1 Museu de Grão Vasco, Viseu

Explore the works of one of Portugal’s greatest artists in Viseu’s fine museum.

2 Trancoso

This beautifully preserved, walled town is the best overnight stop in the Beira Alta tableland.

3 Fortified walls of Almeida

The extraordinary fortifications here are built in the form of a twelve-pointed star.

4 Hiking in the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

The mountain town of Manteigas is the best base for serra walks, including the half-day circuit to the Poço do Inferno waterfall.

5 Belmonte

An unsung treasure of a town, from the picturesque castle to its restored Jewish quarter.

6 Village stay, Sortelha

Stay the night in one of the restored houses in this walled village.

7 Monsanto

Houses hewn out of granite cling to a boulder-strewn hillside below a formidable castle.

8 Idanha-a-Velha

A mysterious ancient village set amid the burned plains of Beira Baixa.

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