12 Historic Villages of Portugal in the Central Region are in odd places Turismo de Portugal

As 12 Historic Villages spaces are magnificent, an odd beauty, even in international context. These towns, where the stone is owner and lady (almost all granite), are carregadinhas of legends, Mysteries, landscape beauty, history and art. Some of them were of great historical importance in the definition of our territory and almost all of them (the exception Piodão) are placed at high points with its military architecture, shaped in defensive fences and Castles. The Program Historical Villages, that implemented programs for their recovery and, was launched by the Portuguese government in 1991, having been chosen 10 villages, all of them in Beira Interior, in the districts of Guarda, White Castle and one in the District of Coimbra (Piódão).
In 2003, were added two villages: Belmonte and Trancoso.
In 1991, when distributing the program, Castelo Bom was also rated Historical Village, but for unknown reasons and policies, was replaced at the last minute by Piódão (and this being gorgeous tem distinct characteristics of all other – is made of schist, no castle or defensive about and is already in the district of Coimbra).
The program was implemented in the Second Community Support Framework (1994-1999) and depth during the next Quadro (2000-2006).
Some locations carry the status of village and city is.
It is a tourist product of excellence that has been forgotten by the Portuguese.
12 Historic Villages of Portugal (Central Region)
1-Almeida (***)
2-Belmonte (**)
3-Castelo Mendo (Almeida) (**)
4-New Castle (Precipice) (**)
5-Castelo Rodrigo (**)
6-Idanha-a-Velha (Idanha-a-Nova) (**)
7-Linhares da Beira (Celorico da Beira) (***)
8-Marialva (Meda) (***)
9-Monsanto (Idanha-a-Nova) (***)
10-Piódão (Arganil) (**)
11-Sortelha (Sambucus) (***)
12-Trancoso (***)

Thether provinces in the central region that should have been part of the program of Historic Villages of Portugal:
1-Village Algodres (*)
2-Vilar Maior (Sambucus) (*)
3-Grandfather (Oliveira do Hospital) (*)
4-Castelo Bom (Almeida) (*)
5-Cidadelhe (Pinhel) (***)

7 Comments 12 Historic Villages of Portugal in the Central Region are in odd places Turismo de Portugal

  1. Nuno Soares says:

    Dear Castile,
    The program of "Historic Villages" was actually an initiative of excellence and should be continued. It is a good example of the kind of initiatives that can contribute to sustainable development of the interior.
    Personally, I think the inclusion of the city of Trancoso and villages de Almeida Belmonte was unreasonable and. Are, obviously, places of enormous historical significance and heritage (I visit often and with great pleasure), but do not fit the concept of "village", distorting the basic philosophy of the program. On the other side are localities with their own potential for attracting investment and tour operators who lack the real villages. Those, No such programs, hardly have opportunities for recovery and development, therefore should be subject to positive discrimination ...
    On the other hand, I believe that the program could have bet in places with more diverse characteristics, making the most representative and enriching set for visitors. Except for Piodão, repeats an established standard in fortified medieval cores, when abound in the region historic villages with another kind of "deals", the level of landscapes, the archaeological heritage, built and artistic, Traditions, No ... not excluding the real villages that joined the program (all of them excellent choices), duty would, I think, have bet on including (at least) half a dozen villages with different characteristics, as suggested that some.
    Many congratulations on this post, it disseminates, as it says, a tourist product of excellence whose success has been, unfortunately, short of what is desirable.
    A hug,
    NS
    (P.S. – register of interests: not to those who know, I have pugnado registration by including the village of Algodres (conc. Furnace Algodres) the cast of "Historic Villages").

  2. Al Cardoso says:

    Dear Defender of the Interior:
    Knew your page, gave it to me to meet a friend, and very good in my opinion and congratulations address, also thank you for your visit to my humble spaces.
    As for your suggestion about the village of Algodres, I do not know whether it refers to Algodres, municipality Ovens d'Algodres, or if the Algodre, municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, anyway both one and the other merit. Although how should I calculate the pugne more ancient village of Algodres now a fairly well-preserved village with lots of history and, unfortunately that was tilted in favor of Belmonte and Trancoso, the first a village and the second city.
    And if to ask: the program of the "Historic Villages" and the villages or towns and cities?
    But as for the politicians that count are the votes, hair and my sites (Fornos of Algodres) are increasingly less!
    A hug dalgodrense.

  3. Castile:
    Congratulations on posting! It never hurts to talk about the Historic Villages of Portugal. Villages are gorgeous unaware that many Portuguese. It is high time to move them to the discovery.
    A hug, Susana

  4. Castile says:

    Dear Nuno
    Thanks for helping me to complete the post as well, with their wise words. Now it is up to us all to think and act mainly in the dissemination of these 12 tourist pearls that can be an anchor in the development of the entire Beira Interior. Some of these villages are completely abandoned without any infrastructure to support tourism. I speak for example Castle Mendo, it even has prime location.
    As for the remaining six villages that have not entered the program, perhaps the parish councils can unite to achieve achieve such status.
    The wall holds Mercy may have been the tower / castle wall of some, I confess that it was dark the last time I was in Algodres, and could not look at brands in construction stones. But it is strange Mercy have been built up and have taken the trouble to build that platform, will already be there? What a beautiful gazebo and requalificássemos we would if we opened the back of the church that! And the sixteenth century paintings are quality?
    Caro Al Cardoso tb. I follow your blog with great interest and thank you for your words. One would Algodres Castle? And you already know all 12 historic villages of Portugal?
    Hello Susana your blog is wonderful and calls and how our readers to visit our historic villages
    Olá Heliana.
    Noticed the magnificent choir stalls in black walnut and rosewood from Brazil (*), one of the most spectacular of Portugal? I hope that I HAVE seen some of the Mirantes Penacova (*), about "our" river Mondego eating the famous pastries and Lorvão Nevadas, moreover the nuclei of windmills that are also notable. Welcome!

  5. Nuno Soares says:

    Dear Castile,
    Many thanks for the comment.
    Also I hope that the villages which states can be organized to promote sustainable development of hypotheses based on cultural tourism, nature and even adventure.
    The viewpoint of the rear of the Church of Mercy Algodres is indeed magnificent and should be valued. There are several other places in town that offer beautiful views as, for ex., the top of Comborço or "slab hangman", no Alto de S. John.
    The sixteenth-century paintings of the church of Algodres I believe are of great quality, but the best experts opinarão. It was learned recently that were selected for restoration, under a program of raising support mecenáticos, promoted by the Diocese of Viseu (which has a Department of Cultural Property quite dynamic).
    On the issue of having, or otherwise, existed a castle in Algodres, I believe that the entrenched local tradition that claims to have been a castle where is built the Mercy (which also preserves the micro-toponymy "castle") is entirely plausible.
    It is well known that incastelamento phenomenon occurred in the region during the Recapture (particularly from the end of the century. IX), and today there are no longer many of these castles (or only faint traces of them remain), even when it comes to castles that there are unmistakable documentary references (such as, for ex., mentioned some of the popular will of the Countess D. Flâmula, do séc. X). Now, taking into account the archaeological evidence of settlement at the time of Algodres (v., last, Article recently published in paragraph 4 magazine "Notes ..." available here: http://www.nia-era.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=32&Itemid=55 ) and the importance which then would have, consider it likely that the town has had a defensive stronghold since at least the time of the Reconquista, like others of this period are known in the vicinity (some even in uninhabited places subsequently). On the other hand, although Algodres appear in the documentation century. XII et seq. as the seat of an important parish and head of a vast county (and possibly a "Land" in documentary references indicate certain), being situated on the flank of the main roads in N / S and E / O will never have strategic importance to motivate investment in major fortifications in later times, it is probable that the castle has been progressively phased out, to have been eliminated by the construction of Mercy.
    The well was, case of a fortification of pre-Romanesque foundation and without significant renovations later, I think it is unlikely that avoidance of her stones with marks of construction. In the retaining wall at the rear of Mercy also never found. About possible relationships that wall to the missing castle, not here to dwell unnecessarily, allow me to refer to the view I expressed in a comment to an article put our friend Albino Cardoso's on this subject - v. here: http://dalgodres.blogspot.com/2007/11/o-castelo-de-algodres-ou-sua-memoria.html ).
    I renew my congratulations for the outstanding commitment that has put the defense and promotion of our heritage and I thank the dedicated to the "Land of Algodres" interest!
    A hug and wishes for end-of-week,
    NS

  6. José Carlos says:

    I would like to make known Alte. A beautiful village I met recently at Easter and is in the middle hills of the cauldron and I recommend a visit. Their website is also very cute and would give a good idea of ​​what you can find there http://www.visitealte.com
    Congratulations on your initiative

  7. António Duarte says:

    Dear Castile,
    Very interesting this approach. These historic villages have “well-trodden” long forgotten by the various government agencies that should be concerned with the preservation and wider dissemination.
    It would be very interesting to have a closer monitoring, through cultural tours, organized by someone who cares about this release and can show “in-locco”, the historical and cultural aspects' of each region.
    I also want to present the congratulations for this initiative.

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