Guarda is known as the city of the five F's: strong, rich, cold, faithful and beautiful (forte, farta, fria, fiel e formosa). It is the highest Portuguese city, at approximately 1050 meters above sea level. The original city was founded in 1199 with the charter provided by the portuguese king Dom Sancho I, with the intention of making it the center of commerce and Beirã's border defense against the invaders, reason why it received what is still its name today (“Guarda” means Guard). To know this city start by Praça Luís de Camões, also known as “Praça Velha” (Old Square). From this location, right next to the Cathedral, set off to discover the funny alleys filled with interesting monuments. You can also find a lot of typical products: from handicrafts (embroidery, bronze bells, weaving and lace) to gastronomy, with emphasis on the Serra da Estrela cheese and meat sausages.
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Sé da Guarda
Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, this Cathedral has two portals, one Gothic and the other Manueline. There are two octagonal bell towers, gargoyles and pinnacles on the outside, an altarpiece by João Ruão, columns, the chapel of Pinas and chairs. Due to successive reconstructions, it presents several different styles that marked the 14th and 15th centuries.
Castelo da Guarda / Torre de Menagem
At the highest point of the city, at 1056 meters of altitude, is the Castelo da Guarda, better known as Torre de Menagem. The town was inhabited by order of Dom Sancho I, who granted it a charter and privileges in 1199, and transferred the seat of the diocese to here. This first charter was confirmed by the same king …
Antiga Judiaria da Guarda
Next to Porta d'El-Rei there would once be the Jewish Quarter. The Jewish community has its presence documented since the beginning of the 13th century, but several facts point to the existence of the neighborhood before that date. In this way, it is considered one of the oldest Jewish communities in the country.
Igreja e Edifício da Misericórdia da Guarda
This is an 18th century building which was restored during the Joanine period. It is worthy to mention the stonework finely elaborated on the door, pediment, windows, towers and niche. On the main chapel the altar is dedicated to Our Lady of Consolação (Consolation).
Museu da Guarda
Space installed in the old Episcopal Seminary built in 1601 by Dom Nuno de Noronha, Bishop of Guarda. It opened to the public as a museum in 1985, under the name Museu da Guarda, showing the history of the district. …
Museu de Tecelagem dos Meios
Museum installed in an old weaving factory, where you can currently see manual looms, which still manufacture rag blankets and blankets. It also has collars and rattles for sheep and other craft products on display.
Parque Urbano do Rio Diz
Large recreational space, with about 21 hectares, consisting of a water mirror, a children's playground, a semi-covered multipurpose space with rooms for parties and events, a toy library and a library.
TMG - Teatro Municipal da Guarda
Large and modern space, consisting of a Grand Auditorium, with a capacity for 626 seats and where theater, music or dance shows often take place; a Small Auditorium, with a capacity for 161 seats and where plays, some concerts and …
Chafariz da Dorna
Modernity and the past intersect in the surroundings of the Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, with an imposing fountain that marks the already distant history of the city. Although it is not possible to define with certainty the time of its …
Vestígios da Antiga Vila de Jarmelo
Of the old village of Jarmelo, currently, only a set of ruins remain located on an elevation from which you can see a vast area, from Serra da Estrela to Serra da Marofa. The story goes that, because of the …
Calçada Romana em Ponte da Mizarela
Mizarela is a small village about 15 minutes from Guarda, which stands out for its Roman Bridge. In its surroundings, there is a Roman road with about two kilometers.
Painel de Azulejos de Frei Pedro da Guarda
Small panel of blue and white tiles, representing Frei Pedro da Guarda with his dog, looking for travelers lost in the mountains in the snow.
Chafariz de Santo André
Large 18th century armored fountain (from the Refoios Saraiva family), which is decorated with volutes, dragons and pinnacles. Water gushes out, through three frowns, into a cut-out tank.
Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mileu
Romanesque temple that already has elements of transition to Gothic. It consists of two juxtaposed rectangular volumes (a single nave and a chancel), with the façade torn by a full-back arched portico with archivolts. The corbels and capitals are decorated …
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The best river beaches in Central Portugal
From the Serra da Estrela area to the Santarém and Portalegre districts there are beautiful freshwater beaches.
Where to eat in Guarda
Author, Contemporary, Portuguese
The Dom restaurant Fork contains three nice rooms, well decorated and cozy, where are served good c…
Restaurant located in an old house where wood and stone have taken hold, serving good regional dish…
Italian, Mediterranean, Portuguese
A refined restaurant located near the town of Guarda that serves Portuguese dishes with a touch of …
Restaurant located in a restored house from the 17th century, thanks to the dedication of its owner…
A large restaurant, with a rustic decor and an effective servicem that serves typical Portuguese di…
Italian restaurant with a good range of pizzas and pastas.
A restaurant decorated with rustic objects and animated by background music. It features a vareid m…
Where to sleep in Guarda
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Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
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