Places of Interest in Central Portugal

Central Portugal is filled with exciting, interesting places to explore. Below, you’ll find just some of the incredible locations that are well worth discovering when you stay in our attractive holiday accommodation.

Castle of Penela

Castle of Penela is located in Penela Municipality in Coimbra District. The Castle was built on a hill dominating the area and used to be a stronghold protecting Coimbra in times of the reconguista.The Castle of Penela and the neighboring castle Montemor-o-Velho are both fine examples of defensive structures of that period.

This historically important and interesting Castle is just a 20 minute drive from your apartment and as it is on the way to the Roman ruins of Cominbriga, you may consider making a full day of it and visit both.

The town of Penela has some very nice restaurants, bars and cafés so why not stop off for some refreshments..

Coimbra University Unesco City

Among the many archaeological structures dating back to the Roman era, when Coimbra was the settlement of Aeminium, are its well-preserved aqueduct and cryptoporticus. Similarly, buildings from the period when Coimbra was the capital of Portugal (from 1131 to 1255) still remain. During the Late Middle Ages, with its decline as the political centre of the Kingdom of Portugal, Coimbra began to evolve into a major cultural centre. This was in large part helped by the establishment the University of Coimbra in 1290, the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. Apart from attracting many European and international students, the university is visited by many tourists for its monuments and history. Its historical buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2013: "Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages."


Conímbriga is one of the largest Roman settlements excavated in Portugal, and was classified as a National Monument in 1910. Located in the civil parish of Condeixa it is situated 2 kilometers from the municipal seat and 16 kilometres from Coimbra.

Conímbriga is a walled urban settlement, encircled by a curtain of stone structures approximately 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) long.

A visitors' centre (which includes restaurant/café and gift-shop) was constructed to display objects found by archaeologists during their excavations, including coins, surgical tools, utensils and ceramics.

This very interesting place is just a 30 minute drive from your apartment. Why not also visit the fine restaurant there.


The mediaeval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens’ Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. This is one of the main reasons for the high concentration of churches in this small place. You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.

I can’t recommend Obidos highly enough, whilst you’re there and if you have any energy left, why not also have a meal or a snack at any one of the beach restaurant’s at the wonderful resort of Peniche, just a short distance from Obidos.

Castle of Pombal

Around 1128, the Castle of Pombal, site of a former Roman Castro and Arab fortress, was donated to the Knights Templar by Alfonso Henriques in order to defend Coimbra.

This is a very tourist friendly place to visit with good access to exhibits and views.

Pombal Castle is just a 30 minute drive from your apartment.
The town itself is a nice place to visit with good shopping facilities, bars, restaurants and cafés

From the train station in Pombal you can travel to places of interest such as Lisbon and Porto (both just 90 minutes) Coimbra, Tomar and Fatima within 30 minutes and in fact all over Portugal and into Spain.

Tomar Castle and Convent a UNESCO World Heritage site

The building of the castle began on March 1st, 1160. That date has become the “Day of Tomar.” The building was an issue of military strategy since it was necessary to establish a fort that could defend the borderlands with the Muslim regions.

Visiting Tomar has to be high on your things to do and places to see list, when staying at one of our apartments.

Travel time by road only 45 minutes o take a train from Pombal station.

Contact us today, for more information about the activities surrounding our attractive holiday apartments.