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Beira was one of the six traditional provinces or "comarcas" of Portugal. In the early 19th century Beira was divided into three provinces: Beira Alta, Beira Baixa and Beira Litoral, sometimes collectively referred to as "the Beiras".

The current Centro Region of Portugal covers roughly the same area, and among its twelve subregions are Beira Interior Norte, Beira Interior Sul and Cova da Beira. The name also survives in the name of many small towns and villages in the area, e.g. Moimenta da Beira, Celorico da Beira, Aguiar da Beira, etc.

Almeida is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 518 km² and a total population of 7,784 inhabitants. Located in Riba-Côa (Coa) river valley), Almeida is an historic town (Portuguese:vila histórica) in Beira Interior. It has several castles (castelos) within the municipalaty (municipio): Castelo Bom, Almeida and Castelo Melhor. Largest towns:Vilar Formoso and Almeida. The municipality is composed of 29 parishes, and is located in the District of Guarda and part of Beiras comurb. Cities nearby: Pinhel, Guarda and Sabugal. The present Mayor is António Baptista Ribeiro, elected by the Social Democratic Party. The municipal holiday is July 2.  The town was captured by Spain in 1762 during the Seven Years War. In 1810 and 1811, Almeida was the site of two important sieges during the Peninsular War.
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Pousada de Almeida - Senhora das Neves Almeida
Located in the centre region of Portugal, near the Vilar Formoso border and within the old walls of the village you will find the Pousada of Almeida, Nossa Senhora das Neves. It was built on 1985, in the place where the former prisons were located.  This charming hotel reveals, in spite of its modern atmosphere and spacious rooms, the historical and cultural grandiosity of the village of Almeida, now a classified National Heritage.  The hotel is 15 kilometres from Vilar Formoso and 49 kilometres from Vila Nova De Foz Coa.  It features a restaurant, complimentary breakfast and free parking.
Aveiro is a city in Aveiro Municipality in Portugal, with a total area of 199.9 km², a total population of 73,559 inhabitants, and 59,860 electors (2006). It is the second most populous city in the Centro Region of Portugal, after Coimbra. However, the city of Aveiro together with neighbouring Ílhavo, make one conurbation which has a population of 113,908 inhabitants, making it one of the most important by population density in the Centro Region.

Sometimes called "the Portuguese Venice", Aveiro is an important seaport, famous for its production of salt and its seaweed harvest. The city is also renowned for the 15th-century Convento de Jesus, also known as Santa Joana, which houses the city museum.

Several attrations in city of Aveiro include cathedrals, canals and the Peninsula de São Jacinto beaches. Attractions nearby Aveiro include the Ílhavo ceramica de Vista Alegre and the beaches of Barra, Costa Nova do Prado, and Gafanha da Nazare.

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Best Western Hotel Imperial Aveiro
The Best Western Hotel Imperial is located in Aveiro, Portugal, six kilometres from the nearest beach. The Romain Shopping Centre and Aveiro Cathedral are both located 200 metres from the hotel. This hotel has a solarium which offers a view of Aveiro city centre. The hotel also offers complimentary entry to a fitness centre nearby. The hotel also offers computer rental from the multilingual staff at the front desk. Best Western Hotel Imperial provides 24-hour room service and a daily complimentary breakfast. The Moliceiro bar offers snacks and drinks, the Aveiro Restaurant serves light meals, and the Imperial Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese dishes. Complimentary wireless Internet is offered in the property's public areas. 
Meliá Ria Hotel Aveiro
The Meliá Ria Hotel is located in the centre of Aveiro, Portugal, 150 metres from the bus terminal and one kilometre from the train station. The Costa Nova and Barra beaches are both seven kilometres from the hotel. Set overlooking an artificial lake on the Ria river, this city-centre hotel has a modern lobby that features a television, bar and complimentary newspapers. International and Portuguese dishes are served at the Restaurante do Lago, while the Bar do Lago offers a selection of drinks. The restaurant and bar both overlook the lake.  The Meliá Ria Hotel's Wellness Centre offers an indoor heated pool, a Turkish bath, sauna and jetted tub. A fitness room and Pilates classes are also available. Bicycles can be hired in the local area.
Belmonte  is a municipality in Portugal. The municipality is composed of five parishes and is located in the district of Castelo Branco. The present mayor is Amândio Manuel Ferreira de Melo, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is April 26.

Belmonte is also the birth place of Pedro Álvares Cabral, the navigator who discovered the land of Vera Cruz, now Brazil. Located in the Church of Santa Maria are the iconic image statue of Nossa Senhora da Esperança (Our Lady of Hope), which accompanied Cabral in his voyage. The image was, until 1834, in the Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, now transformed in a modern charm hotel.

Belmonte is home to the last remaining community of marranos (known as Belmonte Jews) who officially returned to Judaism in the 1970s, and opened a synagogue in 1996. In 2003, the Belmonte Project was founded under the auspices of the American Sephardi Federation, in order to raise funds to acquire Judaic educational material and services for the community (which now numbers 160-180). A Jewish Museum of Belmonte (Museu Judaico de Belmonte) opened on 17 April 2005. In the summer of 2006, the American Sephardi Federation ceased to have the Belmonte Project under its auspices.

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Pousada de Belmonte - Convento do Belmonte, Belmonte
The Pousada Convento de Belmonte results from the renovation of the former Nossa Senhora da Esperança Convent.  Inside, the chapel and sacristy have been converted into a lounge and bar a good example of the harmonious blend of historical architecture and modern construction and comfort.  The Pousada hotel has preserved the Monastery’s heritage intact (the sight was classified as a building of public interest in 1986), included amphitheatre architecture layout in the pine woods on the slopes of Esperança´s Mountain, and stunning landscape with views over the Cova da Beira region and Estrela’s  Mountain.  Guests can use this historic luxury hotel as a base for exploring the many historical monuments is the region, including the castle, the burial vault of the Cabral family, the Jewish Quarter, as well as the natural beauty and folk traditions of Serra da Estrela (Estrela´s Mountain), one of the Europe’s most important natural reserves.
The Caramulo Mountains - The Serra do Caramulo is a place where nature reigns supreme and man has learned to live with it and for it, never against it. It is a place full of surprises and magnificent views. You will notice the green fields and woods, the grey of the granite, the bright colours of the heathers, ganisters, oleanders or brooms and ancient small and picturesque villages.
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Do Caramulo Hotel, Caramulo
Do Caramulo is located in Caramulo, Portugal, two kilometres from historic Guardo village and six kilometres from the Caramulinho mountain peak. The botanical reserve of Cambarinho is 20 kilometres away. This hotel has two swimming pools, fitness equipment, and a sauna. A range of massage and beauty treatments are offered at the spa. Concierge services are available at the 24-hour front desk. Do Caramulo's traditional restaurant offers a menu of regional dishes, and a daily complimentary breakfast is available. Live music is performed in the nightclub at weekends.  The hotel has six conference rooms and all are supplied with audio-visual equipment. There is high-speed internet access in public areas.  There are hiking routes in the Caramulo mountains, and the Caramulo motor festival is held in the region every September.
Coimbra is a city in Coimbra Municipality in Portugal. It served as the country's capital during the First Dynasty (12th Century) and remains home to the University of Coimbra, the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world and one of the oldest in Europe.

Over 430,000 people live in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Coimbra, comprising 16 municipalities and spreading over 3,372 km². It is the seat of the Centro region, as well as of the District of Coimbra and the Baixo Mondego subregion. Like most university cities, Coimbra is home to many students from elsewhere, including thousands of international students.

Coimbra is one of the most important urban centers of Portugal after the much larger Lisbon Metropolitan Area and Porto Metropolitan Area. Coimbra plays a role as the chief urban centre of the central part of the country. The city contains important archeological remains of structures dating from the time when it was the Roman town of Aeminium, such as its well-preserved aqueduct and cryptoporticus, as well as from the period when it served as the capital of Portugal (from 1139 to about 1260). In the Late Middle-Ages, declining as the political centre of the Kingdom of Portugal, Coimbra began to evolve into a major cultural centre with the foundation of the University of Coimbra in 1290. The university, one of the oldest in Europe, attracts visitors from around the world due to its monumental buildings and history, making the city an important touristic destination.
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Hotel Astoria Coimbra
The Hotel Astoria is a striking 19th century hotel with domed tower, which overlooks the Mondego River, 50 meters from the centre of Coimbra. Guests can dine on Portuguese specialties in the hotel's formal restaurant, featuring dark-wood panelling, high ceilings and polished wooden floors. In the evening, guests can enjoy a specialty coffee or drink in the hotel's Bar 21 or seek local information and sightseeing advice from the hotel's multilingual staff. The hotel is surrounded by a wealth of attractions: the Mondego River and bustling streets of Coimbra centre, are both 50 metres away. The Botanical Gardens are 200 metres away and Santa Cruz Park is one kilometre from the hotel. Oporto Airport is approximately 85 kilometres from the hotel vicinity. The Carris AeroBus number 91 departs every 20 minutes to the Cais do Sodré railway station (journey time is about 20 minutes), where guests can catch one of the frequent trains to Coimbra train station, which is 300 metres from the hotel.
Quinta Das Lagrimas Hotel Coimbra
Quinta Das Lagrimas hotel is housed in a historic eighteenth century country house in Coimbra, Portugal. Several ancient attractions lie within walking distance of the property. Convent Santa Clara, a Gothic church, and Portugal dos Pequenitos, a park featuring miniature replicas of Portuguese monuments, lie within 300 meters of the hotel. Other nearby attractions include Santa Cruz Monastery and Se Velha. Coimra-B Train Station lies two kilometers from Quinta Das Lagrimas hotel. This hotel is surrounded by 12 hectares of gardens and exotic trees, transplanted to Portugal from several countries around the world. In addition to leisurely strolls around the verdant grounds, many rejuvenating amenities are offered. Bamboo Garden Spa boasts an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, jetted tub and spa treatments such as massage and aromatherapy. The spa centre also features an array of fitness equipment. A driving range is also located onsite. Meanwhile, hunger pangs are satisfied at Arcadas da Capela Restaurant.  In addition, Aqua Latin Food Restaurant fuses Mediterranean and International flavors. 
Tivoli Coimbra Hotel Coimbra
Coimbra - steeped in the history and folklore of academia. In the centre of town, you will find the Tivoli Coimbra. Opened in 1991, it is a welcoming four- star hotel, which offers its guests the comfort and quality so characteristic of Tivoli Hotels. Coimbra is the city with most academic tradition in Portugal and a visit to the Universidade de Coimbra is a must. In the upper part of the city, do not forget a visit to the Machado de Castro Museum - the largest Roman building in the Iberian Peninsula - which houses Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque works of arts, as well as a considerable collection of porcelain. 
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