Guarda district

Guarda district – Best 10 places

To see My favorites places in Guarda district:

 ** Very interesting:
       Serra da Estrela, Guarda, Sortelha, Trancoso, Vila Nova de Fozcoa

  * Interesting
       Almeida, SabugalSeia, Gouveia, Pinhel, Figueira Castelo Rodrigo, Castelo MendoBarca d’Alva   

With time:
       Avô, Cabeça, Fundão  

The northeast region of Portugal, composing the touristy area of “Montanhas (mountains)”, shows a fine scenery and unspoiled countryside and the only winter resort in the country.

Estrela mountain (Serra da Estrela)

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Estrela 2

There is always “another reason” to visit this mountain, but snow is its top attraction.

The only place in Portugal where snow is a little more than a quickly fading vestige, Serra da Estrela has our only skiing facilities (and now using also artificial snow). But even for those that don’t practice those sports, it’s a place frequently visited or to feel the intense cold that we are not used to, or to play in the snow. Sku is a neologism used to refer sliding in the snow on a plastic bag. And thousands of children (and adults) had days of fun practicing sku.


Guarda district
Guarda cathedral

Guarda is the highest city in Portugal, known for its captivating blend of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Its landmarks are the Cathedral and Misericordia Church, surrounded by picturesque streets and squares, and of course the proximity of Serra da Estrela.

Linhares da Beira

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Linhares da Beira

One of the classified Historic villages of Portugal, Linhares da Beira is a charming medieval village nestled in the mountains of Guarda district. With its well-preserved castle, cobblestone streets, and traditional stone houses, it offers a glimpse into the country’s past.


Pizzaria Pão Quente
Guarda district – Seia

At the edge of Serra da Estrela, Seia lives to and from the mountain.

It is a good place to stay, to eat, and to use as a base to the many programs in the highest mountain of Portugal.

Sometimes, snow descends to town, but is rare and quickly disappearing.

However, in winter, it is never too far…


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Trancoso 2

Trancoso is known for its well-preserved medieval walls and charming narrow streets, exuding a sense of old-world charm. The highlights of Trancoso are the central square, Praça de Camões, surrounded by colorful houses and featuring a 16th-century pillory and also a castle, churches, and a Jewish quarter. It was one of my last visits, but the hydrangeas forced me to return a few weeks later.


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Sortelha 3

Sortelha is a picturesque medieval village in Portugal, situated in the Guarda district. Enclosed within fortified walls, it retains its original medieval layout, with narrow stone streets, ancient houses, and a well-preserved castle.

It is classified as one of the Historic Villages of Portugal, and the most beautiful in my memories.

Vila Nova de Fozcoa

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Fozcoa 3

Vila Nova de Foz Côa is a small and traditional town located in the north of Guarda district, that, for long, bet on proximity to the port wine region, as the main tourist attraction. The preparatory work for the construction of a dam revealed prehistoric engravings, today considered a UNESCO World Heritage site.