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Inland, mountain ranges and traditional villages. Next to the sea, fishing villages and cosmopolitan beaches with water sports setting the pace of the days. And everywhere, the ancient heritage proudly displays the region's history.
Some of these places are so important to humanity that they have been included by UNESCO in the world heritage list. This is the case of the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Convento de Cristo in Tomar and the University of Coimbra.
But there are others with unique features that are worth discovering. For example the Historic Villages and castles that defended the nation's borders. The Schist Villages and the villages with white houses, such as Óbidos, a treasure within the walls. And the cities, where modernity is allied to tradition – Coimbra of the students, Leiria, Aveiro, between the Ria and the Sea, and Viseu, Guarda and Castelo Branco, where the stone architecture maintains traces of an immemorial past.