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Casino Fundanense

Town square with the view of Casino Fundanense (built in 1896).
Old picture of Town Square (Casino Fundanense not visible).
The main entrance of Casino Fundanense.

Casino Fundanense

Praça do Município 20, 6230-338 Fundão


Fundão is a city and a municipality in the Castelo Branco District in Portugal. Fundão proper is an old city with 8,369 inhabitants in 2001, situated at the point where the slope of the Gardunha range meets the Cova da Beira plains, 500 meters above sea level. The municipality population in 2011 was 29,213, in an area of 700.20 km2. It is subdivided into 23 parishes. The film festival, IMAGO – Young Film and Video Festival, is organized in the town. The town is an important local center of industry and services. Around it lies some of the most fertile land in the region, in a large valley (Cova da Beira) between the Gardunha and Estrela ranges, where the Zêzere River starts its way towards the Tagus. The most significant productions are cherries, peaches, olive oil, wine, wood pulp, and vegetables. Some of the most important wolframite mines in the world (a mineral source for the element tungsten) are explored within its municipal limits. Other important mines extract lead and tin. High-quality mineral water is bottled from several sources.

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Fundão saw from the top of the mountain (Serra da Gardunha), during Spring.


In Fundão, the summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 2°C to 31°C and is rarely below -3°C or above 36°C. The hot season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 21 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 27°C. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 31°C and a low of 16°C. The cool season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 15 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 15°C. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 2°C and a high of 11°C.

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Fundão and the mountain (Serra da Gardunha) during the winter.
Fundão during the winter.

Universidade da Beira Interior

The main entrance of UBI’s Faculty of Engineering.
The main building of Universidade da Beira Interior.
UBI’s main building from the air.

Universidade da Beira Interior – Faculdade de Engenharia (Faculty of Engineering)

R. da Calçada Fonte Lameiro 10, 6200-358 Covilhã


Covilhã is a city and a municipality in the Centro region, Portugal. It is located in the Cova da
Beira subregion and the Castelo Branco, Beiras and Serra da Estrela Intermunicipal Community.

Sometimes referred to as the town of wool and snow, Covilhã is one of the main urban centers of the historical Beira Interior region. The proximity of the mountains offers dramatic scenery and a great environment for those fond of hiking, camping, mountain climbing, and skiing.

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Geography and climate

The city of Covilhã towers between 450 and 800 meters (1,476 and 2,624 feet) above the sea level, thus the mountain landscape is ever-present.

In the municipality of Covilhã but outside the urban area, Penhas da Saúde is one of its highest points. At 1,500 meters (4,821 ft) high, this village and winter resort is located within the Serra da Estrela Natural Park.

The climate in Covilhã is the Mediterranean, moderately cold in the winter and relatively warm in the summer.

There is the Vodafone Ski Resort, the only ski resort in Portugal, 20 km (12.4 mi) away from the city, actually in the neighboring municipality of Seia.

The hottest month is August, with an average temperature of 22.2 °C (72.0 °F), while the coldest month is January, with an average of 6.2 °C (43.2 °F). The average annual temperature of Covilhã is 13.6 °C (56.5 °F) and the average annual rainfall is 1,802 millimeters (70.9 in).