Historic Villages of Portugal Tour

Belmonte, Caria, Castelo Novo, Idanha-a-Velha, Monsanto, Sortelha - Portugal




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Discover what the most authentic Portugal has to offer you. Feel the shared and genuine welcome of the people of each region, every street, every place. The door is always open to enter and enjoy secular traditions and pages of History. Get to know the castles, museums, and historic manor houses.
Private tour from 2.820€ for 2 persons
For more than 2 persons, please ask for a quote


Historic Villages of Portugal

The historic Villages of Portugal tour has so much to tell you. We selected the six most beautiful ones: Belmonte, Sortelha, Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha, Caria, and Castelo Novo.

Our historic Portugal tour starts with Sortelha, Vila de Touro castles, formed in the 13th century, creating a defensive line at Alto Côa. Next, we went up to Torre de Mensagem. We enjoyed a beautiful view over Cova da Beira Valley and Serra da Estrela. Our Historic villages of Portugal tour continues now at the Church of São Tiago Panteão dos Cabrais, a group classified as a national monument. We also highlight in this historical tour a tomb ark that symbolically holds Pedro Álvares Cabral's ashes. A beautiful historic Manueline window, a redwood cross replica, which Pedro Álvares Cabral would have incorporated in the Land of Vera Cruz.

"(...) everything here is greatness, but for Sortelha village of sortilégio, you will not find easy comparison".

"Castelo Novo is one of the most touching memories for travelers. Maybe one day I'll come back, maybe never, maybe even avoid coming back, just because there are experiences that don't repeat themselves".

History, culture, and old traditions

We continue our tour of Historical Villages of Portugal. At Lucano Tower, where we see a (silver cock replica) that reminds those visiting Monsanto that this village, years ago, won the "most Portuguese village" award. Other historical towns will exist throughout Portugal, equally beautiful, unique, but historical Monsanto with granite hills enchants. Monsanto, Portugal's most Portuguese historical village, was a Lusitanian Castro famous for its resistance against Romans who besieged them for seven years. Today, the day of the celebration is (May 3). The population threw a calf at the Romans to say they were healthy, still ready for another seven years. It won't be one calf but a pitcher decorated with roses.

Historical villages rise with haughty granite hills. They keep memories of bloody battles and festivities and royal weddings. Search on the horizon line threats from the east because some say neither good wind nor good marriage from that side.

On our private tour, meet people, go and discover Portugal villages, and immerse yourself in the local historical culture. Learn about different lifestyles by finding what's most authentic in Portugal. Then, come with us to enjoy Portugal's scenic area, the Beira region. To finish our tour throughout Portugal, have a wine tasting, a bite of local cheese, or maybe have some local olive oil.

If you are interested in Jewish Heritage in this region of Portugal, we can also guide you through the Jewish Rural Portugal Tour or take you on the Old Jewish Quarters Tour.

Private tour from 2.820€ for 2 persons
For more than 2 persons, please ask for a quote

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  • Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
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  • Lisbon airport, hotel and cruise transfers to and from all destinations in Portugal
  • Transport up to 8 adult passengers
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Changes and Cancellations by Real Embrace Portugal

Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities or services described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the booking do to weather and/or other conditions. Any changes are usually very minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change, such as change in departure time, becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible your tours begins. When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available tour from us, or cancelling your tour. If booking is cancelled we will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the tour price. We will not refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only tours, travel insurance, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings for multiday tours, group tours and packages with Real Embrace Portugal, considering the situation of exception that we live, refunds will be made up to 24 hours before in case the customer cancels the tour. Cancellation requests must be made by email.

Changes made by clients

Any changes made after booking confirmation will not be refundable, and the resulting costs will be considered extras and paid by the customer.

Tours - Spoken languages

  • Our tours are spoken in portuguese, english, spanish and french.

Tour - several days

  • Private – Our tours are always private (just you and guide/driver);
  • Custom-made – The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences;
  • Tour Lenght – Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel);
  • Schedule: flexible according to customers’ needs;
  • Minimum group of 2 people and maximum 8 people;
  • The values ​​indicated are per person and vary depending on the number of people;
  • For larger groups contact by email [email protected];
  • Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget;

Covid-19 Prevention Measures

Relevant information for groups: Our tours are private.
  • Covid-19 vaccination required for our guides;
  • Our drivers have safety and health training;
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to passengers by driver every time before entering the vehicle;
  • The driver will wear a face mask at all times and will keep a safe distance from customers avoiding close contact, handshakes, etc.;
  • Luggage will only be handle with customers authorization;
  • The driver will use sanitizing products to continually clean the main contact areas inside and outside the vehicle (handles,seat belts, etc.);
  • For safety reasons our vehicles will not provide magazines and water bottles. We apologize for this inconvenience;
  • Upon completion of each tour, our cleaning team will carry out a thorough cleaning with anti-bacterial products.

Tour Plan

Day 1 - Sleeping in Belmonte Lisbon, Belmonte

Schedule: 8:30h

We arrive in Belmonte and take a walking tour of the historic center.

Day 2 - Sleeping in Belmonte Belmonte, Caria, Sortelha

Schedule: 9:00h

Visit to the Vila of Belmonte to include the historical center, Castle. Museum of the Discoveries, Olive Oil museum. Walking tour through the historical center.

Time now to visit one of the most beautiful Historical Villages in Portugal, Sortelha. Includes a walking tour inside the Medieval Village.

Visit to Caria and it's Casa da Torre with different thematic historical exibitions. Includes to a visit to the Casa da Roda.

Day 3 - Sleeping in Monfortinho Castelo Novo, Monsanto

Schedule: 9:00h

This is a very ancient site, with a history of human presence since the Paleolithic. Conquered from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165 and granted to the Order of the Knights Templar. Visit to the historical village of Monsanto to include a walking tour and a private performance of the ladies playing the Adufe, a peculiar musical instrument with Arab origins.

On the way to Lisbon we visit Idanha-a-Velha Despite its small size, Idanha-a-Velha is a charming village and one of the oldest of the Historical Villages of Portugal. Its history dates back to the 1st century BC, when it was known as "Egitânia". It passed through Roman and Muslim hands until it was reconquered in the 13th century by Christians.

Day 4 - Sleeping in Lisbon Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha, Lisbon

Schedule: 9:00h

Monsanto is a very old place, where traces of human presence date back to the Paleolithic period. It was conquered from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165 and granted to the Order of the Templars. We will visit the historic village with an emphasis on its typical houses built in granite. Unique opportunity to watch a private performance by the ladies playing the Adufe, a peculiar musical instrument of Arab origin.

On the way to Lisbon we stop in Idanha-a-Velha which Despite its small size, it is a charming village and one of the oldest of the Historical Villages of Portugal. Its history dates back to the 1st century BC, when it was known as "Egitania". It passed through the Roman and Muslim domains until being reconquered in the 13th century by the Christians.
Return to Lisbon

Day 5 - Lisbon

Transfer to Lisbon airport

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