Perched high in Portugal's northeast region, Guarda proudly claims the title of the country's highest city. With its panoramic vistas, rich history, and granite-stone charm, Guarda is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Read more

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Founded in the 12th century, Guarda exudes a timeless allure. Its altitude, at over 1,000 meters, ensures breathtaking views of the surrounding Serra da Estrela mountains and gives it a unique, crisp climate. The city is a mosaic of historical eras, with medieval walls, Manueline windows, and Renaissance-era fountains. Guarda’s cathedrals and churches showcase its longstanding religious significance, while its bustling squares reflect the city's enduring vibrancy. Beyond its historical tapestry, Guarda is a gateway to the natural splendors of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, Portugal's largest protected area.
Guarda, though often overshadowed by Portugal's coastal cities, offers a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Its elevated location provides not just impressive vistas but also a perspective on the diverse tapestry of the nation's inland regions.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Guarda

Guarda Cathedral (Sé da Guarda)

A stunning Gothic cathedral known for its impressive facade and Manueline decorative elements.

Igreja da Misericórdia

A beautiful 17th-century church showcasing ornate azulejos (tiles) and intricate wooden ceilings.

Old Jewish Quarter

Wander through the narrow alleys that once formed the heart of the city's Jewish community, hinting at its Sephardic history.

City Walls and Gates

Remnants of the medieval fortifications that once protected Guarda.

Museu da Guarda

Explore the city's history, art, and culture through various exhibits housed in this museum.

Torre dos Ferreiros

A well-preserved watchtower offering panoramic views of the city and the vast landscapes beyond.

Solar dos Póvoas

A remarkable 17th-century mansion illustrating the architectural style of that period.

Serra da Estrela Natural Park

A nature lover's paradise with trails, glacial valleys, and diverse fauna and flora.


A nearby historic town, worth a visit for its rich history and medieval allure.


A short drive away, this town is renowned for its Jewish heritage and the intriguing story of crypto-Jews in Portugal.

What else to visit
In and around Guarda

Covilha (36.56 km)

Nestled at the foot of the Serra da Estrela mountains, Covilhã beckons with its historic charm and nature's bounty. Once the heart of Portugal's wool industry, today's Covilhã seamlessly blends its rich heritage with the allure of mountain adventures.

Viseu (54.79 km)

Nestled in the heart of Portugal's Dão wine region, Viseu is a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, where medieval architecture coexists with vibrant culture. A hidden gem, it beckons with scenic beauty and a rich historic tapestry.

Lamego (76.45 km)

Lamego, nestled in the fertile Douro valley, is a radiant blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty. Here, baroque architecture meets verdant vineyards, creating a tapestry of Portugal's rich heritage and winemaking legacy.

Castelo Branco (83.27 km)

Journey into the heart of Portugal's Beira Baixa region to discover Castelo Branco, a city where history, nature, and artistry intertwine. Unearth ancient tales, marvel at Baroque gardens, and indulge in regional specialties.

Coimbra (105.71 km)

Ancient heart of Portugal at Coimbra, a city of scholars, serenades, and stories. From its revered university's hilltop perch to its maze-like medieval alleys, Coimbra elegantly balances tradition with the vibrancy of its youthful population.

Aveiro (119.23 km)

Glimmering canals, vibrant moliceiro boats, and a labyrinth of cobbled streets - welcome to Aveiro, Portugal's enchanting "Venice of the North".

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