Away from the commonplace, but close to everything. Those who travel between Almeida, Belmonte, Castelo Mendo, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, Idanha-a-Velha, Linhares da Beira, Marialva, Monsanto, Piódão, Sortelha and Trancoso easily perceive the common characteristics that unite the 12 Historic Villages.
The pre-nationality genesis, present in vestiges in the historic centers, the architecture of the castles, towers and walls, the pillories, the legends and traditions, the gastronomy – but also a way of being characteristic of its people - they transform the 12 Historical Villages of Portugal into a unique collection of the country's history.
At a time when the borders between Portugal, León and Castile were poorly stabilized and when conquests and reconquest of territories were taking place, the fortified villages of the Beira border were the main means of defense of the populations. Around here, the first Portuguese fought against Leoneans, Castilians and Moors. Around here, centuries later, Portuguese and English fought against French. The heritage monumentality of the 12 Villages is the most accurate testimony of the importance of its past.
When visiting the 12 Historical Villages, it becomes evident that this is 1 destination that is 12. There are 12 destinations that complement each other, each with its personality and its particularities to discover, live and enjoy stunning secret havens , where, through the stones of its sidewalks and leafy walls and castles, you can unravel the history of a country of reckless conquerors, live the stories of its tireless people, savor each delicacy that makes up its unique cuisine, toast to life and to all. its charms and pleasures. Here, you will have the opportunity to breathe, tune and wander among secular heritage, where calmness gives us balance and security to live moments well spent; starting from the myriad of hiking trails and bicycle routes both on the road and on mountain biking, the offer is diverse, heterogeneous and tailored to your pace and objectives.
Cultural tourism has a unique exponent. 12 Historical Villages of Portugal, 12 places that offer an immersive experience in the History of Portugal; places that tell stories and that are the perfect stage to live their history. The communion with nature is ancestral and is evident in the offers we have for you.
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Thinking about your safety and that of our communities, Rede das Aldeias Históricas implemented a response plan to COVID-19. The safe and sustainable seal Historic Villages of Portugal is proof of that. When you see this seal, you will notice that the services are in strict compliance with the rules of the General Directorate of Health, however, safety depends on everyone. The Responsible Tourist Manifesto is part of this process and is addressed to you.
Welcome to the Historical Villages of Portugal! The first networked destination - worldwide - and the first national destination to receive the certification of sustainable tourist destination BIOSPHERE DESTINATION.