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)
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) (***)
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) (***)