Castanheira de Pêra

A world to discover

"Em Tempo", Castanheira de Pêra promocional film.
For more informations, please visit Município de Castanheira de Pêra

Castanheira de Pêra is a village with around 3600 inhabitants in the northeast of the district of Leiria, in the Portuguese Centre region, subregion of the Pinhal Interior Norte. Land of majestic, unforgettable and diverse green colours. Land of emotions, full of charms.

Step by step

Get your boots and backpack and go for a walk: there are more than 5 footpaths in Castanheira de Pera waiting for you to discover the best that nature has to offer. Here, every step is a new opportunity to discover breath-taking landscapes, picturesque villages and welcoming people. Castanheira de Pera is a destination of choice for trekking and walking through a rustic, serene and truly Portuguese environment.

Sports and adventure

Castanheira de Pera has privileged natural conditions for the practice of sports. Come enjoy the well-being of body and mind, physical exercise and contact with nature. Discover the sporting side of Portugal's Centre region.

Dive into discovery

The river beaches of Poço Corga and Praia das Rocas in Castanheira de Pêra are two of the best river bathing areas in the Centre region. Besides leisure, and due to their natural characteristics, these river beaches have spots with great beauty. They both have support infrastructures and were awarded the Blue Flag and Accessible Beach status.

Praia das Rocas

Promotional video of Praia das Rocas.
For more information, see Praia Fluvial das Rocas

da Casconha

“Áques larfamos Laínte” – Here we speak Laínte

In the nineteenth century, the inventive spirit of the people from Castanheira de Pêra led to the creation of Laínte da Casconha. Laínte is a language that only the insiders understand and Casconha is an invented word that means Castanheira de Pêra.

It is a language that was used by street vendors that travelled around to sell the fabrics from Castanheira de Pera. Laínte allowed sellers to communicate among them without the customers understanding it and, in case of assault, to settle on a strategy to defend themselves. The last street vendors who could speak Laínte were: Mr. Valdemar Rosinha, Mr. José da Silva Mendes and Mr. Virgilio.
Nowadays, Mr. Domingos Alves is the only person that still knows Laínte.

Campino's cap

The only factory in the world making campinos' caps

Campinos are the wild cattle herders in the Portuguese region of Ribatejo. The caps are manufactured in the only existing factory worldwide, located in the Industrial Park of Safrujo, in Castanheira de Pêra.

This factory, besides campinos' caps (green and red), also manufactures the traditional (black) caps used by the fishermen in Nazaré. The original caps were an integral part of the traditional clothes of the Neveiros do Coentral (in charge of the production of ice for the former Portuguese royal family), and they still are an ex-libris of Castanheira de Pêra. The tradition of offering them to the authorities that visit the region is still alive.
The caps also served as a pocket to store tobacco, matches and money, keeping it in the bottom of their lining to avoid being subject to moisture. This is why the caps are long.

You can visit this tourist attraction at Safrujo Industrial Park, in Castanheira de Pêra.