Working in complete seclusion, with great hikes in between - and still close to Europe's most modern data center: everything is possible in the Portuguese Serra da Estrela.
Serra da Estrela - Unique creative landscape
The Serra da Estrela Natural Park is located in the Seia district, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Coimbra, 2 hours from Porto airport and 3 hours from Lisbon airport. Rocky, rugged landscapes, grandiose lakes and rivers, rock platforms, green valleys and forests: the views are breathtaking and widen the view for new ones ideas and creative impressions.
The numerous mountain villages are also exciting, each of which tells its own story. This Network of villages is spread over an area of around 100 square kilometers, which is criss-crossed by 14 hiking trails, one long-distance hiking trail and four mountain bike routes.
Mountain villages with history
There is, for example, Alpedrinha, founded by the Romans and described by José Saramago in his “Journey to Portugal”. Or Alvoco das Várzeas in Oliveira do Hospital, which boasts a listed church and a medieval stone bridge.
The municipality of Lapa dos Dinheiros, which today belongs to Seia, can be traced back to the 1st millennium BC. Or Videmonte in Guarda, a place where old Women at the well their laundry from Hand wash, because they use the social exchange.
Coworking in the mountain village
In a globalized World these mountain villages appear tiny - and yet they are full of genuine, polite and hospitable ones People. And they are the places where the Cooperativa Cowork offers fully digitized, comfortable workplaces for different requirements.
Non-profit spaces are used, which are operated by the network of mountain villages in partnership with the local parishes and municipalities. The focus is not only on work, but also on enjoying and experiencing the pleasant and functional rural environment in the Serra da Estrela. It is this special atmosphere that offers space for unusual, new ideas.
Supplying the whole world from the Serra da Estrela
Like the story of lawyer João Tomás and manager Isabel Costa who brought back to life the traditional Burel Factory in Manteigas. Because the region was once home to the most important wool factory in the region, founded in 1947, which then fell victim to globalization. Today the story is reversed: from Manteigas they supply the whole world.
The secret of their creative power is Burel, a Portuguese sheep's wool whose tradition dates back to the 11th century. Due to its robust and water-repellent nature, it was mainly used by shepherds as a cloak and blanket. The Burel Factory has rediscovered him today for interior decoration and design and has not given the Burel Mountain Hotels belonging to the factory a unique, creative atmosphere, but also equips the offices of companies such as Microsoft Portugal with its 62 employees.
The most beautiful data center in Europe
The small town of Covilhã at the foot of the Serra de Estrela also shows that the region has long since arrived in the digital modern age. Here Portugal Telecom (PT) put into operation one of the largest, most environmentally friendly and most efficient data centers in the world. At least it is considered Europe's most beautiful data center, to which customers Accentur, Wipro or various banks count right from the start.
Covilhã proves to be advantageous for the sustainable claim in several respects: A photovoltaic system with thousands of solar panels generates a large part of the required Energy, At the same time, the data center is located in one of the coldest regions of the country, so that PT can cool the data center with fresh air over 99 percent of the year. And there is an artificial lake that is fed by rainwater and also to cool the Technology is used.
All in all a creative, exciting region with a unique landscape and lots of potential for a relaxed workout.
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