Central Portugal is a diverse part of the country with stunning interior landscape as well as beautiful coastal towns and villages offering a typically Portuguese experience.
Travelling towards inland you discover mountains and villages of granite and schist and a short ride to the coast takes you to the sea, fishing villages and cosmopolitan beaches famous for water sports and laid back summer holidays, and above all you get to see and enjoy centuries old heritage proudly displaying the history of the region in the towns and cities some of which are under UNESCO protection such as Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and Coimbra University.
There are also other unique features in central Portugal that are well worth discovering and can be the real essence of your travels as they are simply magnificent and exhilarating.
The historic villages and castles that defended the nation's borders are iconic and tells the story of the past present and the future in their own ways. The Schist Villages and the towns of whitewashed houses, like Óbidos, a treasure within walls or the cities such as Coimbra, the university city, Aveiro between the Ria and the sea,and Viseu, Guarda and Castelo Branco, in which the stone architecture retains traces of an immemorial past is a must n your discoveries in this beautiful part of the country. Tradition meets modern life, and history continues to be told by the splendour architecture in their own ways. All in all Central Portugal is an open history book waiting to be captured.
Serrada Estrela, the highest peak in mainland Portugal, is the star of the mountains, with its endless landscapes and glacial lagoons. But there are also the Lousã, Açor and Caramulo ranges, where you can discover nature by hiking or by bike. Here you can also try rock climbing, abseiling, rafting or canoeing, for example in the Naturtejo Geopark, a preserved area where several species of birds and animals live.
Gastronomy is also very important here in Central Portugal and they have flavours for every palate from cheese and sausages, bouillabaisses and roast suckling pig, honey and convent sweets not to mention the excellent wines from its regions. They are the product of the know-how of the people, who are genuinely welcoming in receiving their visitors with the best they have.