Guarda attractions

Historic Site in Guarda

Old Town

With its 16th- to 18th-century mansions and its overpowering cathedral, Praça Luís de Camões is the town’s centrepiece. Plenty of medieval atmosphere survives in the cobblestone lanes and huddled houses north of the…
Museum in Guarda

Museu da Guarda

The museum occupies the severe, 17th-century Episcopal Seminary, adjacent to the old bishop’s palace. The collection runs from Bronze Age swords to Roman coins, from Renaissance sculpture to 19th- and 20th-century P…
Cathedral in Guarda

Powerful in its sobriety, this grey Gothic fortress squats heavily over the central square. The earliest parts date from 1390 but it's also dotted with Manueline and Renaissance ornamentation. The most striking feat…
Gate in Guarda

Porta d'El Rei

This massive gate was one of the entry/exit points in the vast walls of Guarda's defensive system and was the means by which people and products could enter/leave the Estrada da Beira, one of the country's major rou…
Tower in Guarda

Torre dos Ferreiros

Of the town's old walls and gates, the stalwart Torre dos Ferreiros is still in good condition. Two other surviving gates are the Porta d'El Rei, the ancient steps of which you can still climb, and the Porta da Erva…
Gallery in Guarda

Paço da Cultura

Adjacent to the Museu da Guarda, in the 18th-century courtyard, the handsome Paço da Cultura features temporary art exhibitions. Check out its beautiful patio.
Gate in Guarda

Porta da Erva

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