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10 most beautiful villages and cities in the Center of Portugal

The Center of Portugal is a whole country within our country, due to its extraordinary diversity, being able to provide us with traditional villages, wild beaches, snow, and an extraordinary and unforgettable landscape. This incredible diversity is, without doubt, two great reasons to visit this region. Also their villages and cities are reasons for a visit.

Apart from all the landscape and cultural diversity, the Center of Portugal is also rich in architectural heritage. Isto face how many of its cities or towns are full of grandiose monuments that dazzle us and teach us a little more about the history of this region.

Its enormous wealth has become a very popular name in a region to spend fairs or even for a getaway. E se são esses os seus planes, nothing like inspiring-se um little with our list. Discover some of the most beautiful villages and cities in the center of Portugal.

1. Coimbra

Coimbra

fall from Coimbra It’s fado talk, students, historical neighborhoods and tradition. This city was the capital of our country in 1255, having deep roots in our history. We cannot help but visit the University of Coimbra and walk through the Botanical Garden, which has about 13.5 hectares of pure nature to discover.

2. Take

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Convent of Christ

It is called “Cidade dos Templários”, being its history linked to this Order in our country. Here are unique monuments such as the Castelo dos Templários, a 12th-century military building that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I cannot help but know the Convent of Christ, a true amalgamation of various architectural styles, with emphasis on the Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque.

3. Obidos

Obidos
Obidos

Óbidos is among the most beautiful medieval villages in Portugal. Walking along its narrow and colorful streets is an authentic return to the past. It is not difficult to imagine how it would be or day-to-day that I have lived here for a few centuries because everything remains the same.

A better way to discover Obidos I will walk along its streets and discover each beco and wheel. Every turn of the corner is a real surprise. The flowers are present on all or sides, the garrisoned cores typical of the saloia region of life, the houses and the portals and janelas hide small details that are worth being contemplated with attention.

4. Dornes

Dornes
Dornes

The beautiful village of Dornes is located on a peninsula, surrounded by the waters of Zêzere, and it is one of the best preserved villages in Portugal, being full of culture and religious traditions that are still part of the day-to-day life of those who live here . It is enough to think of two more striking cases, or two Círios, with medieval origins and Roman cujas, trazem various curious to Dornes.

Of course, we could not stop referring to landscape, since the village is shaped by a unique landscape ensemble, between the river and the mountains, and that invites us to reflect on and spend our time in contemplation and relaxation, as everything here is moved at a different pace. An excellent place for families and groups of friends, you can also do boat trips or hikes, take baths in the river and do various water activities.

5. Trancoso

Trancoso
Trancoso

It was at times an important part of the line of defense against Spain, and this importance can still be appreciated in all its splendor. In the heart of Beira Alta, don’t miss out on visiting the medieval castle (and respective murals), the Igreja da Misericórdia (planned for the reign of D. Manuel I), or the Ducal Palace and Fonte Nova (or the main vestige of the Philippine occupation).

6. Almeida

Almeida Fortress
Almeida Fortress

There is no other povoação like Almeida in the entire Portuguese territory. Located very close to the border with Spain, this village, included in the list of Historic Villages of Portugal, is completely surrounded by star-shaped walls, which attests to the need to protect this region.

The murals are the same as their main attraction, but there is more to discover. The best way to face it is to walk along its streets and explore each corner or path. Be dazzled by the emblazoned houses, the flowers in the janelas, the traditional shops… and enter any church or museum to find because it is always worth it.

7. Covilha

Covilha
Covilha

Failing the Center of Portugal, we cannot fail to refer to Serra da Estrela and, of course, to Covilhã, one of the best places from where you can start to discover the Serra. Here you will find 9 routes to visit the city more deeply, like the owners of the judiarias and da lã. Also visit Igreja de Santa Maria and marvel at its blue and white tiles.

8. Nazaré

Nazaré
Nazaré

This fishing city is simply charming and rich in maritime traditions, from the boats with the original structure to the tradition of placing sardinhas and cavalas to dry in the sun, passing through seven saias das mulheres. Around here there is no lack of beautiful beaches, churches and, of course, giant waves, which fizeram with Portugal entering Guinness with the biggest wave surfed in the world.

9. Ericeira

Ericeira
Ericeira

About 30 kilometers from Lisbon, in the municipality of Mafra, you will find this town by the sea, which is, since 2011, the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe, and the second in the world. If you are not a fan of surfing, there is much more to discover in Ericeira, between traditions, heritage, history and gastronomy, in this beautiful land of fishermen.

10. Leiria

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would read

It is found in the center of Portugal, and it has a vast heritage. Try to know or cast it, at the Igreja de São Pedro (12th century), the streets of the historic center and Rota d’O Crime do Padre Amaro, with illustrations by Sílvia Patrício, with various works in memory of Eça de Queiroz. I also don’t want to walk along the banks of the Lis River.

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