Between the Serra da Estrela Mountains and the border between Portugal and Spain you’ll find lots of small villages which were established centuries ago to defend the territory from invaders. Some of them, like Sortelha, Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha and Belmonte, have achieved international fame by being selected as part of the Historical Villages of Portugal network while others, like Penamacor, Penha Garcia and Sabugal, are less touristy but full of stories and surprises.
All of these remote villages are surrounded by glorious countryside, including plains, rivers, granite outcrops and the Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, where Iberian lynx used to roam.
If you’re interested in a private tour of this under-the-radar part of Portugal, please fill in the form below and I’ll connect you with a suitable tour operator by forwarding your request and contact details.
If you are not sure about which villages to choose on the form, you will find more information about them in these articles:
- Penha Garcia
- Penamacor and Sabugal (this article also has information about the farm visit and the Malcata Nature Reserve)
Disclosure: At no extra cost to you, I may receive a small ‘finder’s fee’ from some of the carefully selected tour operators I recommend.
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