My favourite place in Portugal is Belmonte. Belmonte is situated in the north of Portugal, district of Castelo Branco in Cova da Beira. It’s a medieval village, where people are very friendly, fun and cozy. I have family and friends there.
Pedro Alvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, was born in Belmonte. There’s a statue in his honour in one street. In this village there is a museum about the Discoveries as well as other museums, such as the olive oil museum, the Jews museum, Zêzere’s ecomuseum, the Church of Santiago and the Cabrais Pantheon.The main attraction is the castle built by the king D.Afonso III in the 13th century.
In summer a medieval fair is held in Belmonte. Some people dress in medieval costumes and there are many stalls with accessories of that era such as necklaces, bracelets and medieval clothing. There are also several performances in the street as horse racing and theater plays. Near the end of the fair there’s a show celebrating an important event in the village’s history.
In this lovely village there are many shops selling medieval toys and instruments. We can taste typical local foods: great cheese and sausages.The views are very beautiful and vibrant. Around Belmonte there are several river beaches with clear, transparent water.
My favourite place in Portugal is Peniche, a Portuguese seaside town in the west. Peniche has a great beach, and recently there was a surf competition, because in winter the waves are very high. They’re considered some of the best in Europe.
Peniche is very cold in the winter, and a little cold in summer, but the water is very cold all year long. It is a great place to visit because it’s very welcoming and a good place to relax.
There are some islands near Peniche called ‘Berlengas’. We can go there by boat. It’s a nature reserve, famous for its wildlife: birds, reptiles and plant species. If you want to learn more about Berlengas, watch the video below and have a look at this site Berlengas Nature Reserve.