Turismo Centro Portugal - A country within a country
The Centre of Portugal/Centro de Portugal is situated between the two major Portuguese cities: Oporto and Lisbon, and is served by their two airports. The "Centro" is the place where everything comes together in a perfect way: the North encounters the South; the country encounters Spain and the Atlantic; the sea encounters the mountains and the mountains encounter the sky; the mind tourism encounters the body tourism and the spirit tourism; the "Centro" is the great aggregator of the regional identity of one hundred cities, a heterogeneous territory from geography to economy and the need to join all of this together in a mobilizing proposal; and a great aggregator of the touristic offer diversity, offering a set of multiple niches, tourists who search specific experiences and complement their stay with other activities that they come across during the visit.
This Portuguese region has got one hundred municipalities, almost twenty eight thousand kilometers, and a population of more than 2 million people.
Some of Portugal's finest monuments are in the center of the country. Three of them are World Heritage Sites: the magnificent abbey in Batalha, the country's biggest church in Alcobaça, and the castle of the Knights Templar in Tomar.
Along the coast are some popular beaches, especially by the colorful fishing town of Nazaré and São Martinho do Porto, from where it is also possible to reach the world-famous shrine of Fatima.
A convenient base from which to visit Fatima or the great abbeys at Batalha and Alcobaça, is Leiria, a growing city with a charming old town overlooked by an imposing castle.
Other interesting castles are found nearby in Porto de Mós, Almourol, and in Obidos, one of the country's best preserved medieval villages. For an off-the-beaten-path experience, spectacular underground caverns can be visited at Mira D'Aire.
You can find Turismo Centro Portugal under following links:
Potuguese website: http://www.turismodocentro.pt
Other languages: http://www.centerofportugal.com