Things to do in Castelo Branco

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From Castelo Branco: Belmonte and Castelo Novo Day Trip

1. From Castelo Branco: Belmonte and Castelo Novo Day Trip

The tour lasts approximately 9 hours and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. Departure from Castelo Branco to the historic village of Belmonte. It continues on a guided tour of the museums of the village where Pedro Álvares Cabral was born, on a circular route that ends at the beautiful Belmonte Castle. Then it's time to climb the largest mountain range in mainland Portugal, where strategic stops will be made so that you can enjoy the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the largest Portuguese protected area. Before returning to Castelo Branco, there will be one last stop, in the historic village of Castelo Novo.

Castelo Branco: Culture and History Guided Tour with Museums

2. Castelo Branco: Culture and History Guided Tour with Museums

The tour lasts approximately 4 hours and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. There will be a walking tour through the historic area of the city, passing by various points of interest, such as Churches and Chapels, the Sixteenth Century Portals and the Clock Tower. Then there is a visit to the first two museums, the Cargaleiro Museum and the Castelo Branco Embroidery Interpretation Center. This is followed by a walk through the City Park and a visit to the Jardim do Paço Episcopal. Finally, it's time to go up to the highest point in the city where you can visit the Castle and marvel at a 360º view over the city of Castelo Branco. Return to the meeting point.

Castelo Branco: Portas de Ródão Natural Monument Boat Trip

3. Castelo Branco: Portas de Ródão Natural Monument Boat Trip

The tour lasts approximately 4h30 and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. Departure from Castelo Branco to the Schist Village of Foz do Cobrão, where there will be a stop at the Portas do Almourão viewpoint. Then, it's time to climb to the highest point of Vila Velha de Ródão, where you can visit the Castle of King Wamba and marvel at the view over the Tagus River. Head towards the pier, where you can explore the Enxarrique Archaeological Station and enjoy the boat ride, which lasts approximately 1 hour. Return to the meeting point.

Castelo Branco: Historical Walking Tour in the City

4. Castelo Branco: Historical Walking Tour in the City

The tour lasts approximately 2h30 and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. Then there will be a walking tour of the historic area of the city, passing by several points of interest, like Churches and Chapels, Medieval, 16th century Portals, Clock Tower and the City Park. Then it is the highest moment of the tour, you will go up to the highest point of the city where you can visit the Castle and marvel at a 360º view over the city of Castelo Branco. Return to the meeting point.

Private 8-Day Tour of Portugal from Lisbon

5. Private 8-Day Tour of Portugal from Lisbon

Experience a fantastic 8-day tour of Portugal’s beautiful cities, and enjoy a week full of exciting and interesting activities. Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrival in Lisbon Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Lisbon. You have the rest of the day to spend as you wish, for example you can use this day to enjoy a stroll through the city. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 2 (Thursday): Lisbon Explore Lisbon on a scenic drive through the old town to Alfama, the oldest district of the city. Afterwards you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, home to one of the most beautiful cloisters in the world. You will then continue on to Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before heading back to the hotel. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 3 (Friday): Lisbon – Coimbra Leave the capital city and drive to the picturesque village of Óbidos, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll. Afterwards you will head to the traditional fishing village of Nazaré, where you will visit the famous Monastery of Batalha. Continue on to Fátima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims every year. From there you can take a trip to the traditional university city of Coimbra. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 4 (Saturday): Coimbra – Porto Enjoy a tour of the Baroque library and St. Michael’s Chapel of the oldest university in Portugal, which was founded in 1291. Afterwards you will drive to Porto, the second largest city in the country. Here you can enjoy an extensive panoramic tour of the city to the cathedral. You will then visit the old stock exchange of Porto – the Palácio da Bolsa – before sampling local wine at a famous port winery. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 5 (Sunday): Porto – Vila Real Today you will leave the capital of the north and head to the green province of Minho, where you will explore the region of Vinho Verde (green wine). Visit the old town of Braga, which is also known as the Rome of Portugal. You will then head to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte with a monumental stairway. Afterwards you will drive to the city of Guimarães, the cradle of Portugal. Explore the old town and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. You will then drive through Amarante to Vila Real. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 6 (Monday): Vila Real – Guarda After breakfast you will drive to the station of Vila Real. Travel by train through the Port wine region, and along the Corgo River to Régua. Enjoy a fantastic trip to Lamego, known for Presunto (dry-cured ham), where you can take a break. Continue on through Viseu to the city of Guarda at 1,000 meters above sea level. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 7 (Tuesday): Guarda – Lisbon Today you will head through the mountainous areas of Portugal to the city of Castelo Branco. Explore the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace before heading towards the city of Tomar. There you will visit the Templar Castle before driving back to Lisbon. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 8 (Wednesday): Depart Lisbon Transfer to the airport in Lisbon.

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