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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!

Viseu

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

Distinct architecture, a Templar castle, 15th century doors and churches, Baroque gardens and manor houses belonging to families with Historical roots. If you visit Castelo Branco, the capital of “Beira Baixa”, you will see all this in a place which combines tradition and novelty.

Tomar

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”.

Óbidos

The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the queens of Portugal.

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