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offer you the unique opportunity to experience and explore this central, Beiras, region of Portugal. The donkey and cart is still used here; in and around the numerous picturesque villages the land is plowed and used to grow subsistence crops. The people are wonderfully warm and welcoming. This is CENTRAL PORTUGAL .... away from the bright city lights and hustle of the main crowded tourist areas.
A region steeped in history, where you can absorb the true nature and culture of the Portuguese Nation. The Monasteries, Convents, Castles and Churches all stand witness to the artistic and historical heritage of CENTRAL PORTUGAL.
Popular with cyclists & ramblers, are the historic schist (river stone) villages "Aldeias do Xisto"
During the 15th and 16th Centuries, Portugal acquired a vast Colonial Empire in India, the Far East, Africa and Brazil - which brought great wealth and worldwide status to the country.
Throughout the 17th Century, the increasing Dutch, English and French expansion into the Spice and Slave Trades undermined Portugal's monopoly, thus weakening her empire.
At home, Portugal was further weakened by :
> an earthquake and tsunami in 1755 which virtually destroyed the capital City of Lisbon and claimed between 60,000 to 100,000 lives;
> the Napoleonic Wars of 1803-1805;
> the loss of its largest Colony, Brazil, in 1822.
In 1910, a revolution deposed the Monarchy, the Royal Household of Braganza, and Portugal was declared a "Republic"
A Military Coup in 1926 installed a right-wing Military Government, and the finances of the country were taken over by an Economics Professor from the University of Coimbra - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar - who in 1932 was elected Prime Minister with absolute power.
In 1974, the "Carnation Revolution" deposed Salazar's ruling regime and a new Democratic Government granted Independence to its remaining overseas Colonies.
Many Portuguese returned "home" from these Colonies, generating an economic recovery.
In 1986 Portugal entered the European Economic Community (now the EU) and in 1999 the country adopted the Euro as its official currency.
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The Romantic CITY of COIMBRA is only a 45 minute drive away. Once Portugal's capital and home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe.
The Historic town of GOIS is only a 5 minute drive away, a town with over 800 years of History. Hosting all main facilities from Banks, ATM, restaurants, shops, pharmacy to a 24 hour clinic.
The Spa towns of LUSO and CURIA are renowned for the healing qualities of their natural spring and fountain waters.
The more cosmopolitan towns of Arganil, Vila Nova do Poaires and Lousa all under 20 minutes drive, each have their own history to explore.
So although you are "away from it all" here - you have everything you need !