A region so varied and vibrant it would take months to fully explore, Central Portugal provides fascinating experiences sure to impress, filled with endless sights and attractions from the striking to the serene, and the religious to the romantic.
Discover the Centre of Portugal
The Diverse Centre of Portugal
Unique Destinations, Unique Experiences
A virtually unexplored collection of surprising towns and villages await visitors to central Portugal, from the canals of Aveiro, dubbed the “Portuguese Venice” to the castle of the Knights Templar standing serenely in the middle of a lake near Tomar. Thrill-seekers will want to head to Nazaré, the surfing capital of Portugal, while others may want to pay their respects at the shrine to the Virgin Mary in Fátima. Viseu’s also worth a visit for its religious art and architecture, as is the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Alcobaça’s grand 12th-century monastery.
Best of the Region
Coimbra, central Portugal’s largest city, still finds itself under the shadow of the first university in the country, the city’s winding streets overrun with cloaked students, while only 40 kilometres away lies a picturesque seaside resort, Figueira da Foz, its promenade somewhat reminiscent of Rio. Portugal’s go-to shopping destination, Leiria, hosts bustling markets and endless shops, and to enjoy a picturesque walled town, Óbidos is a must-see, its traditional cherry liqueur served in chocolate cups a must for any visitors lost in its narrow streets.
Stunning Mountains and Charming Villages
From deep forests to mainland Portugal’s largest mountain range, Central Portugal does nature like nowhere else, and as soon as visitors reach the foothills of the snowy Serra da Estrela mountains, they are sure to claim they have left the country altogether. Laced with scenic walking and mountain bike trails, the hill range is home to Schist Villages reminiscent of something out of a story book, while what really draws visitors to the area is the food, authentic cuisine and local cheese served in large quantities.
A region to be explored time and again, without ever seeing the same thing twice.