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If you're addicted to staying in Spain during your vacations, for example in Catalonia or in a villa in Andalusia, then perhaps you're ready to discover a new country, but with a similar flair to that of Spain. If this is the case, travel to Central Portugal, a region richly steeped in culture and history, offering a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities, as well as plenty of different accommodation options, so you can choose whether you want to stay in a private Central Portugal holiday villa, an apartment, cottage or other type of self catering rental property. Many of the holiday lettings here also boast a swimming pool for you to cool down it at the end of the day when the heat gets too much! The centre of Portugal borders on the regions of Castile and León and Extremadura in Spain. Central Portugal also features a wide variety of different types of terrain for various different physical and sporting activities. The area is often called the “Green Heart”, due largely to its impressive forests, brimming with eucalyptus and pine, and the views you will have of its beautiful valleys, which are sure to make your stay in Central Portugal memorable and special. Although changes to the boundaries which are typically used to define the region have made the term Central Portugal somewhat abiguous, it can be said to comprise of the districts of Ribatejo, Alto Alentejo, and Lower Alentejo.
The cities of Alcobaca, Batalha, Fatima, Leiria, Nazare, Obidos, Peniche, Santarem, and Tomar have a lot to offer holidaymakers and there are many Central Portugal holiday villas available for booking here. A colourful history filled with tales of the Templar Knights is brought to life by the numerous amazing medieval castles, villages, shrines and temples throughout the region. Alcobaca, Batalha, and Tomar have been recognised as world heritage sites. Alcobaca houses the country’s largest church; an incredible abbey can be found in Batalha; and Tomar is the location of the fabled castle which the Templar Knights lived in during the 12th century. There are many Central Portugal holiday homes to choose from in these areas.
In addition to the unmissable medieval villages, castles, and other architectural jewels, there are a wide variety of activities that can be enjoyed here. Visit a charming, traditional fishing village such as Nazare or Peniche, both of which offer their visitors a very enjoyable experience. Peniche features fine, sandy beaches and a chance for fun-filled underwater exploration. Not far from there lies Fatima, the site of the world-famous Marian apparitions of 1917 which have been approved by the Catholic Church. People flock here as a sort of pilgrimage seeking religious inspiration and meaning. For those who seek thrill and excitement, Santarem is known as the bullfighting capital of the country, with its festivals, events, and annual bull running, which makes the town a unique location for you to book a self catering Central Portugal holiday home. Central Portugal provides a fantastic view of a perfect, smooth coastline along the coasts of Silver and Lisbon, which sit in dramatic contrast to the Serra de Estrela mountains. The beautiful peaks of this mountain range are home to the only ski resort in Portugal. If you're a big fan of skiing, how about taking a look at the rental accommodation in Andorra La Vella, which is near to Portugal between France and Spain, and becoming ever more popular amongst skiers? The diversity of the centre of Portugal provides a huge varierty of different locations in which to enjoy yourself; your luxury Central Portugal holiday lettings really will allow you to make the most of the beauty and history of the area.
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