Top things to do in Guarda

Portuguese in Guarda

Restaurante Belo Horizonte

Granite-fronted Belo Horizonte comes highly recommended by locals. It does a great line in regional specialities such as cabrito grelhado (grilled kid). The solicitous husband-and-wife team here do everything right.…
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…
Seafood in Guarda

O Caçador

Since 1985 this buzzy spot has been drawing in dinner guests with a happy red neon sign and a glass-walled front room vaguely reminiscent of Parisian brasseries. O Caçador, despite its name (the hunter), specialises…
Theatre in Guarda

Teatro Municipal da Guarda

Guarda’s shiny theatre complex, a boxy modern building of greyish-green glass just south of the historic centre, regularly hosts high-quality theatre, dance and music, including frequent international acts.
Bar in Guarda

Praça Velha

This cute little place is a fine spot for free wi-fi or an evening drink while you wait for the late-openers to get their act together. There's pleasant outdoor seating in a great location.
Portuguese in Guarda

Restaurante A Floresta

This snug, friendly and elegant place serves hearty regional cuisine, including the marvellous chouriçada, a heaping portion of grilled sausages from the nearby Serra da Estrela.
Cafe in Guarda

O Bule

This lovely, traditional cafe near the cathedral specialises in local pastries, including delicious queijadas (sheep’s milk tarts) in a variety of flavours.
Bar in Guarda

Aqui Jazz

Attracts arty types with live jazz in its attractive stone-walled interior.