Castelo Branco

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Castelo Branco is a city in central Portugal and the name means white castle. It is named after the remains of a castle on top of the highest point and was named by a settlement called Castra Leuca. It is full of the history of the Templar Knights and very nice to visit.



Sights and Activities

You can spend a whole week at Castelo Branco walking the cobbled roads and visiting the city park in the centre with water fountains and lots of places to eat indoors and outdoors.

You can also visit the many perfectly designed gardens, some of which are small trees planted like a maze. There are many little churches which you can enter free of charge.

You can go fishing, shopping, bowling, swimming or hiking up to the highest point to visit the remains of the castle which have some breath taking views towards Spain.



Getting There

By Plane/Car

Fly into Lisbon and take the A1 Norte towards Porto come of at junction 10 onto the IC8, follow the signs to Castelo Branco.

By Train

Train CP (Portuguese National Railways) offers various daily rail links between Lisbon and Beira Baixa. The trip-time between Lisbon and Castelo Branco varies between 2:40 hours and 3:15 hours (depending upon class of train). In the Lisbon-Oriente train station there is also a rail link to the south of the country and in the Entroncamento station there is a rail link to the northern reaches, as well as international service to France and Spain. The train is safe, comfortable, and for those who opt to travel in this fashion, it is the offers the best views of the River Tejo.




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Keep Connected


Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.

There are three mobile telephone operators in Portugal: TMN, NOS and Vodafone.

Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.


CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.


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