The Algarve, Lisbon and Cascais in the south. Porto and Braga in the north. Both well known and much visited regions of Portugal. But it’s in the centre where many of the country’s most underrated destinations can be found.
The medieval Knight’s Templar city of Tomar, about an hour north of Lisbon, is one of the region’s undoubted highlights. The Convento do Cristo and Castillo sit high on the hill above the town, offering stunning views of the terracotta rooftops below.
To the north is the city of Coimbra, a one time capital and home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Caped students wander the narrow alleys, and the wide Mondego river lazily makes its way through the city to the coast. It’s one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Portugal but seldom visited. Discover a choice of great venues in and around the city, including former royal palaces.
Inland from here is the vast and pristine Serra da Estrella. Portugal’s largest and highest mountain range, you’ll find crystal clear mountain rivers, glacial valleys and even a ski resort in the winter months.
Dotted with hilltop fortified cities, Moorish castles, river beaches and endless stretches of pine forest, Central Portugal is one of the country’s best kept secrets.