This iconic 19thcentury granite olive mill will be restored to create a riverside restaurant, on two floors, providing: café/bar; dining area for 120 people; gallery and performance space; waterside terrace; walled garden with natural shade from walnut trees. Located on Grand Route 22, it will be a focal point for walkers and cyclists. The design includes ecological water and waste management and renewable energy systems.
The restaurant will be at the centre of Artisan Village, serving breakfasts, lunch and dinner to residents, tourists, campers and the general public. As such, it provides a first base access to the Vale das Lobas Nature Resort, with great international food, amazing salads, many vegetarian options, fresh fish, home made ice cream, pastries, and much more, on a foundation of good old fashioned Beira Alta hospitality.
The Riverside Restaurant is the starting point for adventure. From here you can set off on a mountain bike, hike the trails, go horseback riding, or visit the ancient gardens and chapel in the Vale das Lobas Nature Spa Hotel.
Festivals and Markets
There will be a program of creative arts, dance and music events, and artisan markets in the riverside district. Weekend artisan markets will raise the profile of this district, and bring a regular flow of visitors into the valley. Festivals will provide a focus for celebration and the honouring of the natural cycles.
Schedule of festivals:
- 1 February – Festival of Light
- 21 March – Equinox
- 1 May – Corn
- 21 June – Solstice
- 1 August – Fruit
- 21 September – Equinox
- 1 November – Magusto – Chestnut
- 21 December – Olive Harvest