In Covilhã, you can wrap yourself in traditional blankets, scarves, hats, gloves, and slippers. Do not neglect the ends. Go to the Covilhã and get to know the origins and history of Portugal’s wool industry, through a museum and real wool factories. Dress warmly if you pay a winter visit to the city in the snowy Serra da Estrela.
Covilhã is home to the University of Beira Interior, the capital of Portugal’s wool industry (with a museum that is dedicated to it), the city has been renovated in recent times - gaining new green spaces and plazas. Opened a few months ago, the new Museum of Sacred Art is a must see. Outside the city, also the new Peraboa Museum of Cheese is worth a trip and includes a mountain restaurant. Among heritage, culture and flavors, a new footbridge dubbed the World's Coolest Design Destinations by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
The Wool Museum - Run by the University of Beira Interior, is considered one of the best museums in Europe. It is housed in 1764 factories, that evoke the early days of industrialization where water flows from the mountains were the main driving force. Steam boilers of the old Veiga Factory, the ancient dye plant, with its furnaces and cylindrical wells to dye the wool, are some of the cool things that can be seen in this museum.