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 Dom Sancho I, aiming for it to act as a center of commerce and Beirã's border defense against the invaders, reason why it received the what is still its name today. To know this city, start by Praça Luís de Camões, also known as old square. From this heart of the city, located right next to the Cathedral, set off to discover the funny alleys filled with interesting monuments. The highlight goes to the Cathedral, the Castle and the old Episcopal Palace. Make sure to also visit the famous tiles from Vilar Formoso with about fifty panels by João Alves de Sá. The lovers of outdoor sports have in this council several activities to choose from, from hiking trails and cycling up to the paragliding Championships in Linhares and also skiing facilities at Serra da Estrela. The typical products are many, from handicrafts (embroidery, brass bells, weaving and lace) to gastronomy, with emphasis on the Serra da Estrela cheese and sausages. Agriculture and pastoralism predominate in the outlying parishes of Guarda, noting, however, that this is not the case in the city, where trade and services abound. The Serra da Estrela natural park, with more than 100,000 hectares, is responsible for the promotion of the municipality's tourism.
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Castelo da Guarda / Torre de Menagem
At the highest point of the city, at 1056 meters of altitude, is the Castle, better known as Torre de Menagem. This site was inhabited by order of Dom Sancho I, who granted him a Charter and perks, in 1199, and transferred to the seat of the diocese. This first Charter was confirmed by the same King in 1217, 1229 …
Sé da Guarda
The Cathedral of Guarda was built between the 14th and 16th centuries. It possesses two doorways; one is Gothic style and the other in Manueline style. To bring out, on the outside, the two massive octagonal bell towers, gargoyles and pinnacles. On the inside it stands out the Renaissance altarpiece a work done by João de Ruão, the columns, and …
Torre dos Ferreiros
This is a high stone tower with a portcullis and curved entrance passage. The wall revetment with banquettes, the doors and the keep can still demarcate the medieval town. This tower is one of the entrances to the castle inside …
Parque Urbano do Rio Diz
Playful space of large dimensions, with about 21 hectares, consisting of a reflecting pool, a playground, a polyvalent space semicoberto with rooms for parties and events, a toy library and a library.
TMG - Teatro Municipal da Guarda
Large, modern space, consisting of a large auditorium with a capacity of 626 seats and where there are often performances of theatre, music or dance; a small auditorium with a capacity of 161 seats and where plays, concerts and cinema; …
Capela de Nossa Senhora do Mileu
Romanesque temple which already has elements of transition to Gothic. Consists of two rectangular volumes juxtaposed (a single nave and a chancel), being the front torn by an arched portico back with archivolts. The dogs and capitals are decorated with …