ABOUT OLIVEIRA DO HOSPITAL COUNCIL
(Concelho de Oliveira do Hospital)
Oliveira do Hospital
Some basic facts about the council of Oliveira do Hospital are a population of around 21,000 people and a total area of 234 square km. Located in the heart of Portugal, it has the highest mountains in Portugal. The town with the same name is the largest in the council.
It is an increasingly popular destination for expats moving to Portugal. With relatively cheap property and providing a quiet, rural environment, the expat community is growing. The conversion of old stone houses and “quintas” with their rustic appeal, seems to be the preferred option for most.
The council is home to Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in Portugal and has some stunning views. One of the few places in Portugal where snow is a regular occurrence in the winter and with its own ski station. It is also home to a rich cuisine and to the nationally famous Serra da Estrela cheese. This is a cured sheep’s milk cheese. Find out more about the area with the Active Tourist Guide from the local council.
AMENITIES AND SERVICES
Most of the essential shops and services can be found in the town of Sertã:
- Supermarkets: Continente, and Pingo Doce
- Health centre and hospital – Centro de Saúde
- A number of restaurants, coffee shops and bars
- Schools, including Higher education
- Telecom shop – Vodafone and Meo
- Sports hall and gym
- Garages and car dealers
- Industrial estate
- Municipal market
- Fuel pumps
- Hardware and ironmongery stores
- Banks – Novo Banco, Crédito Agrícola, BPI
- A number of local small traditional shops, including butchers, stationery stores, clothing, furniture and home wear and many others.
TOWNS AND LOCALITIES
The council of Oliveira do Hospital is divided in 16 localities (freguesias in Portuguese). Oliveira do Hospital is the main town within the council, with the localities being:
- Aldeia das Dez
- Alvoco das Várzeas
- Lagares da Beira
- Nogueira do Cravo
- São Gião
- Seixo da Beira
- Travanca de Lagos
- Ervedal e Vila Franca da Beira
- Lagos da Beira e Lajeosa
- Oliveira do Hospital e São Paio de Gramaços
- Penalva de Alva e São Sebastião da Feira
- Santa Ovaia e Vila Pouca da Beira
RIVER BEACHES IN OLIVEIRA DO HOSPITAL
River beaches are a great alternative to traditional beaches, for those living away from the coast. They are incredibly popular in Central Portugal. Usually, these are very well maintained and have a series of amenities such as coffee shops and restaurants and in some cases even water sports. Some of the most popular river beaches in the council of Oliveira do Hospital are:
BUYING A PROPERTY IN PORTUGAL – OLIVEIRA DO HOSPITAL
On the map below you can find properties for sale in Oliveira do Hospital. From houses or villas with land, farmhouses or quintas, stone houses or even new builds. To search in more detail, you can use our advanced search tool.
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