THE BEIRA INTERIOR REGION

Beautiful historic castles, breathtaking vistas, pleasant meadows adorned with olive and orange trees, small sunny villages with stone houses decorated of blue tiles -- these are the images that come to mind when picturing the Beira Interior region.

Every year, tourists from all over the world visit this remote region of Northern Portugal, attracted by its unique landscapes. Rich with culture, historic buildings, and museums, the region offers the perfect opportunity to immerse oneself in Portugal’s traditions and heritage while also enjoying hikes and other outdoor activities.

The Beira Interior’s natural wonders include two national parks, small lakes, river beaches, and several hiking trails. The region is famously home to the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, Portugal's largest conservation area, which features continental Portugal's highest mountain and species of flora unique to the whole country.

Map of Portugal highlighting the  Beira Interior  region.

Map of Portugal highlighting the Beira Interior region.


THE BREATHTAKING CENTER OF PORTUGAL

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AROUND BENDADA

The small village of Bendada is located in the heart of the region, surrounded by hills, natural conservation areas, and medieval cities.  Please visit our Bendada page for more information on things to see and do.


HISTORIC LANDMARKS AND MUSEUMS

The main cities and historic villages of Sortelha, Sabugal, Belmonte, Guarda, and Covilhã are a short drive from Bendada. These cities can easily be spotted from a distance, with its castles and forts rising from the top of the hills. Well-curated museums proudly showcase the history, culture, and tradition of the region.

CASTLES AND LANDMARKS:

Students of the Bendada Music Festival performing at the Castle of Belmonte.

Students of the Bendada Music Festival performing at the Castle of Belmonte.

View of the Castle of Sortelha (Sabugal). ©  www.aldeiashistoricasdeportugal.com

View of the Castle of Sortelha (Sabugal).
© www.aldeiashistoricasdeportugal.com

OUTDOOR AND RECREATIONAL ATTRACTIONS

Bendada is surrounded by two national parks, making it an ideal location for hikes, nature exploration, and other outdoor activities.

WINE AND CUISINE

The Beira Interior cuisine stands out for its richness and diversity. The traditional recipes of the Beira people have been passed down through generations, thus preserving the authentic flavors. The cuisine highlights the region’s main products: meat, cheese, and a wide range of vegetables produced in the region. Lamb, beef, and pork are the most common meats, and the cabrito assado is one of the most popular dishes. Beira Interior is well-known for its exquisite cured meats (such as morcela, farinheira, alheira, and chouriço). Vegetarian and pescatarian options (such as Portuguese kale soup and salted codfish) are always available.

Wine production in the Beira Interior can be traced back to the Roman times. The altitude, granite-filled soil, and harshly fluctuating temperatures give the wines complex flavors and aromas.


AcCOMMODATIONS AROUND BENDADA

During the festival, the village of Bendada proudly provides accommodations for the festival's students, faculty, and performing artists. Visitors to the festival can find convenient accommodations in any of the neighboring villages only a short drive away. There is a wide-range of options, from bed & breakfast and single houses to hotels and small holiday resorts.

We particularly recommend:

HOTELS:

HOUSES, APARTMENTS and B&Bs:

For a complete list of accommodation options, please email bendadamusicfest@gmail.com.