Stage 3
Stage 3 / Covilhã - Crato / 142 km / 20 May
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Covilhã

Located on the slope of Serra da Estrela, facing East, this city, seat of county, is located at about 700 meters of altitude and is the most important urban center of the Serra da Estrela area.

With a long history and human occupation from remote times, Covilhã has in its wool industry one of its main references. This industry began in the region in the time of King D. Sancho I, was developed by the Jewish community, having gained a new impulse in 1763 under the action of Marquês de Pombal that here founded the Royal Factory of Panos, becoming the largest wool production center in the country.

Covilhã is also known for being the birthplace of discoverers and explorers who gave new worlds to the world during the time of the Portuguese Discoveries, and even received Prince Henry the Navigator, the title of Lord of Covilhã.

There are several points of interest in this dynamic city and its surroundings, with a pleasant historical center, with places such as the ancient Judiaria, with its narrow streets and Manueline windows, the Chapel of Saint Martin, the Chapel of Santa Cruz or the Museum of the Wool. In fact, the Real Fábrica de Panos, where the University of Beira Interior and the Woolen Museum currently operate, are important legacies for the true knowledge of this region.

Parks, gardens, manor houses, and many Churches demonstrate the religious fervor of the region, and are pleasant and interesting heritage patrimony of this zone.

The University, a variety of fairs and markets, commerce and all the movement of this city make it clear that Covilhã is a lively and productive center.

Crato

Crato is a beautiful, quiet and peaceful Alentejo village, seat of the county, famous for its beautiful Monastery of Flor da Rosa and all the monastic tradition that it houses.

It is a small beautiful and well preserved village, from the low and simple white houses with the typical Alentejo lane surrounding the doors and windows, with pride in its patrimony, like the important Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa, housing one of the most Portugal's coveted Pousadas, but also the beautiful thirteenth-century Mother Church, the ruins of the towering Castle, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso where the Municipal Museum and the Padre Belo House Museum operate, not forgetting the Balcony of the Grand Prior, last testimony of the imposing Palace of Priors of Crato.

Throughout the region several megalithic monuments attest to the ancestry of these stops, such as Anta do Couto dos Andreiros or Penedo do Caraça, among many others.

The surrounding nature is of great beauty, being in the area three beautiful dams: Vale Seco, Arreganhada and the Câmara, providing good conditions for the most varied sports, nautical and leisure activities.

Local of old customs, in Crato is produced a variety of objects of craftsmanship in wood, clay, cork or marble.

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Despite this 3rd Stage being a recovery stage, considering the high mountain journey of the previous day, it's far from being flat and monotonous.

On this day, Ride Across Portugal is mostly traveled on the beautiful and undulating roads of Beira Baixa.

But it is also noteworthy the crossing of the Tagus River (the largest in Portugal) just in front of "Portas do Rodão" a spectacular natural granite monument, offering athletes the view of one of the most iconic postcards of our country.

At the end of the stage it is time not only to enjoy the History, but to experience it in person, whilst recovering in the medieval atmosphere of Pousada da Flor da Rosa, based in the medieval Monastery of the same name.

PuraLã - Wool Valley Hotel & SPA

Completely renovated, the Puralã - Wool Valley Hotel & SPA, a Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel, appears in the market as a portal of offer of the local community and the history of the city of Covilhã and its identity mark: Wool, wires, wool, industry, ...

Puralã - Wool Valley Hotel & SPA offers air-conditioned rooms and a buffet breakfast. It features the Natura Club & Spa, which offers various beauty treatments and therapeutic massages. Covilhã Train Station is 2 km away.

Puralã offers suites and rooms with private bathrooms. Some rooms provide a private hot tub.

Guests can enjoy à la carte dishes or a full buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor pools complete with seating areas. The hotel also has a children's club.

Puralã - Wool Valley Hotel & SPA is 3 km from Covilhã city center.

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato is located in the village of Flor da Rosa, Crato county, in the middle of Alto Alentejo, 22km from the city of Portalegre.

It was built in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa and is made up of three distinct buildings: the Gothic-style fortress church, a gothic pavilion, already with fifteenth-century alterations, and the other conventual premises already renaissance and Mudejar.

This Monastery is one of the most emblematic works of the region and one of the most original Gothic buildings in Portugal. During your stay at this luxury hotel, enjoy an outdoor swimming pool with a sunbathing terrace ideal for sunbathing, relax in the Magic Spa with a jacuzzi or enjoy a meal in the restaurant.

Rooms are bright with modern décor, warm colors and dark wood furniture equipped with a TV, minibar and free wi-fi internet.