Cerdeira - Home for Creativity

Lugar da Cerdeira, Cerdeira - Lousã - 3200-509 Lousã - Coimbra - Portugal

Cerdeira is a mountain retreat for people looking for an immersive experience in nature. The village specializes in creative, eco and active tourism. Perfect for families, hikers, artists and nature enthusiasts. It also hosts an Art and Craft School.

We want to be a community of arts with a village as home and the world as our inspiration. Our mission is to provide an offering where nature and creative vision combine to create unique experiences and unique products. To showcase the freedom and space of a village in the hills of Lousã, the authenticity and comfort of a stay in our schist houses, and to be an epicenter of cultural inspiration through art and creativity


Hidden away in a small valley at 700m above sea level, Cerdeira was a village of schist houses at risk of disappearing after agricultural activity was abandoned in the middle of the 20th Century. Almost 300 years old, the village was built by courageous people, farmers who lived off the land and who, even if they left in search of a better life for their families, would always come back and visit their home.

Today, Cerdeira has new stories to tell, of new inhabitants who have, will their persistence and will power, breathed life and purpose back into this place, of men and women who have knowledgeably restored the houses and made them comfortable, as a 21st century house should be, of guests who choose the village to spend their holidays, and of artists from all over the world who come in search of inspiration. Cerdeira is now one of 27 villages that make up the network of Aldeias do Xisto.

Since 1988 Kerstin Thomas and Bernard Langer have been recovering some of the houses in the village of Cerdeira. Later in 2000, Natália and José Serra, friends they had met in Coimbra, joined in the recovery effort. Gradually, the project gained form and meaning. In 2006 was organized the first Arts festival "Elementos à Solta". In 2012, the Cerdeira Village project started, which in 2018 became Cerdeira - Home for Creativity.


Cerdeira - Home for Creativity was thought to a sustainable and inspiring project. Our schist houses have been rebuilt with stone, clay and native woods, always thinking about the comfort and well-being of our guests.

Creativity combined with Ecological Sustainability and Social Responsibility are fundamental concepts for us, applied not only to the rehabilitation of shale houses, classified heritage, but also to the activities around art and creativity that we have developed, and of course, in the involvement with the Local Community. In this way, we make every effort to:

Promote programs and environmental training to our employees and guests to raise awareness of responsible and sustainable tourism;

Promote rational use of natural resources, optimizing our energy and water consumption;

To value the use of local and, where possible, organic products;

Measuring the waste produced in our facilities to reduce it every year;

Favoring ecological certified products for cleaning and maintenance;

Favoring local and regional resources (eg local builders, hiring staff, equipment acquisition);

To favor the continuous improvement of our Environmental Management system;

Comply with applicable legal and environmental requirements and other requirements subscribed by the accommodation;

Disclose our Environmental Policy to all stakeholders;

Use Culture and Art as a means of connecting with the Local Community.

Registration numbers 5162/TER, 7404/AL, 7381/AL, 5160/TER, 5161/TER, 99710/AL and 60484/AL.

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    • Electric vehicle charging station
    • Bicycle rental service
    • Supporting the local economy
    • Promoting "eco" activities
    • No single dose
    • 100% renewable energy
    • Organic or Local Food
    • Car-free accessibility
    • Ecological cleaning products
    • More than 80% waste recycling
    • Energy saving lights
    • Green building
    • Solar thermal panels for hot water
    • Water flow reducers
    • Recovery & reuse of rainwater
    • Recycled paper
    • Towel change on request
    • Appliances in energy class A
    • Regional Food
    • Environmental-friendly fornitures
    • Fair trade products
    • Biodiversity of green areas
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    • Digital Detox


    • Kitchenette
    • Electric Vehicles Charging
    • Fast Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles
    • Private bathroom
    • Internet
    • Breakfast included
    • Organic garden
    • Bicycles
    • Ecotourism itineraries
    • Wellness center
    • Accessibility
    • Small pets allowed
    • Child & Family Friendly
    • Pets allowed
    • Credit card
    • Hairdryer
    • Highchair
    • Crib
    • Parking
    • Vegetarians meals
    • Reading room
    • Artisanal products for sale
    • Restaurant
    • Vegan Meals
    • Natural pool
    • Ebike Charging Station
    • Smoke-Free
    • Covid-19 Safety measures

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