Cities in Central Portugal
Choose the cities in central Portugal to book your hotels
Coimbra was the medieval capital of Portugal for more than a hundred years, and is the seat of the largest university in the country during the last five centuries. Its city has a great importance Portugal due to its magnificent history.
In Coimbra, D. Afonso Henriques and D. Sancho I, the first kings of Portugal, are buried, and throughout the city there are marks left by the nation’s builders, either in the dependencies of the University, created by D. Dinis, or in the monuments of almost obligatory visit.
The city of Aveiro more known as the “Portuguese Venice” crossed by several canals considered also one of the most enchanting of the country, thanks to its colorful moliceiros (typical boats), the buildings in pastel shades of Art and its quiet urban atmosphere , an ideal setting for your holidays.
Aveiro is a city of great contrasts since here rural traditions intersect with modernity, development, science and technology with culture, identity and heritage.
Located in Serra da Estrela, Covilha is a very original example of a “mountain town”, rare in Portuguese urbanism, with the expression of a vast industrial tradition based on modern and contemporary times.
Its textile mills of the 19th century XVIII (18) gave way to sublime apartments from the 18th century. XX (20). Still, it preserves its historic center of modest elegance and combines it with the University of Beira Interior, which gives it an atmosphere of urban modernity.
Fatima is a city in central Portugal that houses the Sanctuary of Fatima, a place of Catholic pilgrimage.
The city tells what is necessary for the pilgrims, which results in a space like few in the world, and that when visiting can enrich with the religious culture of our country. The Sanctuary of Fátima is the largest Catholic shrine in Portugal and one of the most revered in the whole world.
Figueira da Foz Figueira da Foz, located in Mondego, is a nice town in the Beira Coast that has become one of the most popular beach resorts in Portugal.
This fame develops from the nineteenth century (19), when bourgeois families came to take therapeutic “baths”. Its extensive beach of fine sand, much visited during the summer by Portuguese and foreigners. In addition, the area is sought by the surfers who visit it, especially the locality of Buarcos.
Guarda, known as the highest altitude city in Portugal, played an important role as a fortress due to its proximity to the border.
Guarda, known for its important role during the Middle Ages, has kept many of its colossal castles that once fortified the country. These castles can be visited in towns such as Figueira do Castelo, Pinhel and Almeida. Do not miss also the Sabugal Castle and the Sortelha Castle, maximum symbols of military inspiration that characterize these monumental structures.
The city of Leiria has impossible points to lose to visit, one of these cases is the towering Castle. Streets full of history and its incredible past just like your city.
If you visit the city of Leiria without doubt you can not miss a visit to Sé Cathedral of Leiria, from the 16th century (16), then discovering its historical center. Another monument not to be missed is Sineira Tower. And surely you can not fail is a visit to the castle of Leiria of the iconic monuments of the city of Leiria.
Nazaré known worldwide for its magnificent waves and many surfers known enough to surf surfing. But Nazaré is not only its beach, but its monuments as Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazareth and the Chapel of Our Lady of Nazareth (or Hermitage of Memory).
It is worth a visit through the streets of the city and admire its beautiful mansions covered with tiles, the clothes hanging on the clotheslines, the
ladies wearing typical costumes (“women of Nazareth”) with their 7 skirts.
Obidos is a small Portuguese village in the district of Leiria, located in the province of Extremadura integrating the Western Intermunicipal Community in the region of the Center. Its castle, the sweet and artistic chocolates, the endless pages of its books, the flowered balconies, the sidewalk, the castle walls and the architecture of the ground-floor houses have been an inspiration for artists and couples of lovers who arrive at the medieval village of Óbidos with an open heart.
In the Obidos Lagoon, the ocean approach is next to Foz do Arelho (near the center of Caldas da Rainha) and invites nautical activities such as sailing, stand up paddle, windsurfing and kitesurfing, canoeing. Some motor boats also ride on the Lagoon.
In the center of Portugal, surrounded by mountains and the rivers Vouga and Dão, stands the city of Viseu, the birthplace of Vasco Fernandes, and an important landmark of religious art and religious architecture, as evidenced by the countless churches.
Last but not least we have the city of Viseu that has some points like almost mandatory visit such as Sé de Viseu, Museum of Grão Vasco, House Museum Almeida Moreira, House of Ribeira, Park Aquilino Ribeiro.