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  • A Historic Circuit!


    17 January 2020

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    There are 12 Historical Villages in Portugal.


    Together, they build a very special circuit, characterized by a peerless cultural and natural richness in Portugal!


    Find out more about them below.

    The Historical Village of Almeida is located in the municipality of Almeida, Guarda district.


    Once the scene of several battles, the result of his strategic geographical positioning, Almeida eventually became the most important fortification of the land of Riba-Côa.

    Be sure to visit Praça-Forte, one of the most monumental squares in all of Portugal, and the Fortress of Almeida, 12-pointed star-shaped, a fantastic European defensive specimen!

    The Historical Village of Belmonte is located in the municipality of Belmonte, Castelo Branco district.


    It was birthplace of Pedro Álvares de Cabral, navigator renamed for his deeds in the Portuguese Discoveries, and point of isolation of a group of Jews who refused to leave Portugal in times of religious intolerance.

    Stop at the Museum of Discoveries for a time trip to maritime discovery!

    The Historical Village of Castelo Mendo is located in the municipality of Almeida, Guarda district.


    Visiting Castelo Mendo is exploring an outdoor museum. The village retains its charm, which is reflected in its people, its architecture and its heritage. A beautiful and welcoming medieval village.

    Explore the legend and romance of “Mendo” and “Menda”. Can you find these two decorative elements?

    The Historical Village of Castelo Novo is an integral part of the municipality of Fundão, Castelo Branco district.


    The origin of Castelo Novo dates back to the early days of our nationality. Serving as a gateway to the Serra da Gardunha, the village appears harmonious and is accompanied by more than 800 years of stories and secrets.

    It is worth mentioning its Castle, exemplary of military architecture, and its Bell Tower, at the top of the wall.

    The Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo is located in the municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, district of Guarda.


    The village has witnessed several centuries of history and, due to its location, the development of numerous territorial disputes. Nonetheless, a sense of tranquility and quiet overcome us as we cross its walls.

    The image of Santiago Mata-Mouros in the Church of Our Lady of Rocamador deserves your attention!

    The Historical Village of Idanha-a-Velha belongs to the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, Castelo Branco district.


    Idanha-a-Velha stands beautiful and picturesque in a place where once there was a city of Roman foundation. Throughout the centuries, the village has seen its spaces reformulated by the numerous peoples who settled there.

    Admire the Renaissance Mother Church, the 17th-century Pillory and the ruins of the Templar Tower.

    The Historical Village of Linhares da Beira is located in the municipality of Celorico da Beira, in Guarda.


    Located on the northwest slope of Serra da Estrela, this village received its first charter in 1169, by D. Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal. The stones of its streets are proof of a rich and important past.

    Visiting the Castle, an ex-libris of the locality, is mandatory. Enjoy the magnificent scenery!

    The Historical Village of Marialva belongs to the municipality of Mêda, district of Guarda.


    Marialva leads us to the deepest roots in the history of Portugal. Consisting of three nuclei, the Citadel, the Arrabalde and the Devesa, it was once the county seat and played a major role in defending the borders.

    Immerse yourself in the village life, whose people remember a unique historical past.

    The Historical Village of Monsanto is located in the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, district of Castelo Branco.


    Monsanto is considered the Most Portuguese Village of Portugal since 1938. Its history is preserved to this day and is reflected in the essence that one experiences when crossing its streets and exploring its traditions.

    The first weekend of May is marked by the Divine Holy Cross Feast, which you won’t want to miss!

    The Historical Village of Piodão is part of the municipality of Arganil, district of Coimbra.


    Nicknamed “Nativity Village”, Piodão stands on the terraces of the Serra de Açor and consists of houses of schist and slate, with windows painted in blue. Visiting Piodão is entering a picturesque world with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, different from any other.
    Take some time to taste the chestnut liqueur or the honey brandy!

    The Historical Village of Sortelha is located in Sabugal, Guarda district.


    Sortelha maintains its perfectly preserved medieval legacy. Implanted near the Serra da Opa, it had an important role as a border bulwark, allowing to monitor the entire national territory.
    Its Castle has been a National Monument since 1910. We advise you to visit it!

    The Historical Village of Trancoso is part of the municipality of Trancoso, in the district of Guarda.


    Trancoso was one of the main villages of medieval Portugal. Although being a city in present time, it is part of the of the Historical Villages by virtue of its history and heritage.
    The Portas d’El Rei, on the historic walls, once the entry point of knights, kings and queens, are the image of Trancoso!

    Built in granite and schist, the Historical Villages explore stories of conquests and ancient traditions dating back to the consolidation of the kingdom of Portugal.


    This is a must do circuit and Go Travel Everywhere takes you there.

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