Highlights in central Portugal
Located just a short drive from Campsite Quinta da Cerejeira is Tomar. Famous for its impressive medieval castle, the Convento de Cristo. This monastery, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is a masterpiece of architecture and history. The city itself boasts charming cobbled streets, squares, and traditional markets.
Coimbra is a university city located on the banks of the Mondego River. In the city, at the highest point, you’ll find the oldest university (founded in 1290) in Europe. The university buildings are renowned for their architecture, especially the university tower and the adjacent world-famous Biblioteca Joanina, an 18th-century library that is definitely worth a visit.
But there are more cities in central Portugal
With an imposing castle that rises high above the city, Abrantes offers a beautiful view of the surrounding valley. In addition to the castle, there are also charming squares, churches, and museums to explore.
This picturesque town is located at the confluence of the Zêzere and Tejo (Tagus) rivers. Constância is known for its beautiful riverside landscape, historic buildings, and poetic associations with the famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões.
With an imposing castle that towers high above the town, Abrantes offers a stunning view of the surrounding valley. In addition to the castle, there are also charming squares, churches, and museums to explore.
Vila de Rei
This city is surrounded by picturesque hilly landscapes and is an excellent place for outdoor sports enthusiasts and nature hikes. The Penedo Furado waterfall and the nearby Santa Luzia dam are popular spots for relaxation and recreation.
With its rich history and medieval architecture, Ourem is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an authentic Portuguese experience. The Castelo de Ourém is an imposing medieval castle that is not only architecturally interesting but also offers a beautiful panorama of the surrounding hills and valleys. In Ourem, you will also find the Nossa Senhora do Pranto Sanctuary. This sanctuary, perched on a hilltop, provides a spectacular view of the surrounding area and the reservoir. It is an important religious site and a great place for contemplation and photography.
Lago Azul is just a few kilometers away from Campsite Quinta da Cerejeira and is a delightful place to spend the day. This should definitely be on the list for ‘sightseeing central Portugal’. Here, you are right by the reservoir and can rent a motorboat, go canoeing, or use the free designated natural swimming area in the lake. There is also a designated pool for the little ones.