Portugal is a country with a rich heritage and history. Far from the cities, hide unusual places. The historic villages of Portugal, located in the Center region, are full of architectural surprises that are linked to the history of the country. Thanks to this article, discover the essential historic villages that add color to Portugal.
The three main places most people think of when they are told about Portugal are: Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve. Portugal does not stop there. In total, 12 historic villages, with different features, are to be discovered without further delay.
Monsanto This village of about 1000 inhabitants has a unique charm due to its medieval and atypical style. Built on the top of a hill, Monsanto was elected in 1938 the "most Portuguese village in Portugal". Its particularity is based on the construction of granite houses and on its very rocky terrain. Indeed, in some houses, the rocks serve as a wall, even a roof. Conquered by the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques, the village of Monsanto then belonged to the Templar Order and then to the Romans who crowned the village with a castle located at the top of the hill on which Monsanto settled .
Sortelha The village of Sortelha rises to an altitude of 760 meters on a rocky outcrop located near the "Serra da Opa". Medieval architecture is still present as evidenced by the granite houses, the castle built in 1228 by D. Sancho and its walls built by D. Dinis, which still protect the walls of the village today. Several monuments adorn this village. The old Hospital of Mercy, the Church of Mercy, the Way of the Cross "Via Sacra", the chapels, the solariums as well as the two emblematic rocks of the village: "Pedra do Beijo" and "Cabeça da Velha" are to have.
Castelo Rodrigo The village of Castelo Rodrigo, located in the Guarda district, has retained its medieval style. It was in 1297 that the Treaty of Alcanizes tore the village from the hands of the Kingdom of Leão (Spain). Castelo Rodrigo still has its protective walls. You can visit the ruins of the palace of Cristóvão de Moura, the parish church, the medieval cistern and finally the 11th century pillory. Following next week