Sortelha Travel Guide

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Sortelha Things to Do

  • The Castle

    Too "dead", for my taste (what a contrast with Obidos), the town, stands inside the castle, and this one needs no life to show its defensive solutions, with large walls, and narrow doors. After almost 800 years, it has changed position with people: It doesn't protect people anymore, but started being protected by them. It's fair!

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  • The town

    After visiting, one doubt I took from there: Is it almost abandoned as it seems, or the life that still stands, is carefully hidden to preserve the ancient look of the place? At least, I think that tourism would justify a little more of human evidence, but the place deserves a look!

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  • The castle.

    Surmounted by a castle built on a formidable crag at an altitude of 760 metres, Sortelha still retains its mediaeval appearance intact through the architecture of its rural granite houses.

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  • Passos da Via Sacra

    Well, the Passos da Via Sacra are little altars, Stations of the Cross to remember the Passion and Death of Jesus. They are located in several places of the village beautifully decorated with Baroque style. There are five in the entire village.

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  • The Church

    Walking through the beautiful narrow and cobbled streets I found the parish church . A lovely stone church probably built in 1573, date wrote on the door. It is Renaissance style and it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora das Neves .I didn't get inside because it was closed, maybe next time i will!

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  • The Castle

    What can I say about the Castle? Great, I love castles and walls, so I climbed until the Castle to explore it like I was in ancient times.It is situated at the highest point of the village and it was built by D. Sancho, probably in 1228 and renovated by D. Dinis and D. Fernando (all kings of Portugal).It is a Romanic and Gothic castle with Manuelin...

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  • The Walls

    As i said before i adore walls and hiking them. These ones are surrounding the entire village in a circular form. The construction of the walls was in the D.Sancho kingdom and they were restored by D. Manuel I and in the War of the Restauracao.I really enjoyed walking on the walls and of course taking lots of pics.

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  • Pelourinho

    Every old town has its Pillory I think and located in central areas almost ever in front of the City Hall or Municipal Council. This particular pelourinho or pillory is located at Praça Publica and it is from the XVI century. You can admire its Manueline style built in stone.I took this pic from the walls.

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  • Church

    As with other main attractions, the parish church is situated by the main square, opposite to the castle. It is a “discrete” church seen from the outside – almost, a plain granite building with reddish door, and a belfry. This church it’s called church of Nossa Senhora das Neves (something like Our Lady of the Snows) and was built in the 14th...

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Sortelha Restaurants

  • Have a sandwish with a view

    We wanted a quick lunch and all restaurants were a bit crowded, so we decided to go to this bar/cafe as they had snacks/sandwishes and there were only a few people there.The owner was extremely friendly and we had a nice "prego no pao" (steak sandwich), which was quite tasty.It was also the only place I saw that had a terrace, so the nice view was...

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  • Enjoy the Sortelha Gastronomy

    In Sortelha are very good places to eat.If you choose to dinner or lunch at this lovely village you can not loose some of the regional dishes, including the some medieval dishes in the D. Sancho restaurant where feijoada de Lebre (the rabbit with beanses) are a must eat.You can find near the village O Celta restaurant and appreciate javali (wild...

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Sortelha Nightlife

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    by ncfg Updated May 28, 2004

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    While i was walking around the village and admiring the beautiful houses and alleys i saw a beautiful and cozy bar.
    I didn't go inside but it looks great from the outside.

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Sortelha Transportation

  • Walking

    After seeing all my tips you can certainly agree with me that the best way to explore this little village is using your feats. Yes, but prepare yourself to the steps, streets with high inclination and the better of all hiking to the walls of the Castle and admire the astounding view from there.Enjoy as i did :-))))

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  • Walk around

    Once you arrive at Sortelha, park your car and walk. Although the cars are allowed inside the castle's walls, I wouldn't advice you to do it. Driving past main street and main square doesn't enable you with the "Sortelha feeling". The village is small and quite easy to explore on foot, so take advantage of that - I'm sure you won't regret.

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  • By car

    The best way to arrive in Sortelha it's by car. As this village is almost "lost" in the mountains, there is no handy public transportation available. When you arrive, parking your car is easy - the main parking site is by the main door. We parked our car on the opposite door, and finding a place was easy, but we visited off peak. So, if you're...

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Sortelha Shopping

  • Velharias

    Velharias means old things. You can find antiques things at this kind of shops, like old lamps, old agriculture artefacts, paintings, furniture and other things from the past.

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  • Souvenir shop

    In a cozy village like this sure you will find some crafts to buy.Take a look to my photo and choose some things made by hand, like things made from hood and with straw of wheat, tatter blankets and carpets of arraiolos.

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  • Souvenir shops

    If you are looking for some souvenir from lovely medieval Sortelha, there are a few souvenirs shops by the main entrance. They seem to sell some local arts craft, but I assume they may be a bit overpriced as there are few shops around, … Also, another option, is to buy some handmade small basket or small pot made in straw – read my local custom tip...

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Sortelha Local Customs

  • Rural People

    Opened to tourism, the few people that seems to keep on living in place is aged people, with the sympathy and simplicity of rural gents.That's maybe, the best in the fading Portuguese inland. There's no artificiality in those manners!

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  • Red Roofs

    Just take a look to my photo; isn’t it nice too seeing all the red roofs from the walls?Yes, the contrast between the stone and the red is so beautiful. In many regions of Portugal houses have red roofs and this ancient village as well.So I can say that this village is very photogenic, I think that in just a small period I took lots of pics.

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  • Old Lamps

    While i was walking through the narrows streets i was admiring some details and the old Lamps got my attention.All the rehabilitated houses have that kind of illumination to the street. So nice !

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Sortelha Warnings and Dangers

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    by micas_pt Updated May 8, 2004

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    Smokers beware!! Get yourself cigarettes before heading to Sortelha. My husband was not lucky enough to do this, and decided to buy a pack when we arrived in the village. Too bad for him, there wasn't a single place selling them, ... So he had to suffer until we left the village and was able to buy it somewhere else.

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Sortelha Tourist Traps

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    by micas_pt Written May 7, 2004

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    If you keep on the main streets, you will notice that most houses are extremely well kept, almost perfect - but if you take a closer look, you will easily notice that they are not inhabited, or owners are absent for long periods of time.

    But if you get off the main streets and wander around small streets, you will be able to notice that, although houses are not so well kept, they are inhabited and they are "alive" - this was in fact my favourite part of Sortelha, the not so well kept, but lively side of the village.

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Sortelha Sports & Outdoors

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    by ncfg Updated May 28, 2004

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    Just take a look at this photo! great mounts to hike.
    So if you enjoy hiking i think it is a good place for it.
    If you don't hike mountains you can opt by hiking the walls of the castle, just like i did LOL

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Sortelha Favorites

  • Little cemetery outside the walls

    I suppose is not a must see that cozy cemetery but i wonder why it is located out the walls, maybe there is an historical explanation to that fact.I think the deaths have a great amazing view from there :-))

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  • Location

    Sortelha is part of Beira Alta, in the borderline area of the Council of Sabugal.Located at 773 metres of altitude, over Serra de S. Cornélio mountain, it is set over granite land and is part of an area where the biggest drops of altitude (between 400 and 800 metres of altitude) and the hills with the biggest inclination, are registered.12 Km from...

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  • Tourist Office

    Not hard to find, there is a small house where the Tourist Office is set. (Well i think on this village nothing is hard to find, it is too small ;-)). You have to enter on that door and go up the stairs.You can see on my photo the main entrance to there.

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