Historical cities, mountains, nature reserves and unforgettable landscapes.
All within easy reach for visitors to central Portugal. Aveiro, Coimbra, Guarda, Viseu and Castelo Branco are just some of the main cities you can visit in central Portugal.
The region offers a wide variety of destinations, all very different. But each reveals different facets of the country’s potential.
It is in the central region that you will find the 24 Villages of the Schist. A network of traditional villages with houses made of shale, a stone that is abundant in this area of ??Portugal. In addition to the authenticity of the houses, the natural landscape is breathtaking. Some of these villages are part of Naturtejo Geopark, the first Geopark in Portugal to be recognized by UNESCO. The surprising village of Monsanto should definitely figure in the plans of any visitor, since it is considered the most Portuguese village of Portugal.
Also opt to see the geo 16 sites within the park, such as Portas do Rodão or The Archaeological Park of Penha Garcia, near Idanha-a-Nova.
Discover also Zêzere and let the river take you on a journey between mountains and forests. It is in the center of Portugal that you will find the highest point on the continent, the Serra da Estrela. The only ski resort in the country is located in this mountain and is part of the largest protected area of ??Portugal.
While in Serra da Estrela, do not forget to taste one of the icons of Portuguese food – Serra da Estrela cheese, a product with Protected Origin Denomination. In one of the mountains lies the city of Guarda, the highest city in mainland Portugal.