LOCAL INFORMATION

The beauty of the area with many sites of historical interest, and beautiful lakes to visit and swim in or enjoy the water sports, means it is highly recommended that you hire a car to make the most of your stay here. There are many places of natural beauty and interest around Casa da Pedra Nova.
There is also the Holy Shrine of Fatima, the Knights Templar castle of Tomar, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the
Convento De Christo, Constancia and Castelo Do Bode.  Portugal's largest caves at Mira de Aire, a Dinossaur Footprints and the Gothic Monastery at Batalha are also a pleasant drive away, as is the walled city of Obidos.

The coast is a little over an hour away with the beautiful beach at Nazaré, the walled town and fishing port of Peniche, and the lively Figueira Da Foz with its superb beaches and surf, café bars and casino.

In the ancient city of Conimbriga you will find some of the largest Roman ruins in Portugal.

Pombal is a 75 minute drive west.  It is a small city and provides an excellent modern train service to the main cities and to the north, south and east of Portugal.  

The castle sits on a hill surrounded by woodland overlooking the town below and was built originally in 1161 by Gualdim Pais, Grand Master of the Orders of the Knights Templars.

Coimbra, Portugal's 3rd city, is a 75 minute drive and home to one of the world’s oldest universities, founded in 1290 by King Dinis.

Coimbra sits on the edge of the River Mondego. In the old town narrow cobbled streets lead to hidden squares with cafe bars, shops and ancient churches.

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FESTIVALS

Portugal there is a deep-rooted respect throughout the country for ancient traditions, which is often reflected in religious festivals or festas
Festas are held all over the country throughout the year and can celebrate all manner of things including saint's days, pilgrimages, traditional dances, wine, music, gastronomy, sporting and harvest events.
Portugal has a remarkable number of spectacular festivals and celebrations, including the Holy Week Festival; the Festas de São João (June). In addition, towns and villages will hold their own unique festas.
Carnival: occurs in February during the three day period before Ash Wednesday. In Portugal, this period is called "Entrudo", the commemorative name of the beginning of Lent. In Tomar, the Carnival is celebrated with costumes, parties, dances, spectacular and colourful parades of costume.
Domingo de Ramos: is celebrated the Sunday before Easter Sunday. This festival is celebrated in remembrance of the offer made to Jesus Christ by his followers, when Christ came down the Olive trees Hill, after having stayed there, in solitude, for 40 days in meditation. People get a small bunch of olive tree branches and rosemary, they then go to the church in procession. Then, in the church, the priest blesses the branches with the holy water and says Mass.
Portugal's National Day and Camões Day: takes place on the 10th of June. This day celebrates Portugal's independence, as well as, its epic poet, Luís Vaz de Camões, who told the story of the nautical discoveries in 'Os Lusíadas' in 1572. This day has emphasis on cultural events with traditional celebrations.
St. Martin's Day and Women's St. Martin: takes place on the 9th-10th of November. St. Martin's Day begins in the afternoon on the 10th, where people eat grilled chestnuts and drink jerupiga and água-pé. Children paint their faces with the coal used to grill the chestnuts as a playful way. It begins in the afternoon -- people eat grilled chestnuts and drink "jerupiga" and "água-pé". Some also paint their faces with the coal used to grill the chestnuts. On the 9th,Women's St. Martin Day is celebrated with only women taking part in the festivities. The women eat the grilled chestnuts and enjoy the celebrated beverages.
Portuguese Golegã Horse Fair (Feira Nacional do Cavalo) 3th – 11th November The roots of Golega horse fair, originally called "Feira de São Martinho",  are back to the XVIII century. It started intending to promote the trade for agriculture products from the region since Golega has very fertile soils.   In addition, the Lusitano horse became part in the fair due to the location of important Lusitano breeders in Golega fields.

 
In 1883, Marquês de Pombal gave his the support to the breeders to show their horses. In time, the Lusitano horse became the main attraction of the fair and people from all regions of Portugal would come to see and to trade horses. Later, with the awareness of the Lusitano horse in other countries, the Golega horse fair started to receive people from several countries. In 1972, in order to reflect its importance for horses and their breeders in Portugal, the name of the fair changed to National Horse Fair "Feira Nacional do Cavalo". The most important day of the fair traditionally is the 11th of NovemberPreparations are already underway for the 2012 ‘FESTA DOS

As this is a brand new property that we have just started to list it is an ideal time to book a stay at Casa do Lago.

 
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