The moments lived in the medieval villages of the Portuguese Beira Alta are unforgettable. On foot or by bike, get to know these villages’ recommendations for the more adventurous types.
For many, summer is synonymous with the beach, outdoor afternoon talks, and pure rest. But there are those who cannot stay even five minutes lying on a towel, without being taken over by a desire to get on a bike and explore surrounding areas, trek through sands, or play ball. For active and athletic people by nature, the perfect holidays are spent in the fields, an adventure by bike or on foot, discovering new paths and secret places, where many tourists don’t even get close…
The Historical Villages of Portugal are the perfect destination for adventurers who will switch without hesitating the confusion of some beaches in the summer for the tranquility of enchanting places such as the medieval villages of the Portuguese Beira Alta: Almeida, Belmonte, Castelo Mendo, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, Idanha-a-Velha, Linhares da Beira, Marialva, Monsanto, Piódão, Sortelha, and Trancoso.
In the Historical Villages of Portugal, one destination that is in fact 12, peace and tranquility reign: A thousand and one invitations to adventure, from the Historical Ways of the villages to Grande Rota 22, a course that is nearly 600 km, which crosses some of the most dazzling Portuguese natural parks that include the region of the Portuguese Historical Villages: Natural Park of Serra da Estrela, Douro International Natural Park, International Tagus Natural Park, Serra da Malcata Natural Reserve, Serra da Gardunha Regional Protected Landscape, and Azores Complex. The beauty of this course is such that GR22, the first and largest Grande Rota of Portugal, is in the process of European Certification, “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe,” to beome a part of the group of the best destinations for walking in Europe.
For those who are more audacious, the Historical Villages of Portugal has a challenge that will begin really soon,“The Castle Quest,” a bicycle challenge which takes place September 15 – 23, 2018. “The Castle Quest” takes adventurers through villages, castles, fortresses in 12 stages. In the end, each cyclist receives a certificate, becoming a true explorer of the Historical Villages of Portugal.
These holidays, quench your thirst for adventure and go on to discover the Historical Villages of Portugal: Prepare to be amazed by the castle of Marialva, the stones of the eternal kiss of Sortelha, the plaza-fort of Almeida, the mystic Centum Cellas Tower in Belmonte, and by the surrounding sceneries of these villages in the Portuguese Beira Alta. Immerse yourself, on foot or by bike, and surely you will want to return…