Guarda is the highest of Portuguese cities. Founded in 1197 its name comes from its role as a guard near the border which justified its defensive importance, but is now a factor of progress. The city has been growing in recent years, modern neighborhoods form a cordon around the medieval center. The cathedral, like a fortress, with its pinnacles and gargoyles is a relevant work and an ex-libris of the city.

Guarda is the capital of the district that includes the following counties: Aguiar da Beira, Almeida, Celorico da Beira, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Fornos de Algodres, Gouveia, Guarda, Manteigas, Meda, Pinhel, Sabugal, Seia, Trancoso, Vila Nova de Foz Côa. 



In mountainous areas we can find plenty of work in wool and fur. Tambourines, musical instruments typical of the district of Guarda, are one of the examples. Unique and precious is also the embroidery in gold and silver thread on silk or velvet in Almeida. Other characteristic products in this area are clogs, baskets, reed hoods and gaiters, lace and embroidery, tin, pottery, weaving, miniatures in wood and wicker baskets.


To visit

Tour around the Border Castles

Archaeological park of the Côa Valley – Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Folgosinho – Gouveia

Estrela Mountain Range

Walking along the abandoned railways – Pocinho


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