The permanent contact with nature, along with the rich national history as well as the succulent gastronomy and crafts, these are just some of the exciting starting points for exploring the Historic Villages of Portugal.
Let yourself go on this trip through the medieval streets and villages, by scenarios that represent a return to the past, but also where modernity has not been forgotten.
Enjoy the beauty of mountain landscapes where one breathes tranquility and well-being.
Take the opportunity to enjoy the excellent local cuisine and confirm the high quality of agricultural products, that each region produces. As if this were not enough, the friendliness and hospitality of the local people awaits for you.
Day 1: Arrival at Lisbon airport. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Since there is a lot to enjoy in the city of Fado, musical genre which was recently considered as World Heritage, we suggest a nice dinner in one of the city’s house of Fados and fall in love with one the many city’s charms.
Day 2: Explore the city of Lisbon and its many charms. Rich in history, monuments and many museums, we suggest to start on the waterfront of the Tago river where the age of discoveries started. Known for inspiring many artists and poets, let yourself be immersed by all of its beauty and experience one of the many PhotoTours or, if you prefer privacy you may take a private tour to many of the city’s emblematic places.
Day 3: The day starts with a trip that will take you to the Beiras region, to reach the village of Belmonte. From there, make your discovery of the region. Take the day to discover Belmonte and its beauty. It is known for being the birthplace of the navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral. The Roman presence is clearly visible on the tower Centum Cellas.
Day 4: Your destination will be Linhares da Beira, Trancoso and Marialva. In Linhares da Beira, its castle dominates the landscape along with the valley of the Mondego river. It is known for being the capital of extreme sport paragliding. In Trancoso, stroll through the interior of the medieval wall and visit the churches of St Peter and St Mary. Delight yourself with the honey produced in the region, and the local cheese. After that, go to the village of Marialva, known to be a military square in Middle Age and obligatory passage point for many pilgrims. Be sure to visit the castle and several historic monuments. To gain energy, you must taste the roasted lamb or roast cod on hot coals. The regional sweets are rich, and it is almost impossible resist the rabanadas or cavacas.
Day 5: A day of discovery awaits you, that will take you to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, passing by Almeida and Castelo Mendo. The story goes that Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo became part of the Portuguese crown in the reign of King Dinis (XIII century). Is on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, which led to the construction of the church of Our Lady of Rocamador. Near the Spanish border, Almeida breathes history and tradition and the list of places to visit is quite varied, but you can not miss the ramparts of Fort Square and underground galleries where people used to hide in case of danger. The day ends in Castelo Mendo and finally another night of rest in the village of Belmonte.
Day 6: The next day, departs to Castelo Novo, with stops in Sortelha and Monsanto. In Sortelha, which still retains the atmosphere of medieval streets, protected by the walls of the imposing castle of the thirteenth century. Then a visit to the most Portuguese village in Portugal. It is a location where the geographical features combined with human intervention, led to interesting uses of small caves and rock formations, which were converted into houses. The craftsmanship is rich and discover the legend of the marafonas, dolls that are associated with the fertility cult. The cuisine is also a point that can not miss, where the most popular food is the asparagus with eggs or lagarada cod. The day ends in Castelo Novo, which is situated on the eastern part of Sierra Gardunha.
Dia 7: The day will be dedicated to discover something precious. The Village of Piodão, with its houses made of schist stone and slate roofs. It is a truly magical place and that will remain in your memory, due to the simplicity and friendliness of the local people. From the land, grows some typical products of local cuisine, which features the chanfana or roasted lamb. Finally, returning to Lisbon, where this adventure by Historic Villages of Portugal ends.
Day 8: Check out from hotel and departure to Lisbon airport.
Nights in: Lisbon | Belmonte
|LOW (November to May)||550€||790€||890€|
|MEDIUM (June and October)||690€||990€||1.090€|
|HIGH (July to September)||990€||1.290€||1.590€|
*Guaranteed departures for minimum groups of 2 people.
**Double Occupancy, Land Package. For Single supplement, please ask for a quote.
STANDARD: 3* Hotel
CONFORT: 4* Hotel
QUALITY: 5* Hotel
STANDARD: Sipp: MCMR / Grupo MINI: Peugeot 107 A/c or similar
CONFORT: Sipp: EDMR / Grupo P: Peugeot 207 Diesel A/c or similar
QUALITY: Sipp: CDMR / Grupo E1: Peugeot 307 Diesel or similar
Includes: Unlimited Mileage, Travel Assistance 24 hours, Insurance Collision (CDW), Theft (TP), subject to Deductible, Road Tax and VAT.
Notes: Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Portuguese Holidays and Easter travel dates. Specials and/or lower rates may apply for November to May travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule.
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