Distrito da Guarda Travel Guide

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Barca d'Alva

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3,8,0

Sortelha

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45,53,0

Guarda

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22,34,7

Seia

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7,20,7

Manteigas

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6,10,4

Castelo Rodrigo

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4,14,0

Trancoso

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7,31,0

Almeida

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4,25,3

Gouveia

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3,2,0

Vilar Formoso

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2,3,0

Sabugal

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7,20,0

Vila Nova de Fozcoa

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5,12,0

Seixo Amarelo

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0,7,0

Loriga

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0,3,0

Linhares

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7,52,0

Celorico da Beira

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2,3,1

Barca d'Alva

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  • Relax by the River

    Barca d'Alva Things to Do

    Barca d'Alva is a tiny hamlet on the banks of the Douro River in Portugal, not far from the Spanish border. In the peaceful morning hours, I was able to catch this spectacular shot of the river and the bridge reflecting on the calm waters. There is a helpful tourist office right down at the river bank and some souvenir kiosks as well, and the town...

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  • Douro slopes

    Barca d'Alva Off The Beaten Path

    Not so promoted as the landscape a few kilometers down the river, the Douro river from Barca d'Alva to (at least) Freixo de Espada à Cinta still shows its beauty, alternating cultivated margins with wild landscape, where a wild fauna may be seen.

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  • Railway trekking

    Barca d'Alva Off The Beaten Path

    Everything here, stepping out of the river, is unbeaten path. But some active people are starting to use the abandoned railroad to a walk, in a wild and precious landscape.Starting in Spanish Fregeneda (483 m high, against the 150 m high of Barca d'Alva) 17 km of extension, with a succession of 6 tunnels and bridges, provide a difficult ride, but...

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Sortelha

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  • Rural People

    Sortelha Local Customs

    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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  • The Castle

    Sortelha Things to Do

    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

    Sortelha Things to Do

    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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Guarda

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  • Buildings with Tiled Sides

    Guarda Favorites

    Another thing that I particularly noticed during my walks around Guarda was the fact that many of the buildings forewent the banal white plaster siding and opted for more colorful and ornate tiling.Many buildings along the main streets can be seen with various colors, patters and styles. When the sun trickles through, they can give a bit of a...

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  • Hotel Lusitania Parque

    Guarda Hotels

    Urbanizacao Quinta das Covas, Lote 34, Guarda, 6300-389, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Chafariz da Vela

    Guarda Things to Do

    Again, not speaking Portuguese, I believe this translates to the "Fountain of the Candle". But I was also confused because when I looked at 'vela' in the dictionary later, it also came with candle and sailing. I can't say much else about the city's fountain, which is in an open air green park area. Someone did tell me that it was brought to Guarda...

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Seia

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  • Museu do pão

    Seia Things to Do

    In the slopes of the mountain a modern investment was used to show the techniques and artifacts traditionally used in bread production. In the wide area bread is the king but not the exclusive attraction, in a complex that doesn't disguise its commercial purpose, topped by a good restaurant

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  • Eurosol Seia Camelo

    Seia Hotels

    I stayed there several times, reason enough to say that Camelo was "our" hotel in Seia. It now...

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  • Good place

    Seia Restaurants

    This restaurant was "the official" reason of our recent trip to "Serra da Estrela". To be fair I must confess that it was not reason enough to drive more than 500 Km in a country where you may eat well almost everywhere, but, together with the snow and the visit of Piódão in the way, it was a good pretext to move ten people in a holiday.Well, the...

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Manteigas

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Castelo Rodrigo

  • Buy local!

    Castelo Rodrigo Shopping

    There are two shops located not far from the Castelo at the top of the village, on Rua do Relógio. The crafts shop- Alma da Terra- features art work, jewelry, linens, all handmade by local (to Castelo Rodrigo and the immediate area) artisans. I bought a crocheted necklace that was made by the woman tending the store that day- it's beautiful, one of...

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  • Visit the castelo

    Castelo Rodrigo Things to Do

    The Castelo (castle) gives Castelo Rodrigo its name. This ruined castle is wonderful to ramble around. It dates from the 15th century. The castle was destroyed when the local royal supported King Phillip of Spain-- the locals attacked and burned it down and generally ransacked it. Because Castelo Rodrigo was abandoned, more or less, and a new town...

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  • Christ staring at the sky

    Castelo Rodrigo Things to Do

    The church of Castelo Rodrigo is one of the unique places where you can find this image of Christ staring up instead of the typical look to the ground.

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Trancoso

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  • São Pedro Church and Pelourinho

    Trancoso Things to Do

    One of the churches of the city centre with the beautiful pelourinho, the place where justice used to be done and criminals hanged in front.Inside the church is the tomb of Bandarra a shoe maker who had in the XVI century profect visions. He was on trial and forced to never more speak of his visions and returned to Trancoso where he eventually...

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  • Nice shop

    Trancoso Shopping

    O Magriço is a small shop/coffee shop in Trancoso. It has some local products from jams and wines. It was here I tasted the local sweet Trancoso sardines. an egg sweet covered in chocolate a pretty sweet thing.

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  • Sardinhas Doces (sweet sardines)

    Trancoso Local Customs

    Yes Sardinhas Doces (sweet sardines). And we thought that it was only sardines on a skewer cooked over an open fire in Portugal....were WE in for a surprise. Here in Trancoso the sweet sardine is a local delicacy and we of course had to try it because it said SWEET.I would recommend that everyone try this, yes at least once. ^O^

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Almeida

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Gouveia

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  • Museu Municipal Abel Manta

    Gouveia Things to Do

    This museum which opened in 1985 is dedicated to the works of Abel Manta, a renowned 20th century Portuguese painter, who was born in Gouveia in 1888. Aside from his realist paintings, it also shows some caricature in which he dabbled most of which had a political twist (satire, is you will, as this was during the period of the Salazar...

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  • Excellent goat meat stew!

    Gouveia Restaurants

    This is no frills place, with the owner himself serving the customers, in a place with just about less than 10 tables. It is more a place for locals for drinks and to spend an afternoon together watching football on TV. The goat stew, however, is worth visiting this place for! The servings, though, are rather small, and much more expensive than...

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  • Ecological Park of Gouveia

    Gouveia Things to Do

    The Parque Ecologico of Gouveia is an area of 6 hectares, located just about 5 minutes from the center of the city of Gouveia in a place called Quinta da Borrachota, where the visitor can enjoy nature by familiarizing oneself with the regional flora and interact with some wildlife kept there representing those that can still be found in the Serra...

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Vilar Formoso

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  • Straddle the Border

    Vilar Formoso Things to Do

    All along our drive into Vilar Formoso, we paralleled the border on the Portuguese side. At some times, we were so close you could see stone markers off in the grass giving the demarcation of the border.However, closer to town, these stones may sometimes have been grown over, or even removed due to the expanding network of roads and buildings....

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  • Old Steam Trains

    Vilar Formoso Things to Do

    Originally built in Germany, on display in Vilar Formoso is the last of the steam engines that worked this line. The display is an open-air display, with an information sign in Portuguease.If you are a train nut, you may enjoy looking at this old 4-8-0 steamer built by Henschel & Sohn at the turn of the century.

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Sabugal

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  • Good Local food

    Sabugal Restaurants

    It was the day of the medieval fair and most of the restaurants in town were closed for lunch. A local pointed out to this place. It is a restaurant inside a residencial in a basement with windows to the river. The place is somewhat dark and decoration in tones of red. The place was crowded in that day and service was somewhat sluggish but I...

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  • Rapoula do Côa River Beach

    Sabugal Things to Do

    A very nice beach in the interior of the country with real sand, an old mill transformed into a bar and a quite green environment.

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  • Sabugal Castle

    Sabugal Things to Do

    Imposing and with an odd shape of the main tower it is a beautiful and well kept castle whose origin dates back, at least, to the XII century.

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Vila Nova de Fozcoa

  • Prehistoric Rock-Art Site of the Côa...

    Vila Nova de Fozcoa Things to Do

    It is one of the most extraordinary prehistorical art locations in the world, since it bring us to the true Paleolithic times. The huge set of engravings in rocks along the river, the biggest in Europe and likely the biggest in the world, set in a semi deserted area, create a beautiful natural setting undisturbed by progress. The engravings date...

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  • Archaeological Park

    Vila Nova de Fozcoa Things to Do

    A few years ago, people preparing the building of a new dam, discovered, in river Coa's slopes some strange carvings. Following studies confirmed the existence of a large collection of Paleolithic figures, some of them dated from about 20 000 years ago. The works were stopped, and the area was preserved, and declared by UNESCO as World...

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  • Almendra

    Vila Nova de Fozcoa Things to Do

    Small village with less than 500 inhabitants, located a few kilometers south of Foz Coa, it has to see the palace of the viscount of Almendra, and a Romanesque church.

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Linhares

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  • Linhares, capital of paragliding

    Linhares Sports & Outdoors

    Every year in July and August, with its vast open spaces, good wind, and elevation, Linhares is the venue of an international competition on Paragliding. When we were in Linhares last week, we counted around 40 countries represented in the competition this year. In this historic village is also located the INATEL Paragliding School which was...

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  • find the Manueline pieces

    Linhares Things to Do

    Manueline style apparently is named after King Manuel 1495-1521, and characterised by a use of elaborate ornamentation such as doors, windows, arcades encrusted with elaborate stonework.Recommended sites with Manueline decoration include the Jeronimos monastery at Belem, the Convento do Cristo at Tomar, the great abbey at Batalha, the church at...

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  • view the view from the top of the...

    Linhares Things to Do

    Excellent panoramic views from the castle tower over the keep, village and areas out further.You can take the stairs for a small fee to the tower top but theres a small man hole you have to climb up through and out to get onto the roof!!

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