Center of Portugal

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Challenge yourself in the Historical Villages of Portugal

Discover the history of the oldest European border. They are very small dots on the world map nevertheless it was thanks to them that the fate of a country was changed. A2Z proudly presents you with twelve villages that will mesmerize you with their century-old castles and traditions.

Discover the history of the oldest European border. Dare yourself to wear the shoes of the great conquerors who claimed these lands for the Portuguese venture. Twelve villages spread across Central Portugal’s inland territory, each one more surprising than the one before. Mesmerizing landscapes, perfect desert roads and ancient trails and astonishing castles overlooking the Villages will be the “cherry on top” by the end of the day with A2Z.

Come and enjoy the privilege of hiking or walking along some of the most impressive Portuguese natural parks like Estrela Mountain, where the highest mountain of continental Portugal resides, or Faia Brava Private Protected Area, the first private conservation area in Portugal.

Great Route 22, aka GR22, will take you across these natural wonders and the iconic Historical Villages in a safe and pleasant journey thanks to its loop shape and the omnipresent marks.

The History of the Villages will certainly impress you. However, the pleasure of ending the day with the greetings of an ancient local inhabitant, still reflecting in is facing the hardness and the happiness of a life lived in harmony with the strengths of nature, is one of those moments that will make you smile of joy and gratitude.

The climax of tasting the local history will happen when you sit at the table and you discover flavors still in touch with is surroundings and odors that still remind you of the meadows. Even the clattering sounds coming from the kitchen may transport you back to the memories of slow cooking pans hoovering the fire.

Exploring the History, the traditions, the colors, the smells and the tastes of such a diverse territory and culture is an adventure one can only take on under the commitment of a slow journey and the award of achieving it through your effort. A2Z will be right behind you. 


Best Time to Visit Portugal


When planning your holiday, we know how important it is to get the timing just right. And despite Portugal’s compact size, weather patterns actually vary greatly throughout the country making it a little trickier to plan the best time of year to go to Portugal. But whether you’re planning to hit the coast for some sun or enjoy the country’s rural charm in the countryside, check out our guide below to find out the best time to go to Portugal.


12 Best Places to Visit in Portugal


Compact yet diverse, there’s no doubt Portugal has a lot to offer. From pre-historic dinosaur footprints to some of the world’s most delectable wines, there is very little you won’t find here. But that only makes it much more difficult to answer the question: which region of Portugal should you visit? Read below to find some of our top suggestions to enjoy the very best that Portugal has to offer you.


The Best Grandes Rotas (Long Distance Trails) of Portugal


With its sunny weather year-round, Portugal is the ideal destination for an outdoors adventure holiday. And the options to explore it are endless! Whether you are looking to discover the country’s most popular sites or you want to take a detour and head off the beaten path, Portugal boasts a network of well-marked long-distance trails (called Grande Rotas) to take you exactly where you want to go. From the steep mountains to the deep river valleys and the breezy Atlantic Coast, our four favorite walks below will take you through some of Portugal’s most stunning landscapes and fascinating historical sites.


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