THE REGION

Swimming pool of Castelo Rodrigo

Swimming pool of Castelo Rodrigo

500 meters from the House of Amendoeira. Cost of use.

BETWEEN VALLEYS

BETWEEN VALLEYS

... of the rivers Côa, Douro and Águeda borns the region that inspires us. Nowadays this territory belongs Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo municipal town, comprises a large part (North zone) of the old historical region of Riba Côa. This vast plateau once belonged to the” Leonese Extremadura”, guarded by the high hills of Marofa, was decisive for more than 800 years ago in the definition of the current Portuguese and Spanish borders.

IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA

IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA

Although situated in the deep countryside of Portugal and distant from the great urban centers of the Iberian Peninsula, the municipal town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is becoming to put itself on the center of (Coimbra, Porto, Salamanca, Valladolid).

HIST. VILLAGE OF CASTELO RODRIGO

HIST. VILLAGE OF CASTELO RODRIGO

Castelo Rodrigo was one of the most important strategic places of the remote history of these stops, and served as an advanced line in the defense of the kingdom of Portugal. The foundation of this settlement goes back to the time of the Túrdulos that, 500 years B C, would have inhabited the region. The Arabs were another people that passed here, but it was the Roman occupation, from the first century AD that left a greater legacy throughout this area.

ARCH. PARK OF THE CÔA VALLE

ARCH. PARK OF THE CÔA VALLE

Successive discoveries since 1994 of new cores and engraved panels, in several places on both borders of Côa river, and in some of their river-sides, even in the Douro itself, have forced a wide territorial demarcation of the area that was constituted as the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley. However, with the deepening of archaeological research in the region, first through the former National Center of rock Art and more recently the archaeological park.

VALLEY OF THE CÔA

VALLEY OF THE CÔA

In the mountains of northeastern Portugal, a region of extensive olive groves, where in early spring (February and March) almond trees flourish and in autumn (September and October) the vines are covered with leaves of fire, runs to the Douro river a tributary whose The name became universal: it is the Côa, which encloses an expressive artistic cycle along the valley. Millenium after millennium, shale rocks that delimit their bed have been converted into panels of art.

FAIA BRAVA RESERVATION

FAIA BRAVA RESERVATION

In Faia Brava reserve, nature is the most important value. There are about 850 hectares exclusively for nature conservation, with actions that have focus on ecological restoration, through the valuation of habitats, increasing food availability of the most endangered species and forest management.

DOURO INTERN. NATURAL PARK

DOURO INTERN. NATURAL PARK

Although it was created with the main objective of protecting the geological phenomenon constituted by the canyon formed by the rivers Douro and Águeda and the community of rupicolous birds that nests there, the territory of the Natural Park of the International Douro (PNDI) has enormous wealth in terms of natural values, from endemic species of flora to colonies of bats, from priority habitats to spiders ...

HISTORICAL VILLAGES

HISTORICAL VILLAGES

Historical Villages are ancient urban nucleus with that exist before the Portuguese nation was created, of great historical importance. They are usually situated in highlands, since they constituted centers of defense of the populations that settled there, even before the Roman denomination. They are famous, for their military architecture, since the majority is surrounded by walls and develops next to a castle. The Historical Villages Program, was formulated by the Portuguese gov. in 1991.