Its town / headquarters is only a few minutes away from the A24 and is the main entrance door to the eastern part of Montanhas Mágicas® territory. Covering a significant area of the Montemuro Mountain and of the Paiva River, both Rede Natura 2000 sites, the municipality of Castro Daire has a remarkable biodiversity, presenting mountainous landscapes of great beauty throughout the four seasons.
A nature destination par excellence, the city invites you to discover its geological treasures and its remarkable fauna and flora. Among the geosites the most proeminent are: Pombeira Waterfall, Penedo Nuno, Penedo Pudim and Taffoni de Faifa.
The Paiva River and its stunning valley is one of the symbols of the city. To the most daring people it offers its mighty whitewater, and the ones seeking for moments of relaxation and leisure it invites to discover its attractive river beach, recreational areas and leisure and fishing areas. Castro Daire is also a municipality with a long thermal tradition. The therapeutic properties of the waters discovered in Roman times, flow from a quake-tectonic fault in the Alva granite and begun to be explored in the early twentieth century with the opening of Carvalhal Thermal Waters. Apart from its natural attractions, Castro Daire’s municipality also owns a rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage. Among the most striking monuments there are the Paiva Chapel, or so-called Siglas Temple, a Romanesque monument of the 12th century; the Casa da Cerca, the Carrancas Chapel, the Aguilares Manor House and the Main Church of Castro Daire in the city center. The typical granite villages, located in the middle of the Montemuro Mountain, including Campo Benfeito, Mezio, Rossão, Moura Morta and Picão, and the schist villages of Levadas, Vitoreira, Meã and Pereiró, implanted in the Paiva Valley, are areas of excellence for the discovery of ancient knowledge and flavors, customs and traditions, highlighting those related to the theater, handicrafts, gastronomy, local products, agriculture and pastoralism, fairs and festivals, and even myths and legends.
Whatever the reason for your visit might be, take the opportunity to discover a genuine territory in Castro Daire, faithful to its origins and identity, full of amazing natural and cultural values and still to be explored!