Pampilhosa da Serra


Between Mountains and Valleys...

This is the biggest municipality of the lands Entre LOusã e Zêzere and, at a first look, we get lost in the landscape greatness, where it prevails the deep green of the Moutains of Estrela, Açor, Lousã and the sparkling blue of the Rivers Ceira, Unhais and Zêzere.

Located at the Central Mountain Range, this municipality has some splendid natural scenarios: from deep valleys ripped by the three rivers that cross it, to the great peaks, some abrupt and rocky, others with vegetation.

The Dams of Alto Ceira and Santa Luzia are places with a unique beauty, where we can enjoy the quietness that describes this area.

The town of Pampilhosa da Serra is the head council whose origins date from the medieval period. Its name, Pampilhosa, comes from the word Pampilho, small and beautiful rural flower, look alike with a daisy flower.

Besides the magnificent landscapes generously offered by this municipality’s nature, it still has to offer to its visitors several genuine flavours, typical from the Mountain.

Facts Facts about Pampilhosa da Serra




396,49 km²


5 220 inhab. ( 2001)

Population Density (inhab./ km²)


Civil Parishes

10 [Cabril, Dornelas do Zêzere, Fajão, Janeiro de Baixo, Machio, Pampilhosa da Serra, Pessegueiro, Portela do Fojo, Unhais-o-Velho and Vidual]




Pinhal Interior Norte



Old Province

Beira Baixa

Geographic Situation

North: Arganil
West: Góis
Northeast: Covilhã
East: Fundão
South: OLeiros e Sertã
Southwest: Pedrógão Grande

Main Water Resources

Rios Zêzere, Unhais and Ceira

Coat of Arms and Flag
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Famous Persons

D. Eurico Dias Nogueira (1923-...) D. Eurico Dias Nogueira (1923-...)
Born in Dornelas do Zêzere, Pampilhosa da Serra. Graduated in Private Law by the University of Coimbra. In 1977 he was assigned to be Braga’s Archbishop. He resignated in 1999 and lived, since that time, at the Seminary of S. Pedro e S. Paulo in Braga.

Monsenhor Nunes Pereira (1906-2001) Monsenhor Nunes Pereira (1906-2001)
Born in 1906 in Mata de Fajão, Pampilhosa da Serra. Was ordinated Priest in 1929 and he was also Vicar General in Coimbra’s Diocese. Since 1958, he dedicated himself to watercolour painting. He was also familiar with the stained glass’s technique.

He preferred, however, the woodcut works, artistic designs with chisel, water and pencil. He made several works in wood, copper, slate, ivory and stone. The woodcut works of Contos de Fajão, as well as some Jesus, Saints and Mary woodcuts, are part of an important ethnographic and Sacred Art patrimony of the Museum of Coimbra’s Major Seminary. His work can be seen in the Museum with his name, in the village of Fajão, in Pampilhosa da Serra.