Located in the city of Covilhã, UBI is right in the centre of the triangle Lisbon-Oporto-Madrid. The city is in a mountainous region of extraordinary beauty and historical wealth.
Situated on the southern slopes of Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain of mainland Portugal, the only place in the country with a ski resort, Covilhã has in its steep streets a distinctive feature. The staircases linking the various levels of the city are now accompanied by a modern system of lifts and funiculars of free use.
Known as the "Portuguese Manchester", the city, where several companies, museums and schools are currently installed, has a vast and rich industrial heritage. The university itself has restored several of these buildings.