The village of São João da Boã Vista is part of the municipality of Tábua. The small town of the same name is 3 km from Casa Fortuna and has everything you need: various supermarkets (e.g. Lidl, Intermarché), an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a modern organic shop with restaurant, Verdelhão, run by Dutch people. There is also a hospital in Tàbua (Centro de Saude).
Tábua is located in a territory crossed by the two rivers Mondego and Alva, between the Serra da Estrela, the Caramulo mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
The entire region offers a unique and varied landscape with extensive hiking trails.
The small town of Coja is located on the Alva River and offers not only great swimming opportunities, but also a town centre that is well worth a visit. Every third Saturday of the month there is a big flea market and handicraft market with an international atmosphere. Lots of hippies.
Coimbra (62 km), the country's former capital, is certainly worth a visit, if only for its well-preserved medieval old town and its baroque library (Biblioteca Joanina), built in the historic university on the site of an old palace.
Viseu (60 km), a city steeped in history, is situated on the Rio Pavia. The Romans were here - various milestones of the Roman roads that crossed have been preserved to this day throughout the region - then came the Visigoths and then the Moors (early 8th century).
Serra da Estrela, about 30 km from Casa Fortuna.
With an area of about 1000 km², the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela covers almost the entire massif of the highest mountain in mainland Portugal, making it the largest nature reserve in the country. The natural waterfalls of Poço da Broca (28 km), Vide (32 km), Poço da Broca do Muro (32 km), Fraga da Pena (25 km) and Poço Fundeiro (32 km), can be reached in 45 minutes by sometimes winding, but beautiful roads
A picturesque place called Seia, in the Estrela mountains, can be reached in just 40 minutes (35 km).
Mondego, 10 km and Alva 20 km, Dão near Santa Comba Dão. In Santa Comba Dão you can not only swim in the huge Praia Fluvial Senhora da Ribeira (18 km) or relax in the beach bars, but also rent canoes and sail for hours on the Mondego.
A few steps from São João da Boã Vista, you can also swim in the Mondego or go canoeing. There are also beautiful river beaches on the Alva. There are also many hiking trails that lead to the many viewpoints in the region.
Figueira da foz, située à 97 km de Casa Fortuna, est devenue célèbre dans le pays à la fin du 19e siècle en tant que station balnéaire mondaine. Aujourd'hui encore, cette station balnéaire au bord de l'Atlantique est connue pour ses vastes plages de sable et son casino Figueira, mais aussi pour diverses manifestations musicales et sportives. Figueira da foz est facilement accessible en une bonne heure par l'autoroute.
A little further north are the towns of Quiaios and Tocha, known for their isolated and beautiful beaches, as well as the beaches near Mira to Aveiro.
Less than 10 km from Casa Fortuna begins the great Mondego hiking trail.
It is a 142 km route that crosses the municipalities of Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra, Penacova and Tábua, all of which are linked by the Mondego River.
The route allows visitors to discover many natural, landscape and cultural sights around Portugal's main river.
Thanks to the different mountain ranges that surround Tàbua, charming tourist and cultural attractions await the visitor. These attractions range from valleys formed by rivers and streams with crystal clear waters, to huge granite rocks such as Pedra da Sé, (13 km) Penedo Cabana (12 km) or Penedo Oxcilante,(42 km), viewpoints shaped by nature.
There are also various walking opportunities from Oliveira do Hospital (17 km), a village founded at the time of the Second Crusade (1147-1149). There are many monuments in the Oliveira do Hospital district, including a series of religious buildings, mansions and fountains. The Mozarabic church of São Pedro de Lourosa in Lourosa and the Baroque church of São Gião are also worth a visit. In the municipality of Bobadela there are Roman ruins and a well-preserved amphitheatre.
Other great hiking trails also at Caldas da Felgueira (31 km).
Bike rides with bike rental on the ecopista do Dão, between Santa Comba Dão (25 km) and Viseu (60 km).
Those who wish to discover the impressive region on horseback have the opportunity to find the right quadruped for a trip via Portugal by horse.
It is also possible to take riding lessons at the Quinta Lusitânian.
Coaching with horses and Natual Horsewomanship is what Conny Kadia offers in Seixo da Beira, in the district of Oliveira do Hospital.
Yoga: we highly recommend the Cara Creek Eco Lodge in Fiais da Baira, where the American Ashley offers yoga classes in the wilderness or courses to become a yoga teacher (classes in English and Portuguese)
Casa Fortuna is located in the heart of one of the oldest wine regions, with the DOC Dão (Denominação de Origem Controlada) - a paradise for wine lovers.
The main grape varieties are touriga, tinta pinheira and alvarelhão for red wine, and arinto, dona branca and barcelos for white wine.
The Dão region is also home to the famous creamy mountain cheese, Quejo de Ovelho, a very special sheep's cheese that comes naturally from mountain farmers in small valleys.
Tábua: Verdelhão - creative organic vegetable dishes, fresh fish, good steaks in a relaxed atmosphere. Excellent wine selection. R. Indústria 35
Hotel Luna - with Beirão aperitif bar. Regional cuisine at the Oliva restaurant, where you can also taste Quejo de Ovelho and Dão wines. Av. Prof. Dr. Caeiro da Matta, phone: +351 235 249 170
Arte E Tempero - American, Brazilian and South American cuisine, famous for its burgers. Also offers various salads and vegan dishes. Rua Doutor Francisco Beirão Edf Coca Loja 2 A, Phone: +351 969 254 179
In the surrounding area, there are weekly markets in almost every village, where you can buy almost anything, from vegetables and special grilled chicken (frango assado) to felt slippers.