In the Central region of Portugal time passes more slowly, the hospitable people always have the time to welcome visitors, and to share their stories, crafts and traditions. Just as we like to savour their gastronomic delights, made from recipes passed down from generation to generation. Or take with us a handmade article in linen or wood into which the local craftsmen have put all their knowledge.
This land also has preserved castles that appear to emerge out of the mist, straight out of fairy tales, and museums and monuments that bear witness to what life was like many years ago. But much of their charm is in the pure nature. In the river beaches with crystal clear water where you can spend moments of relaxation. And in the forests you can discover on foot following the “Schist paths “, or on the bike trails.
This is a diverse historic region where you can find centuries old heritage and some important monuments included in the UNESCO list such as the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and the Coimbra University. Here you can find spa hotels with thermal, thalassa, hydrotherapy and holistic treatments, ideal for health retreats and spa break deals.
The coastline is home to picturesque fishing villages and beaches well known by surfers from around the world, who come for the perfect waves in Peniche, and even the giant waves in Nazaré. Source: VisitPortugal