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For the most of us, living in a luxury condominium means living within a modern infrastructure with a selected and closed environment that should include a swimming pool. But for Ana and António, two biologists who came from Lisboa fascinated by the rural charms, the luxury condominium concept is a bit different: in Castelo Rodrigo, the beautiful fortified village they live in, the walls have centuries of history and are opened to whoever wants to come in. The simple people in the neighbourhood always stand a smile and the swimming pool is a monument – the ancient cistern that once served as water reservoir for the village and now gives name to Casa da Cisterna. Different perspectives, different rhythms of life...
Breakfast & Meals
No time restrictions

Ana serves a delicious, complete breakfast in the dining room, without time restrictions. After all, guests are here to relax and get stress-free.

- A selection of home made jams
- Local honey
- Home made cake or pie
- Natural juice made with
- Barca d’Alva oranges
- Milk, coffee, hot chocolate
- A selection of teas and infusions
- Cereals
- Fresh fruit
- Regional cheese & sliced cheese
- Curd cheese
- Smoked ham
- Ham
- Eggs on request


There is a menu for each day, and you can select yours in advance:

- Starters (eg alheira, wild asparagus with scrambled eggs, crushed olives, vegetable patties, figs with ham, sheep cheese, etc.)
- Soup (ex.: Vegetable smooth soup, Green broth, Carrot cream, Turnip sprout soup, etc.)
- Main course (ex.: Country chicken rice; Oven loin with aromatic herbs and toasted potatoes; Cod chopped à Gomes Sá; Cod au gratin; Duck rice in the oven; Cod fritters with cabbage rice; etc)
- Dessert (ex.: Almond tart; Soft chocolate tart; Farófias; Curd pudding; Red fruit ice cream; Rice pudding, etc.)
- Coffee/tea
- Water (not including other beverages)

What To Do
 1. Outside fun 
 2. Inside fun 
 3. Donkey rides 
 4. Off-track rides 
 5. Pic-nics 
 6. Foz Côa rupestre art 

1. In spite of Casa da Cisterna has just a small exterior area, you won’t need more than that because the real terrace is the Historical Village, with everything it has to offer. Day or night, a stroll throughout the old houses is always a great experience.

2. Enjoy Cisterna’s swimming pool. With its privileged location overlooking a magnificent panorama, it gives unique conditions to get a great sun tan.

3. Ana and António are protecting the Miranda donkey from extinction, so they breed them. The “burricadas” offer plenty of joy for all family.

4. In her 4x4 vehicle, Ana can drive you to the many points of interest surrounding Castelo Rodrigo.

5. In your tours, always count on the famous picnic baskets of Cisterna. Request in advance and Ana will provide you with a wonderful meal to take away.

6. Don’t miss a visit to the Côa’s River rock art engravings. Ana will guide you in an incredible night walking experience.

Where To Go
 1. The International Douro 
 2. Penedo Durão 
 3. Almeida 
 4. Sabores do Castelo 
 5. Entre Portas restaurant 
 6. O Lagar restaurant 

1.  The Natural Park offers 85.000 ha of protected area in an amazing natural scenery marked by the Douro river.

2.  Visit Almofala and Arribas do Águeda, go on a cruise along the Douro valley, leaving from Barca d’Alva, watch the Ribeira do Mosteiro and let yourself be dazzled by the stunning landscape you can see from Penedo Durão.

3. Almeida is also an Historical Village. As a bordering village, it is characterized by its extraordinary defensive wall which presents a geometrically perfect twelve point star shape.

4. In Castelo Rodrigo, offers a wide variety of local products which includes jams, wine and the tasty region’s olive oil.

Where to eat:
5. Located in the center of Pinhel, next to the wall, a restaurant where great architecture and amazing gastronomy are perfectly combined.
6. A typical restaurant created from the restoration of an old oil-press.

contacts & location
"We live in a luxury condo: very rich in history and culture and protected against attacks on our historic heritage."  
Ana Berliner & António Monteiro
Ana Berliner & António Monteiro
Casa da Cisterna
Cisterna I - Largo da Igreja
Cisterna II - Rua da Cadeia nº 7
6440-031 Castelo Rodrigo
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+351 917 618 122 (chamada rede mvel nacional)
+351 271 313 515 (chamada rede fixa nacional)
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