Portugal travel guide



Guarda Travel Guide

The city of Guarda

Guarda is the highest town in Portugal, standing 1000 m. above the sea. Founded in the 20th century by King Sancho I, the city has interesting historic sights, including stretches of the citywalls and three of the main gates. The cathedral is worth a visit as well.

In the 1850’s it was nicknamed othe city F 4Fs, "Fria, Farta, Forte e Feia" (cold, well-supplied, strong and ugly). The main church was begun in 1390 and completed as a building around of 1540. The stern outward appearance belies the graceful and airy interior.

The altarpiece was created in 1552 by Jean de Rouen and consists of 100 carefully carved figures. The nearby Municipal Museum exhibits a collection of paintings and local archaeological finds together with works relating to the town's famous poet Augusto Gil. The main square named Praca Velha, the Rua dos Cléricos and the Judiaria are all worthwhile a visit as many of the buildings date from the 14th Century. The total number of inhabitants is approximately 26.000.

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