Guarda

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.

What to do in Guarda

Travel Guide

Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions

Between Spain and Serra da Estrela there is a Guarda to discover

Be sure to visit Guarda, a treasure to discover between the border with Spain and Serra da Estrela. All About Portugal …

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

Where to sleep in Guarda

Hotel Lusitânia Congress & Spa
Hotel Lusitânia Congress & Spa

4 star

The now named Hotel Lusitania Congress & Spa is a modern and very comfortable unit, one of the outputs from the city of Guarda. With contemporary lines, the Ho…

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Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo


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