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5 well-kept secrets in Center of Portugal: Safe travels away from the crowds.

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The pandemic has changed our perception of life, as well as our perception of travel. Smaller destinations can set the trend for the next years ahead. In Center of Portugal, there are plenty of welcoming small towns. They have this unique flair of cosiness and human connection. It’s all about discovering these amazing places and their rich historical heritage, mouth-watering gastronomy, dazzling natural spots and big-hearted people. Great expectations!


In Center of Portugal, surrounded by mountains and rivers Vouga and Dão, stands the city of Viseu, birthplace of Vasco Fernandes, and milestone of sacred art and religious architecture, as evidenced by the numerous churches that adorn the historical center.

Castelo Branco

Easily reachable by highway or by train, only 2 hours away from Lisbon Airport, the inland city of Castelo Branco is an hidden gem of historical and cultural heritage. A place of magical gardens, genius masters of contemporary painting and colourful embroideries. At the heart of a flawless nature and endless inspiring landscapes. In the surroundings of Castelo Branco, don't miss the chance to explore the eye-catching Natural Park of Tejo Internacional or the unique Historical Villages of Idanha-a-Velha and Monsanto. A true time travel !


Portugal has a whole city that has risen according to an esoteric plan. It is the city of Tomar, designed by Gualdim Pais, the most famous master of the Order of the Temple. Founded in 1160, Tomar was conceived according to the archetype of an initiating mentality, as the Polis, the Acropolis and the Pantheon.

Caldas da Rainha

The foundation of Caldas da Rainha is deeply intertwined in the opening of the Thermal Hospital. It influenced the own identity of this city. Moreover, the name “Caldas da Rainha” means “Queen’s thermal springs”.


The enchanting Medieval village of Óbidos, encircled by walls, will amaze you with its endless beauty. This is why until 1883 Óbidos was exclusive property of the Queens of Portugal. A UNESCO Creative City, Óbidos is a paradise for book lovers from all over the globe. A literary town embellished by bougainvilleas, winding streets and colourful houses. Sweet like chocolate!

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