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Guarda is the capital city of the County to which it borrows its name. The entire region is marked by granite, by the contrasting mountain climate and by its pure, cold air that allows for the curing and manufacture of high-quality smoked meats and cheeses.
After the Roman Empire period, followed periods of occupation by the Visigoths, later by the kingdom of Asturias and also by the Islamic civilizations. Only after the Portuguese reconquest process was it confirmed the importance of the city and the region. The event that clearly marked the birth of the Portuguese Language happened here in Guarda, when a Galician troubadour wrote a song in Portuguese for his beloved lady, in 1189.
It is well connected to major Portuguese cities such as Porto and Aveiro by the A25 highway and to Lisbon by the A23 highway. The good geographical position and accessibilities make Guarda an excellent place for the storage and transport of goods from Portugal to the rest of Europe (and vice versa). In this sense, private entities together with the City Council created the Platform Business Initiative Logistics (PLIE), which is a cross-border platform that seeks to boost the regional economy and attract industrial flows and investments.
Located in western Lisbon, Belém is famous as a museum district, as it is home to many of Portugal’s notable monuments such as The Belém Tower, The Jeronimos Monastery and the Bélem Palace (which is the current official residence of the country’s president). Originally, Belém was the location of Lisbon's shipyards and docks, and from here departed the 15th century voyages that discovered sea routes to India, East Africa and Brazil. This rich heritage is still shown in Belém through extravagant buildings funded by the vast wealth that flowed into Portugal from the newly discovered colonies. For visitors, Belém is one of the finest areas of Lisbon, as it offers outstanding tourist attractions, informative museums and magnificent views.
Vilamoura is a luxury resort located in the western part of the Algarve. It’s known for its large marina, golf courses and casino, and for amazing sandy beaches. This privately owned resort was built in the 1980’s and has over the years become one of the finest resorts in Europe.
Considered the westernmost point of Europe, the Azores is an archipelago of 9 volcanic islands in the blue immensity of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is worldwide recognized for its scenery of natural beauty, blessed with stunning landscapes of lakes, green meadows, volcanos, geysers and hot thermal waters. It is also funnily known for having a massive herd of cows, being commonly said by locals that the Azores have more cows than people. The Azores is also characterized for its picturesque towns, full of colourful character and cobbled squares that bring the Renaissance and Discoveries period back in time. The world’s recognition of the immeasurable value of the Azores dates back decades ago. In 1983, UNESCO named the Historical Centre of Angra do Heroismo, in the island of Terceira, as World Heritage, and, in 2004, the Landscape of Pico Island Vineyard Culture, in the island of Pico. The first references to the island’s settlement date back to the 14th century. Under the command of Prince Henry, the Navigator, the Azores were discovered by the Portuguese, that claimed their rights over it. The active settlement only started later and was shared between the Portuguese and the Flemish over two centuries. It is even said that the particular Azorean accent has its roots in the French language. Fun Fact: the Azores is the only place in Europe that grows green tea!
The Marquês of Pombal Square is the heart of modern Lisbon and is known for its huge roundabout and a majestic statue in the middle. This area marks the start of Lisbon’s downtown. It is located between Avenida da Liberdade and the Eduardo VII Park in the parish of Coração de Jesus, being the radiating point for many important avenues: Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and Duque de Loulé. In the centre, you’ll see an imposing statue by the name of Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known as Marquês de Pombal, who lead the reconstruction of the city after it suffered a catastrophic earthquake in 1755. Marquês de Pombal is surrounded by a plethora of corporate headquarters of important companies, including the largest Portuguese banks and several of the world’s famous 5-star hotels.
Covilhã is one of the main urban centres of the historical Beira Interior region. Lying right next to Serra da Estrela, this "city mountain" offers magnificent scenery of natural beauty and it is a paradise for those fond of hiking, camping, mountain climbing and skiing. The city is known for its textile industry, which dates back centuries ago - wool production began among the Jewish community that settled there in the Middle Ages. The river streams, Carpinteira and Goldra, provide excellent conditions for the wool industry activities. Covilhã is the main wool production centre in the country, which made the region earn the mane of "Portuguese Manchester". Along with its historical heritage, the city presents one of the broadest and most diversified urban art collections in the world, as well as first-class hotels, restaurants and sports facilities.
Guarda is the capital city of the County to which it borrows its name. The entire region is marked by granite, by the contrasting mountain climate and by its pure, cold air that allows for the curing and manufacture of high-quality smoked meats and cheeses. After the Roman Empire period, followed periods of occupation by the Visigoths, later by the kingdom of Asturias and also by the Islamic civilizations. Only after the Portuguese reconquest process was it confirmed the importance of the city and the region. The event that clearly marked the birth of the Portuguese Language happened here in Guarda, when a Galician troubadour wrote a song in Portuguese for his beloved lady, in 1189. It is well connected to major Portuguese cities such as Porto and Aveiro by the A25 highway and to Lisbon by the A23 highway. The good geographical position and accessibilities make Guarda an excellent place for the storage and transport of goods from Portugal to the rest of Europe (and vice versa). In this sense, private entities together with the City Council created the Platform Business Initiative Logistics (PLIE), which is a cross-border platform that seeks to boost the regional economy and attract industrial flows and investments.
The Lisbon South Bay area comprises three districts: Almada, Seixal and Barreiro. These three are known for their close historic connection to the Tagus River. From the ancient industries in Barreiro that fed the naval expeditions to África and Índia in the 16th century, to the amazing long sandy beaches of Caparica, Lisbon South Bay welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists in summertime and surfers all through the year. Seixal, the district between Almada and Barreiro, was where Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, built his expedition ships with the help of his brother and father. The Tagus river’s presence greatly affects the region’s economy and the professions that the locals choose. In this sense, this region saw a surge of professions like fishermen, sailors, millers, caulkers, ax carpenters, which, for years, constituted the main way of life of the populations.
Intendente is a lively, fashionable neighbourhood that has been evolving significantly in the past years. Despite its central location, the neighbourhood has languished for years, with many of its old buildings falling into ruins. However, the area has seen huge improvements, and property prices, as well as the ethnic neighbourhoods, have been the reasons why many people are looking to buy property in Intendente. Located within the Arroios parish which was crowned as the trendiest neighbourhood in the world by Timeout, Intendente gets its name from Praça do Intendente, a funny-shaped square just a street away from Avenida Almirante Reis. This area is seen as a faithful portrait of Nova Lisboa, where cultures and trends blend in.Intendente is ideal for students and young professionals, thanks to the abundance of co-working spaces, cafés, and brunch locations. The region is laid-back while also having a vibrant nightlife, which many consider being the best of both worlds. There are also a number of interesting projects coming into life here, which will enable companies galore to further develop their small businesses.
Guarda enjoys a strong cultural identity, modelled by natural beauty and a multi-century History. This manifests itself in grandiose landscapes, in villages and in buildings of great character. Discover the banks of its rivers, stroll through the pleasant valleys, venture out on ancestral trails that will take you to the top of the surrounding mountains and let yourself be guided through old villages, where the heirs of the shepherds and farmers of yore preserve the most venerable traditions of the people of Beira Alta.
The construction of the current Cathedral started in 1390, but, given the scale of the project, the works dragged on and the building was only completed in the middle of the Manueline context (early 16th century). The constructive and aesthetic qualities of the Cathedral make this one of the greatest monuments in the history of Portuguese architecture.
Walking around in Guarda’s downtown you’ll find several historical buildings to visit and discover the richness of this city’s history and cultural ancestry.
The Jewish presence in Guarda has been documented since the 13th century and would be one of the most important in this interior region of Portugal. It was located in very crowded streets at the time, which allowed and facilitated the development of the commercial activity of the members of this community. One of the most important references was the Synagogue, installed in a dwelling outside the monarch. There, some of the most important activities of the community were taking place, the synagogue being the setting for religious practices, but where activities of an educational or even judicial nature could also take place.
The construction of the Keep goes back to the 13th century and was part of a military and a residential structure called Alcáçova, which was a fortified palace where the main mayor and his family lived and which at the same time it served as a barracks for the respective military garrison. From the primitive castle remains the keep, with an irregular pentagonal plan. Located at an altitude of 1056 meters, it offers a stunning view of the city and the entire surrounding region. It is possible to visit the keep, but you have to book in advance, by contacting the City Council’s tourism department.
The handicrafts in the municipality of Guarda are very rich. Some shops in the city, and others around the county, allow you to find typical products from the region, made in a customary way, with the same techniques and with the same traditions as for many generations. The tradition of masters, crafts and specialization in traditional production is evident in many pieces that, even today, can be observed and acquired. Knowledge from many centuries and many generations come to us in each of these products, made by those who still know.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
The city is very well served by roads, with the A25 and A23 highways that lead to Portugalâ€™s main cities in the North and the capital Lisbon. There is also the IP2 main road, with a highway profile, that connects to Guardaâ€™s neighbouring county capital, BraganÃ§a.Â
Guarda is also connected to other main cities in the interior region of Portugal, like Castelo Branco and Vilar Formoso, by two train lines. This train line is also under requalification works with the objective of allowing for a faster transport of goods from Portugal to the rest of Europe.
Beyond the local municipal market, where you can find the freshest local fruits and vegetables, you can also go shopping at IN Guarda Retail Park where youâ€™ll find from electronic appliances to sports clothes and home improvement stores.
Guarda doesnâ€™t have an aerial connection. The closest airport is located in BraganÃ§a, but itâ€™s only for internal flights. The International airports of Porto and Lisbon are easily accessible by bus or car.
Distance to the Lisbon airport: 313km (2h50 travelling by car, taking A23 and A1 highways)
Distance to the Porto airport: 210km (2 hours travelling by car, taking A25 and A1 highways)
Since its interior location, Guarda doesnâ€™t have sea beaches. However, there are River beaches to enjoy such as:
Praia Fluvial de Aldeia ViÃ§osa
Praia Fluvial do SabugueiroÂ
Praia Fluvial da Barragem de AlfaiatesÂ
Praia Fluvial de Valhelhas
The climate in the city of Guarda is temperate, with a Mediterranean influence, since in summer there is a short dry season. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of 19.7Â°C, and the coldest month is January, with an average of 4Â°C. It is considered one of the coldest cities in Portugal, experiencing snowfalls a few times a year. Temperatures below -10Â°C occur with some frequency.
Restaurants & Bars
In Portugalâ€™s interior regions, youâ€™ll always find rich meals, of meat and cod fish, always with a touch of local cheeses, olives and chorizos. For the best typical gastronomy experiences, you might want to look out for:
Restaurante Bola de Prata
Restaurante Solar da Beira
Restaurante D. Sancho