A land of sleepy stone villages and hill-top castles, central Portugal provides a natural link between the cool, green meadows of the north and the hot, dry pastures of the south. The region’s highlights include Serra da Estrela, the beautiful Buçaco Forest, and the ancient university city of Coimbra.



A historic walled village that is perfectly manicured, Óbidos is the perfect place to take a stroll and get lost in its winding streets. Watch locals make handicrafts, and don’t miss a taste of the cherry liquor called Ginjinha.


One of Portugal’s most famous fishing villages, in Nazaré you can see women still dressed as peixeras, traditional fish sellers. Some still sell dried fish on the beautiful beach. If you visit, don’t miss lunch at the local restaurants, where you can taste the carapau — local Atlantic mackerel that have been dried for just a few hours before being cooked. Delicious!


Piódão is a village of stone houses with slate roofs. Its location in the middle of the Serra do Açor mountains is breathtaking. Its definitely worth a visit.


Known as “the Venice of Portugal” this charming village does indeed have canals and painted boats– but it is well-deserving of its own fame. Its beautiful architecture includes stunning art deco buildings.