Casa De Alfena
The Casa de Alfena is an eighteenth century manor house, attached to a set of farm buildings and old goldsmith shops, which were adapted to a unit of rental accommodation and a museum of gold. The Casa de Alfena only just been built in 1860, when Jose da Silva, a wealthy merchant of jewelry, and great-great grandfather of current owners, Francisco de Sousa and Maria Carvalho and Carvalho de Sousa Idalina, it added the imposing portal. In the late 40s, the various activities of manufacturing and marketing of gold in the family are integrated in the same company, under the responsibility of Adelino Antonio Rebelo, the then owner of the house Alfena. It is also during this period that the company can grow significantly, benefiting almost instant prosperity of many miners of tungsten in the areas of Basto and Barroso. The Casa de Alfena presents itself, well, not just as an eighteenth century building, but as the axis of rotation of a family tradition and deep connection with the activity of manufacturing and marketing of gold, and agriculture. It is located in the village of Travassos, a village - shop with tradition in the manufacture of filigree on the banks of River Ave The idea of â??â??creating a Museum of Gold follows the efforts of the owner, goldsmith who over fifty years of activity, has been collecting loot and documentation. The floor, the manicured gardens, the waterfalls and fountains surrounding the pool provide a tranquil setting this house which invites lazy and regain strength. The proximity of the spa and Geres National Park Peneda-Geres, with its seventy thousand acres of ecological reserve and breathtaking landscapes, where they join the ethnographic and archaeological aspects, make this house an ideal place to discover the region .