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Castelo Branco

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District: Castelo Branco

Trivia: The inhabitants of Castelo Branco (literally meaning White Castle) are called albicastrenses, name that results from the probable junction of the Latin words albus and castro that means white and castle, respectively.

Some points of interest: Parque da Cidade, Paço Episcopal Garden, Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Museum

Some activities: Walking tours, Bike tours, Jeep tours

Typical: Embroidery of Castelo Branco, Regional cheese, Smoked sausages, Papas de Carolo

The district of Castelo Branco, which has as its capital the city of Castelo Branco, is characterized by a great landscape diversity dominated by three geographic structures: to the south we find the Vale do Tejo region with moderate altitudes and few orographic accidents, where animals and plants prevail under the deep valleys and peaceful silence of nature; to the north, from north-east to south-west, we can observe a more rugged region that hosts the mountains of Alvelos, Muradal, Gardunha and Malcata, where every corner is a new opportunity to find rare animals and an unshakeable serenity; to the northwest explore Cova da Beira and its verdant valleys meandering by the Zêzere river and its tributaries, a region of fertile lands where great productions of cherries and sour cherries, peaches, olive oil and wine are made. The district of Castelo Branco is an authentic open-air museum, filled with beautiful remains of Portugal's past and birthplace to some of the oldest traditions that characterize the country today. For the warmer days, the region's river beaches offer you the best of both worlds: a sheltered retreat and a breathtaking view.

The city of Castelo Branco, which rises in the midst of the rural landscape of the center of the country, hold a rich historical and cultural heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. A walk along its streets allows you to see this important heritage, evident in its buildings of typical architecture, secular monuments, medieval churches, baroque gardens and manor houses of families with roots engraved in history. More recently many more modern attractions have emerged in the city, such as cultural centers, museums and leisure spaces, making the municipality a place of strong tourist attraction.

Visiting the city of Castelo Branco, known as the "capital of Beira Baixa", is to explore all this in a scenery that combines tradition and modernity. With a rhythm of growth that contrasts with the serenity of the rural environment where it lays, Castelo Branco brings together the best of both worlds. Follow its roads and venture along its paths, rediscovering pieces of Portugal History in every corner, every village, every museum and every dish.

Recommended time:

2 days

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