The highest city of Portugal!
A splendid Territory, with more than 800 years of history, with so much to feel, to taste and to tread!
On November 27, 1199, the city of Guarda was founded – by means of a charter of D. Sancho I – with the purpose of serving as administrative center, commerce and defense of the border of Beira against the Realms of the Plateau From the center of the Iberian Peninsula: first, the Kingdom of Leon; Then Castile and finally Spain. It was this purpose that gave rise to the name of City of Guarda.
Heiress of a rich and unique cultural heritage, the Guarda encloses in its walls more than 800 years of History and it holds one of the most beautiful and best preserved patrimony built of all the country.
At the highest point of the city rises the Tower of Menagem, symbol maximum of all the defensive structure and sign of the courage of these people who throughout the centuries defended the Portuguese border. The Sé Catedral, true icon of the City, has constructive and aesthetic qualities that impose it as one of the major monuments of the whole history of Portuguese architecture.
The Municipality of Guarda is situated in the center of the Beira region, between Planalto Guarda-Sabugal and Serra da Estrela. This privileged location allows its approximately 712.11 km2 of area to be shared by the hydrographic basins of such important water courses as the Mondego, Zêzere and Côa Rivers.
At 1056 meters altitude, one of the most stunning District Capitals of Portugal, where air is considered the purest of the pure, and the most generous people of the good people! Recognized as the City of 5 F: Farta (Full), (Forte) Strong, (Fria) Cold, (Fiel) Faithful, (Formosa) Beautiful, the City of Guarda enchants us on arrival, fascinates us in the stay and embraces us in the departure.