Historical Villages of Portugal - Ericiera beach

Ericiera Beach – Image by Bolinha

The historic villages in Portugal are certainly one of the best kept secrets of the country. After all who would know that the settlements built out of schist and granite and located in the central parts of the country have been a witness to over 900 years of the country’s history?

Though these hamlets are amazingly tranquil places to be in, they have not been so in the past. They are located high up on the hills and thus have played an important role in maintaining the safety of the surrounding lands.  The strategic location of these villages made them a difficult terrain for invaders to approach.

Even if attempts were made, they would be easily spotted. Thus they turned out to be formidable natural defences.  Click here to read more »