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Historical Villages tour Portugal
“(…) everything in these parts is greatness, but for Sortelha village of sortilégio, you will not find easy comparison”.
“Castelo Novo is one of the traveller’s most touching memories. Maybe one day l’ll come back, maybe never, maybe even avoid coming back, just because there are experiences that don’t repeat themselves”.
Monsanto: to understand what there is of stone in people, to discover what has passed from people to stone.
They rise, with haughtiness, in the granite hills, they keep memories of other times, of bloody battles, but also of festivities and royal weddings. Crystallized in time, they count on the walls to protect them and stubbornly, in their towers of menage, to search, on the horizon line, the threats from the east, because there are those who say that on that side neither good wind nor good marriage.
These are the historical villages of Portugal that have so much to be told. On this Historical Villages tour Portugal, we selected five of the most beautiful ones: Belmonte, Sortelha, Monsanto and Idanha-a-Velha which, due to their identity and historical-cultural value, offers us the most authentic of Portugal.
About this tour:
Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).
The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences and the tour length.
Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel).
Accommodation not included
Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget.
Day 1 - Overnight in Belmonte
Time : 8:30 am
Lisbon, BelmonteArriving to Belmonte with an introduction of it's history,
Day 2 - Overnight in Belmonte
Time : 9:00 am
Belmonte, Caria, SortelhaVisit to the Vila of Belmonte to include the historical center, Castle. Museum of the Discoveries, Olive Oil museum. Walking tour through the historical center. Time now to visit one of the most beautiful Historical Villages in Portugal, Sortelha. Includes a walking tour inside the Medieval Village. Visit to Caria and it's Casa da Torre with different thematic historical exibitions. Includes to a visit to the Casa da Roda.
Day 3 -Overnight in Monfortinho
Time : 9:00 am
Castelo Novo, MonsantoVisit to Castelo Novo to include the Templar Castle and a walking tour through the historical center. Visit to the Art Gallery Manuela Justino. Arriving to Monsanto.
Day 4 - Overnight in Lisbon
Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha, LisboaThis is a very ancient site, with a history of human presence since the Paleolithic. Conquered from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165 and granted to the Order of the Knights Templar. Visit to the historical village of Monsanto to include a walking tour and a private performance of the ladies playing the Adufe, a peculiar musical instrument with Arab origins. On the way to Lisbon we visit Idanha-a-Velha Despite its small size, Idanha-a-Velha is a charming village and one of the oldest of the Historical Villages of Portugal. Its history dates back to the 1st century BC, when it was known as "Egitânia". It passed through Roman and Muslim hands until it was reconquered in the 13th century by Christians.
Day 5 - Transfer to Lisbon airport
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Bottled water
- Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
- Exclusive and specialized Guide/Driver
- Wifi on board
- Public liability and personal accidents insurance
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fees
- Lunches or dinners
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