The tourist region Beiras
Beiras is the traditional name of the area south of the Douro river and north of the Tagus. It is an area with a lot of contrasts: the Atlantic coastline with a temperate climate, white sandy beaches and the Atlantic pine forests and the interior where mountains and rocks set the tone.
There are many places of interest to visit, just an hour drive away, such as:
The 18th century royal hunting lodge of Buçaco. There is also an old Carmelite monastery and magical forest with around 700 varieties of trees. Many of them were brought to Europe by Portuguese explorers from Africa and the New World. Outside the forest wall there is a small museum dedicated to the Peninsular War.
Coimbra is set by the Mondego river and has one of the oldest universities of Europe. Especially the University Library is worth a visit. Coimbra has an old and very lively centre, but there are also more than a few big shopping malls.
Viseu has an old centre. The city’s fine Romanesque/Gothic cathedral dates from 830 AD. The museum, installed in the old Episcopal palace, shows some of the masterpieces of the painter Grão Vasco and paintings of other painters of the period known as the School of Viseu.
Conimbriga is the largest Roman settlement in Portugal. The city walls are largely intact, and the mosaic floors and foundations of many houses and public buildings remain. The site also has a museum that displays objects found by archaeologists during their excavations.
Figueira da Foz is a coastal city at the Atlantic Ocean with a beautiful boulevard and very large beaches. In the vicinity you can also visit the Salinas and the rice fields , where lots of birds can be seen..
Serra da Estrela. Mountain range of which the Torre is the highest point (2000m and also the highest point of the Portuguese mainland). Unique because you can drive by car over the top of the mountain. It is a wonderful place to explore. There is plenty to see and do. Dramatic crags and ravines makes this area a stunningly beautiful drive or hike.