RIOS E MONTANHAS – Holiday Homes in Central Portugal

Holidaylettings / Casas de Férias /  Maisons de Vacances / Ferienhaeuser / Vakantiehuizen

Between the Mountains of SERRA DA ESTRELA & SERRA DO AÇOR
you find RIO DE MEL as a picturesque village,
connecting the two valleys of the rivers Rio Alva and Rio Alvoco.

We offer you Holiday Houses, each for 2 – 6 people

These typical small schist houses have been fully renovated and adapted to modern standards.

HOLIDAY PARADISE during the whole year for couples, families (child-friendly) or small groups and the

IDEAL SPOT for you to explore this beautiful region and to RELAX IN NATURE.


Rios e Montanhas – River Beaches – Natural Waterfalls – Secret Hiking Spots

Swimming at plenty of RIVER BEACHES
Alvoco das Várzeas, Avô or Loriga, right in the neighborhood,

Fraga da Pena, Poço do Inferno and many others !


only 200m from your holiday home !


We provide you with our SPECIAL MAPS with GPS indication at your Holiday Home!

You can discover all the nearby River Beaches, Secret Spots with amazing views and routes for Walking, Cycling and Motorcycling,

Historical Villages, Prehistoric Hiking Routes and other interesting locations in the Region.


Activities and Relax in Nature

You can choose between ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS or just RELAX IN NATURE !


Discover the remote surroundings of Rio de Mel

Walking in Nature or Mountain Biking on good forest roads with magnificant views – on the trails of traditional mountain life !!


Serra da Estrela Activities at Vale do Rossim – Lagoa Comprida – Torre at 2000 meter altitude !
Guided Hiking with NAG – Stand Up Paddle with SupInRiver
– Skiing with Ski Resort

Canoeing at the River Mondego with RockandRiver
Celtic Dolmen in the Mondego Basin Prehistoric Circuit

Biking, Walking, Hiking, Horse-riding.

For all activities you will find information at your holiday home.


Historical Villages


Nearby you can visit the historical village Piódão and magnificent surroundings.

More information please find under Aldeias Históricas de Portugal


Hiking Route Linhares da Beira / Piódão (79,21 km)

Grande Rota (GR22) Aldeias Históricas 

This Hiking Route takes you along the Serra Estrela Mountain Range and his fascinating granite rocks.
You pass old villages with granite stone houses and stables, constructed in passed centuries.
Linhares da Beira, Vale do Rossim, Sabugueiro (highest village of Portugal), Sra. do Desterro,
Lapa dos Dinheiros, Valezim, Vide to Piódão (Serra do Açor)


This Hiking Route is indicated and passes only 500 m behind the Chapel of Rio de Mel,
connecting Valezim and Vide, possible to walk in both directions!


Traditionel Schist-Villages


In the Serra do Açor you find traditional  Schist Villages

Aldeias do Xisto de Portugal

Aldeia das Dez, Faijão, Vila Cova de Alva, Benfeita,…


The schist is a stone which splits easily and creates a flat surface.

Mainly in this region this “horizontal” stone became the ideal building material for houses and stables.


 Mountain Villages
Aldeias das Montanhas – Seia

Alvoco da Serra, Cabeça, Lapa dos Dinheiros, Loriga, Sabugueiro,

Sazes da Beira, Teixeira, Valezim and Vide


All these villages you find in the surroundings of Rio de Mel,

no more than half an hour drive by car!

Beautiful villages all year long ! Feature: Cabeça, Christmas Village !


Towns to visit


Oliveira do Hospital is only 15 km away from Rio de Mel., with all necessary shopping facilities,
Hospital, Pharmacy etc.pp. In Bobadela you can visit Roman Ruins, Amphitheatre and also some Celtic Dolmen.


Seia is only 25 km away with all shopping facilities and plenty of interesting spots to visit:
Toy Museum, Bread Museum, Electricity Museum, CISE (Interpretation Center Serra da Estrela), CineEco.

is a typical “mountain city” about 55 km away on the east side of the Serra da Estrela.
You find all big shopping facilities as well as plenty of interesting spots to visit like Universidade Interior,
Wool Museum, Burel Factory or Royal Factories of Serra da Estrela, Cheese Museum of Pêraboa

is only 85 km away, an old university town worth to visit, especially the university and its library
(one of the oldest of Europe) or Conimbriga, a Roman Town in ruins.

is about 60 km away, nice to visit the historical center of the town,
also all kind of shopping can be done very easily.