Welcome to Trancoso

Although it’s predominantly a medieval creation, the town’s castle also features a rare, intact Moorish tower, while just outside the walls are what are believed to be Visigothic tombs.

Dinis underscored the importance of this border fortress by marrying the saintly Dona Isabel of Aragon here in 1282. But the town’s favourite son is Bandarra, a lowly 16th-century shoemaker and fortune-teller who put official noses out of joint by foretelling the end of the Portuguese monarchy.

Sure enough, shortly after Bandarra’s death, the young Dom Sebastião died, heirless, in the disastrous Battle of Alcácer-Quibir in 1558. Soon afterwards, Portugal fell under Spanish rule.

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$1330.43 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour 15 days in the North and Center of Portugal and Spain

Day 1-  LisbonExpo 98- Parque das Nacoes Alfama Baixa Pombalina (Lisbon’s Downtown Historic Center) Parque Eduardo Setimo Ponte 25 de Abril and Monument of Cristo Rei Belem Chiado and Bairro AltoDay 2-  Sintra/Cabo da Roca/Cascais/Costa do EstorilPalace of Queluz (optional visit) Sintra Lunch Cabo da Roca Boca do Inferno (Devil’s Mouth) Cascais Costa do Estoril (The Coast of Estoril)Day 3-  Lisboa/Nazare/Alcobaca/Batalha/FatimaObidos Nazare Mosteiro de Alcobaca (Monastery of Alcobaca) Batalha FatimaDay 4-  Coimbra/Aveiro/PortoCoimbra Lunch Aveiro PortoDay 5-  PortoPanoramic Tour Tower of Clerigos-Lello Bookstore – Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo) Aliados-Mercado do Bolhao-Santa Catarina-Cafe Majestic Sao Bento Train Station and Cathedral Gaia "Rabelo” Boat TourDay 6-  Minho-Guimaraes-Braga-PortoMinho Guimaraes Braga PortoDay 7-  Viana do Castelo-Valenca-Vigo-Santiago de Compostela-PortoViana do Castelo Valenca Vigo Santiago de CompostelaDay 8-  Douro River Valley-Trancoso-GuardaAmarante Peso da Regua Pinhão Winery: Visit and Wine Tasting Trancoso GuardaDay 9-  Salamanca/Avila/MadridSalamanca Avila MadridDay 10-  MadridMadridDay 11-  Segovia-Vale de los Caidos-Escorial-MadridSegovia Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) EscorialDay 12-  ToledoToledoDay 13-  Trujillo-Merida-ElvasTrujillo Merida ElvasDay 14-  Vila Vicosa-EvoraVila Vicosa Fabrica da Cortica (Cork Factory) City of EvoraDay 15-  Palmela-Setubal-Arrabida-Azeitao-Lisboa Palmela Setubal Arrabida AzeitaoLisboa (End of itinerary)