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Make a holiday rental home or self catering accommodation in Central Portugal your home away from home

Central Portugal is a large, varied and mainly rural region of Portugal, consisting of towering mountains, stunning rivers and a coastline which rivals that of the Algarve for rugged beauty. Tourism in Central Portugal is very low key, allowing visitors to take a rental home in Central Portugal and explore the open countryside and enjoy the hospitable welcome without tourist crowds, high rise hotels or any ‘English pubs’ anywhere to be seen. This is traditional Portugal at its best.

Things to do on holiday in Central Portugal

The forested hills of Central Portugal are a wonderful place to walk. The pure natural beauty of the area could inspire even the most blasé of visitors. Rambling in Central Portugal is a very popular activity, as well as mountain biking and hiking. The hills are a maze of walking and biking trials, and the unspoilt nature of the countryside means that there are still some wonderful animals roaming here, including wild boar and even lynx. A holiday rental property in Central Portugal is a haven of peace for any lover of the great outdoors and nature.

The rivers which cross the region are attract visitors from around Eur¬ope, especially the River Zezere, which is the longest in the area. Fishing and rambling holidays along the rivers forested banks thrive, whilst much of its course is can be navigated by canoe, which provides a magnificent days entertainment from any self catering accommodation in Central Portugal, allowing you to see the beauty of the region from the most natural of angles.

There is a long history in Central Portugal. You can explore Roman ruins, Moorish Castles, Peninsula battlefields, Romanesque churches and ancient Celtic standing stones from self catering accommodation in Central Portugal.

Much of the joy of taking a holiday rental home in Central Portugal is the warm welcome you receive from the locals. The undiluted culture of Central Portugal means that you are welcomed into your self catering Central Portugal accommodation with open arms, and often a bottle of local wine, which is quite simply delicious.

Places to visit on holiday in Central Portugal

The town of Avo lies in the heart of Central Portugal. Property here is built in the traditional way with white washed walls topped by terracotta tiles, giving the town a wonderfully picturesque image. Located in the valley of the Alva River, Avo is a wonderfully relaxed place to stay, with excellent rambling opportunities.

The skyline of Penela is dominated by the walls of the dominant Moorish castle around which the town stands. Taking a Central Portugal property in Penela will give you a great sense of the history of Central Portugal, and there are magnificent shops, markets (Wednesday) and sporting facilities here. You can enjoy swimming, tennis, motocross, parasailing, fishing, horse riding and walking from a Central Portugal property in Penela, as well as relax on a river beach when the temperatures rise.

Weather in Central Portugal

Central Portugal benefits from long, hot summer in which temperatures average 24?C from May until September, and daily temperatures can soar into the high 30’s. In the winter, rain is not uncommon, and temperatures average only about 4?C in the coldest month, meaning that if you are going to take self catering accommodation in Central Portugal during the winter, pack a jacket!

Flights to Central Portugal

The main airport which serves Central Portugal is the Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto. However, there are only a few flights from the UK direct to Porto, provided by TAP Portugal. Lisbon is only an hour from Central Portugal, and receives many daily flights form the UK.

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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  A wonderful villa, luxurious with everything you could need with lots to do in the area.

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                                                                                                  Our group was made up of 6 adults and 2 children (age 4 & 18months) and we all had a great time during our stay at Villa Beleamy! The whole villa is beautifully finished, really spacious with lovely bathrooms. There is everything you need for a great holiday with children, toys and swimming vests for children, bikes, the pool and the trampoline! The kitchen was well equipped and we had lovely evenings sitting outside once the children were in bed. We stayed for 2 weeks in June and had some beautiful sunny days that we enjoyed on the beach and also some mixed weather when we did lots of day trips, the visit to Lisbon Aquariam was a particular hit. All in all a fantastic holiday, we hope to visit again!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                  Fantastic views, great area and wonderful hosts

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                                                                                                  We had such a great time staying at Hazels and Adams small cottage in the beautiful village of Alqueve. The house is well equipped and as Hazel honestly writes; it is small. But perfect for two people. We stayed there with our boy of seven and that was just fine too. The views are fantastic and the area is great. You can relax by the pool, go swimming in one of the many beautiful rivers or go sight seeing. We especially enjoyed the many castles and the city of Coimbra - go see the university. It is beautiful. Hazel and Adam were so very kind and helpful - and invited us to join them in the local village for sardine fiesta. It was great and everyone there so very kind. Not many people speak English - for example at the supermarket. But we found it not to be a problem, becuase everyone is very helpful. So we spoke Danish, and it worked just fine :-) Our warmest recommendations for this place.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
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                                                                                                  Beautiful hideaway

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                                                                                                  We spent two weeks at Paula's house in Obidos this July 2016. It is comfortably furnished with good quality towels and sheets and furniture. There was some fruit, bread, butter, coffee and milk for our arrival which was very welcome after a long day's journey. The town of Obidos is well worth a visit and we felt very welcome. Concha gave us some good places to eat locally and we made good use of her suggestions; thank you Concha! We recommend Paula's house very much and suggest anyone looking to visit Obidos stays in her house. Obrigada Paula! Best wishes from Barbara and Richard.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016