A Casa do Forno - Sleep above a Bread Oven

According to the web site:

The “Casa do Forno” building was in the past one of the community ovens of Salvaterra do Extremo, a little town located in the border municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, right next to Spain.

So what did they do with this derelict 19th century structure? They rebuilt the bottom, and added a top story so that you could wake up to the smell of the morning bread. There is no better smell.

Salvaterra do Extremo is in Portugal’s Centro region, west of Gardunha and Serra da Estrela mountains and the city of Castelo Branco.

For those of you who are going to explore the fascinating rural areas of Portugal, this sounds like the idea starting place for a journey up through the mountains, staying at Casa do ze Sapateiro to explore Centro’s Schist Villages on foot or by mountain bike, then perhaps a drive up the Serra da Estrela to enjoy the mountains and perhaps save some traditional cheese called queijo do serra while staying at Casa das Penhas Douradas

Check out the Casa do Forno web site. It’s got a very informative English translation (find the button, then use the tabs to navigate), very nicely written.

You can check prices and book Casa do Forno on Booking.com, and you don’t need a credit card to make a reservation, according to the site. The price is stunningly inexpensive.

Filed in: Where to Stay, Centro

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