Do you want to visit the World Heritage in Central Portugal? From Tomar to Batalha, get ready to discover unique, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Central Region or Central Portugal is a region located in central Portugal and its capital is the city of Coimbra. In addition, it’s the third most populous region in the country and the second largest, encompassing the Castelo Branco, Coimbra, and Leiria districts, and part of the Aveiro, Guarda, Santarém, and Viseu districts!
The National Coach Museum is one of the most unique and fascinating museums in all of Europe. This is because its collection has some of the most beautiful and important coaches, berlins, carriages, and other types of vehicles in the History of Portugal! Located a few meters from the Tagus River and the National Palace of Belém (the official residence of the President of the Republic), the National Coach Museum is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in this tourist area of Lisbon!
The town of Castelo Rodrigo belongs to the municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, in the Guarda district. Besides, it’s one of the 12 Historical Villages of Portugal (a program created to enhance villages in the Beira Interior region, older than the country itself). In the Middle Ages, Castelo Rodrigo integrated the border defense line and had a wall supported by 13 turrets! Nowadays, only a few of those defensive structures remain, but the ruins are true panoramic viewpoints!
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda is located in Arcos de Valdevez, in the heart of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it was built in the 18th and 19th centuries, inspired by the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, in Braga. If you’re thinking of visiting Portugal’s only national park in the near future, I think you should add the Sanctuary of Peneda to your travel itinerary. After all, its bucolic location in the middle of the mountains makes it a unique sanctuary!
Castelo Novo is located in Fundão, in the Castelo Branco district, and is part of the 12 Historical Villages of Portugal (a program created to restore and enhance villages older than the country itself). Well, the town may be called Castelo Novo (ie “New Castle”), but it has nothing new: after all, we’re talking about more than 800 years of history! With Templar origins, Castelo Novo developed markedly medieval architecture, but you can find buildings from the Manueline and Baroque periods!
Arcos de Valdevez is a quiet town in the Alto Minho region and one of the best destinations for a weekend getaway in Portugal! Just 70 minutes from Porto, the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez has a large part of its territory included in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the best natural attraction in Portugal! And of course, if you’re a cultural travel lover like me, get ready to explore picturesque villages, museums of all kinds, and dozens of historic buildings and monuments!
Óbidos is a very picturesque town, where you can walk along the centuries-old walls, discover where a long 16th-century aqueduct ends, and even climb a medieval castle, which was elected one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal” in 2007! Óbidos is an excellent option for a day trip from Lisbon and, if you can’t decide when to visit this Portuguese town, don’t worry. There are several festivals and fairs throughout the year, which can also your trip much more special!
Very close to the Spanish border, you’ll find the medieval village of Castelo Mendo, one of the “12 Historical Villages of Portugal” (a program created by the government to restore and enhance a series of villages in the Beira Interior region, older than the country itself). Castelo Mendo belongs to the Guarda district and is located 19 km from another historical village: Almeida. Besides, it’s also one of the smallest villages on this route, so you can visit it in a more relaxed way!
Despite being a town, Belmonte is considered one of the “12 Historical Villages of Portugal” (a program created to restore and enhance a series of villages in the Beira Interior region). Belmonte belongs to the Castelo Branco district and is located about 40 km from the Torre da Serra da Estrela (the highest point in mainland Portugal) and 20 km from another historical village: Sortelha. Besides, it’s famous because of its Jewish Community, which has remained secret for many centuries!
When the Jewish Museum of Belmonte opened in 2005, it became the first museum in Portugal entirely dedicated to the history of Judaism. Besides, its exhibition pays special attention to the Jewish community that settled in the town of Belmonte. So, if you ever visit this Historical Village in Portugal, it’s essential that you include the Jewish Museum of Belmonte in your itinerary. This space has a unique collection of pieces that encompasses centuries of Jewish history, culture, and traditions!