Guarda attractions

Old Town in Guarda

Old Town

A handsome quarter of cobblestone lanes and huddled houses, Guarda's hilltop centre fans out from Praça Luís de Camões. This sloping square is flanked by 16th- to 18th-century mansions and the town's dramatic cathed…
Cathedral in Guarda

Powerful in its sobriety, this grey Gothic massif looms heavily over the central square. The earliest parts of the cathedral date from 1390 but it's dotted with Manueline and Renaissance ornamentation. The most stri…
Museum in Guarda

Museu da Guarda

Housed in the severe 17th-century Episcopal Seminary, Guarda's main museum showcases an eclectic collection of archaeological finds, artworks and early books. Exhibits range from prehistoric flints to illustrated 16…
Tower in Guarda

Torre de Menagem

This 14th-century tower, originally the keep of Guarda's castle, stands on the highest point in town. You can't go into the tower but even from the base there are sweeping views over the city's rooftops and down to …
Tower in Guarda

Torre dos Ferreiros

A local landmark, this robust rectangular tower is one of the most visible features of the town's medieval defences. It was originally built to protect a gateway known as the Porta dos Ferreiros. It's closed to the …
Gate in Guarda

Porta d'El Rei

This arched gateway framed one of the original portals in Guarda's vast defensive walls. It connected the town with routes to Covilhã and Celorico, from where the Estrada da Beira, one of Portugal's main medieval ro…
Gallery in Guarda

Paço da Cultura

Adjacent to the Museu da Guarda, the Paço da Cultura stages temporary exhibitions in a suite of rooms off an 18th-century courtyard.
Gate in Guarda

Porta da Erva

One of several city gates, the Porta da Erva was constructed in the 13th century. It was originally known as the Estrela Gate.