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The Centro Region is a region in central Portugal, and its capital is Coimbra. Other cities inside this region are Aveiro, Viseu, Leiria, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Figueira da Foz, Guarda, Pinhel, Mealhada, Pombal, Tomar, Abrantes, Torres Vedras, Torres Novas, Peniche, Águeda and Caldas da Rainha. It is one of seven Regions of Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). This is one of the regions of Europe, considered by the European Union for statistical and geographical purposes. 

Along this region’s mountainous border with Spain are a series of fortresses and castles that once protected the country from its many invaders. Over the centuries, Moors and Christians, Spaniards and Portuguese have all tried to take these villages, but their higher elevations usually gave them a distinct advantage. Here, the more than one dozen fortified frontier villages beckon today’s visitors to come explore a 900-year history--full of the heroism, epic battles and romance upon which Portugal struggled to become a nation. Each village has a fascinating tale of its own to tell. All of their valiant efforts paid off. Today Portugal boasts the longest-standing border in all of Europe.

In these rural villages, ancient rituals and religious festivals remain popular. Visitors can sample them and partake in traditional foods such as cheese, sausages and mountain honey.

In the fortress town of Almeida, a walk through the narrow cobbled streets can lead a visitor to the ruins of a once mighty 12-pointed fortress here. One of Portugal’s many Pousadas—an historic property turned into an inn—is located in Almeida. In the town of Castelo Rodrigo, a memorial stone marks the place of a fierce battle in 1664, and visitors can view the remains of the castle, its tower and a palace here. The town has a small, Gothic church. Just near Castelo Mendo stands a beautiful bridge built by the Romans.

Casa Sulo Portuguese Chalet Apartment (Ref: 5813) apartment in Macinhata do Vouga
2 x fully equipped chalet apartments. Peace & tranquility-but close enough for beaches & towns. Sleeps 4-6, conjoined 10-12.  Casa Sulo, Alombada, your holiday destination, is situated in an idyllic rural working village at the top of a mountain surrounded by the refreshing fragrance of eucalyptus forests and uninterrupted views over the distant mountains of the Serra de Arada. It is suitable for all age groups, families, reunions or just couples who want a relaxing break. However, there is no wheelchair access. The two self-catering chalet apartments are of the highest standard with your comfort in mind!  From Porto airport take the easy drive southwards along the A1 / E1 over the river Douro towards Aveiro. This takes you into the real Portugal with its spectacular scenery, and people who are famed for their traditional way of life and hospitality.  Sleeps 6
Costa De Prata Townhouse (Ref: 7965) self-catering villa in Foz Do Arelho
This is an attractive, privately owned townhouse with swimming pool in the village of Foz Do Arelho, on Portugal's unspoilt west coast, about an hour's drive north of Lisbon and 15 minutes from Obidos and Praia D'El Rey Golf.  Located in a quiet residential development surrounded by pine and eucalyptus woodlands. Regular size pool and a kids pool, it also has a playground for the kids.  Large house, accomodates up to 8 guests. The spacious townhouse has a stylish living room and dining room with fireplace and full fitted kitchen. There are a total of 4 bedrooms, it sleeps 8 people. The townhouse also has 3 bathrooms, one with a massage tub, 1 is in the master bedroom. All bedrooms have balconies, the master bedroom's balcony oversees the pool. Sleeps 8.
Nazare Penthouse Apartment (Ref: 63024) Self catering apartment in Nazare
Sleeps 4/6. 2 bedroom penthouse apartment with private extended terrace overlooking the shared pool and garden. 10 mins walk into Nazare town and beautiful beaches. Open novelty train ride with tour guide. Nazare Water Park 1km. Nazare Marina 1.5km.local pubs and resturants.local indoor swimming pool 10 min. walk. Exceptionally spacious T2 penthouse apartment situated in the traditional fishing village of Nazare (Sitio), set within a quiet location offering spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. 10 mins walk to the outstanding beautiful beaches. Two very large sun terraces offering sunshine from dawn till dusk, one terrace gives views over the shared pool while the other offers extended panoramic views over the beautiful beach of Nazare. A fantastic size lounge with widescreen TV and dining area. Two spacious bedrooms, modern fully equipped bathroom with mains power shower, fully fitted cherry Shaker style kitchen with all electrical appliances.  Sleeps 6.
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