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Guarda Travel Guide

Guarda History

Granted its Charter in 1197 by Dom Sancho this city acted as a strong fortified border town to protect the Portuguese from the successive invading incursions of the Spanish forces. It is written that when the King, Dom Joao I, first visited the town he fell in love with an attractive daughter of a Jewish shoemaker. Her name was Ines Fernandes and from their union was born a son Afonso who was later to be given the title of the Duque de Braganca.

It was through this son that 200 years later his descendants acquired the throne of Portugal. In the Peninsular War the town of Guarda was sacked by the French invading army and then used later as an important base for the defending forces under the leadership of the Duke of Wellington.


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