bairro Alto (high quarter), with its curving alleys, its charming traditional patios and its streets with suggestive names, has a mediaeval atmosphere.
Santa Comba Dão - Largo do Rossio
The square Largo do Rossio, in the lower part of the town, is one of the most picturesque places. On the one hand the pomp and circumstance of the harmonious and elegant houses of the nobility, in contrast with the attractive popular houses on the other hand.
Other places to visit in Santa Comba Dão
The Casa dos Arcos, with its elegant façade, verandas and arches, the presbytery, with its magnificent renaissance façade, the 18th century church Igreja Matriz and the picturesque square of the town-hall Largo do Município, are the important visual attractions of the heart of the town.
The river Dão and the Aguieira Lake
The river Dão sources in Portugal and runs for about 100 kilometres before emptying into the Mondego River, very near to Santa Comba Dão and Quinta da Abelenda (about 6 km). Its granite-sloped valley is situated in the "Região Demarcada do Dão", where the famous Dão wines are produced.
In 1981 the Aguieira dam was constructed in the Mondego river, just a few kilometres beyond the point where the river Dão empties into the Mondego, creating the artificial lake of Aguieira. The river Dão near Quinta do Rio Dão becomes a part of this lake. Its water level is not constant, depending on the annual rainfall and the use of water for irrigation, flood control and electrical power production.
Excelent for canoeing (motor boats are not allowed).
Fishing is allowed during the fishing-season and with a valid permit, which you can easily obtain during your stay here. Fishing is very popular here and there is plenty of fish to catch, such as carp, black bass, perch, boce and eel.
Information for guests of Quinta da Abelenda
If you stay in Quinta da Abelenda, then Santa Comba Dão is the nearest town for all kind of shopping. It is only 10 minutes by car.
There are banks, a post office and all kind of small shops. The 3 larger supermarkets are open 7 days a week, until 9 pm.
There are severals restaurants, cafes and bars.
The train station of Santa Comba Dão is located between Quinta da Abelenda and Santa Comba Dao, only 1500 meters from Quinta da Abelenda. There are direct trains to Lisbon (250 km, two and a half hours).
At Quinta da Abelenda you can do horseback riding, canoeing and biking.