The city of Castelo Branco, known as the “Capital of Beira Baixa”, contains a rich heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages.
We discover pieces of Portugal’s History in every place: the natural beauty and rural charm of the city transform it into a true open-air museum.
In regional gastronomy, which has always been appreciated for its richness and diversity, the cheeses are highlighted first, but the quality of the sausages, ham and honey and, more recently, some wines produced in the region do not leave anyone indifferent.
On the other hand, the olive oil assumes “enormous importance in the alimentary habits of the city, because it is used in entrances or the seasoning of salads, the confection of varied dishes and still in desserts”. Parallel to the gastronomy, the city also bets on strengthening the history, legacy and patrimony of the city.
In the handicraft is internationally known for the famous embroidery of Castelo Branco, ex libris of the city and greater symbol of its collective identity, The traditional bedspreads are in linen embroidered with natural silk thread with predominant motifs of naturalistic inspiration, as the flowers, the bicephalous eagle , the tree of life, the heart and human figures related to the senses. Inheritance of oriental embroideries also incorporate influences of European erudite embroidery and other popular background influences. Nowadays, you can also buy frames and trays with this embroidery.
The creation of the Literary Festival, an event that is perhaps the fruit of the Jewish heritage, marks the difference for being the first of its kind in this region of the country and also for having distinguished distinguished authors such as the cases of the Angolan writer Mia Couto and the Portuguese poet Manuel Alegre.