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10 of the most beautiful villages and cities of the Center of Portugal

The center of Portugal is a place with an extraordinary diversity, where we can come across traditional villages, wild beaches, snow and an extraordinary and simply unmissable landscape. It is not by chance that, in recent years, two destinations have become the highest rise in the country.

In addition to all the landscape and cultural diversity, the center of Portugal can also find a rich architectural heritage, with villages full of magnificent monuments that dazzle us and teach us more about the history of the region.

All this richness and diversity make the region very appealing for spending holidays or even for a getaway. If you don’t know these plans of it, let’s leave you some suggestions of towns and cities in the center of Portugal that you can’t miss.

1. Coimbra

Coimbra

when we talk about Coimbra, we speak of fado, students, historical districts and tradition. The city was the capital of Portugal in 1255, leaving deep roots in our history. You cannot fail to visit the University of Coimbra and discover the Botanical Garden, which has about 3.5 hectares of pure nature waiting for you.

2. Take

military tourism in portugal
Convent of Christ

It is known as the “City of the Templários”, due to its history being linked to this Order in our country. Here you will find unique monuments, such as the Castelo dos Templários, a 12th century military building that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, I cannot fail to see the Convent of Christ, a true amalgamation of different architectural styles.

3. Obidos

Óbidos
Óbidos

Óbidos is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Portugal, and walking through its narrow and colorful streets is going back to the past, because everything here continues the same as it was.

Therefore, if you want to discover Óbidos, the best way to do it is walking along its streets and discovering each beco or ruela, always rich in detail and color. Don’t miss trying your famous gingerbread!

4. Dornes

Dornes
Dornes

This beautiful village is located on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of Zêzere, and it is one of the two best-preserved places in Portugal, where we find culture and religious traditions that still today part of the day-to-day of those who live here.

We also cannot fail to refer to the landscape, since the village is shaped by a unique landscape complex, between the river and the mountains. Dornes is still full of details linked to the presence of the Templários, who here built one of their most important bases.

5. Tranquil

quiet
quiet

At the time, it was an important part of the defense line against Spain, and that importance can still be appreciated today in all its splendor. You cannot miss visiting the medieval castle and its respective murals, the Igreja da Misericórdia, projected during the reign of D. Manuel I, or the Ducal Palace and the Fonte Nova, or its largest vestige of the Philippine occupation.

6. Almeida

Almeida Fortress
Almeida Fortress

to vila de Almeida, located near the border of Spain, is inserted in the list of Historical Villages of Portugal, and is completely surrounded by muralhas in the shape of a star, to its great attraction. Walking through its streets, you will be able to be dazzled by the embellished houses, the traditional lojas, the flowers in the janelas and the fascinating churches and museums.

7. Covilha

Covilhã
Covilhã

When talking about the center of Portugal, we cannot fail to mention Serra da Estrela and, of course, Covilhã, two best places to start discovering the Serra. Here you will find nine routes to get to know the city more deeply, such as the routes of the Jews and of the lã. You can also visit the church of Santa Maria and marvel at its blue and white tiles.

8. I will be born

nazaré
nazaré

This enchanting fishing city is rich in maritime traditions, from the boats with their original structure to the tradition of placing sardinhas and cavalas to dry in the sun, passing through seven girls’ evenings. Around here there is no lack of beautiful beaches, churches and giant waves, which make it clear that our country entered the Guinness with the largest surfed wave in the world.

9.Ericeira

Ericeira
Ericeira

This village by the sea is about 30 kilometers from Lisbon and since 2011 it has been the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe, having been the second in the world. But, even if he is not a fan of surfing, there is much more to discover in Ericeira, between traditions, heritage, history and gastronomy of this most beautiful land of fishermen.

10. Leiria

leiria
leiria

This city is located in the center of our country, and has a rich and vast heritage. Try to see the castle, the Igreja de São Pedro (12th century), the streets of the historic center and the Crime Route of Padre Amaro, based on the book of Eça de Queiroz. I also can’t stop walking on the banks of the beautiful Lis River.

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