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Discover the district of Guarda, an unforgettable destination where historic monuments lead to the beginnings of the nation. Founded in the twelfth century by the second king of Portugal, D. Sancho I, Guard is part of the mountainous landscape of the Serra da Estrela and is considered the highest city in the country, imposing an impressive height of 1056 meters. The Tower is the highest peak of the Sierra (1993 meters) and the highest in continental Portugal, and hosts the famous ski resort of Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela. Nearby are the picturesque mountain villages of Seia and butter, splendid locations at any time of year, whether you prefer skiing the beautiful slopes covered with snow or walking quietly along the river Zêzere. Known for its important role during the Middle Ages, Guard still retains many of its colossal castles that once fortified the country. These can be visited in the castle towns like Figueira, Pinhel and Almeida. Do not miss the Castle and the Castle of Sabugal Sortelha symbols maximum military-inspired style that characterizes these monumental structures. Trancoso is one of the most interesting cities in the district of Guarda, thanks to its numerous religious monuments, the medieval Jewish quarter and its rustic and traditional. Travel back in time, beyond the Middle Ages, and visit the fascinating Archaeological Park of Foz Coa - a site that houses the largest collection of prints in the open air Palaeolithic from around the world.
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