Portugal’s Hideaways: Belmonte

Come and discover Belmonte, a Portuguese village in the Castelo Branco district, in the Beira Baixa province, Centro region and Beiras and Serra da Estrela sub-region

Land of Pedro Álvares Cabral, located in the heart of Cova da Beira and with a wide view over the eastern slope of Serra da Estrela, the village of Belmonte fully justifies the characteristics that will have given it its name. Tradition says that the name Belmonte comes from the place where the Vila stands (Belmonte – beautiful hill). However, there are those who attribute it to the origin of “belli monte” – “land of war“. Sunny land, with good people, endless landscapes, and a history of centuries.

The history of Belmonte appears, normally, associated with the history of the Cabrais and the Jews. It was the birthplace of Pedro Álvares Cabral, the navigator, who in the year 1500 commanded the second fleet to India, during which Brazil was officially discovered.

Pedro Álvares Cabral – Município de Belmonte
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