Welcome to Guarda
Forte, farta, fria, fiel e formosa (strong, rich, cold, loyal and handsome): such is the popular description of Portugal’s highest fully-fledged city. Perched on a steep hill, Guarda was founded in 1197 to guard young Portugal against both Moors and Spaniards (hence the name). Nowadays, its small, granite old town with its majestic cathedral is a delightful place to spend an afternoon.
The historic part of the city is at the top of the hill, roughly 5km from the main A25 road and train station. The bus station is closer to the action, about 800m southeast (downhill) of the old town.