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Land of Pedro Álvares Cabral, located in the middle of Cova da Beira and with a wide view over the eastern slope of Serra da Estrela, the town of Belmonte fully justifies the characteristics that gave it its name. Tradition says that the name Belmonte comes from the place where the town stands (Monte Belo or Belo Monte). However, there are those who attribute its origins to “belli monte” – war hill. Sunny land, good people, endless landscapes and a centuries-old history.

Castelo Mendo

An old town with a marked medieval appearance, it is made up of two very distinct nuclei: the old town, with an original foundation, made up of a castle, a church in ruins, and traces of medieval urbanism, all of them surrounded by a 12th century wall; and the new town, or Arrabalde de S. Pedro, protected by a wall built during the reign of D. Dinis, with marked Gothic characteristics, and heavily affected by the 1755 earthquake.

Linhares da Beira is a medieval village from the 12th century, Linhares da Beira has a unique architectural and artistic diversity, the result of the legacy of several eras. In 1169, it received its first charter, granted by D. Afonso Henriques. But it was only later, during the reign of D. Dinis, that its imposing Castle was erected, the village's landmark and main visiting card today. Wandering through the streets of this museum village is like taking an excursion into the past, its history, and feeling the breeze from the Mondego Valley caressing your face.

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