The Centre of Portugal is a region of contrasts, offering the best of the sea and the mountains as well as a unique cultural heritage. It is the perfect junction between the hills and the fresh fields in the North and the warm plains in the South, the modernity of the cities such as Coimbra and Aveiro and the tradition of Guarda and Castelo Branco.

Get lost in the historical villages within the country, in the Aldeias do Xisto for example, and visit the medieval village of Óbidos. From the Sanctuary of Fátima to the large and dense Leiria pinewood forest and the Contemporary Art Centre (Marinha Grande) one thing is for sure: there is something for everybody to explore and be enchanted with!

During the winter, take a walk on the mountains, in particular Serra da Estrela, Serra da Lousã or Serra do Caramulo, which are perfect to spend a weekend in the snow.

On the coast, you can visit fascinating museums and monuments. Enjoy the amazing sea based gastronomy, places full of history and some of the best surf spots in the world, from the perfect waves in Peniche to the giant swell in Nazaré. Nature lovers cannot miss the Ria de Aveiro and its incredible biodiversity.

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