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Inhabited since remote times, as the number of ruins of Pre-historic settlements and small Roman villas confirm, the county of Vila Flor exhibits beautiful mountain scenery and tiny villages of schist houses with an almost medieval atmosphere.

Vila Flor (flower town) was thus named, according to tradition, by King Dinis (13th century), who was conquered by the beauty of this fertile spot and had a castle and walls with five gates built around the town.

The pleasant seat of the county has an interesting Mother Church with a Baroque façade and valuable relics inside, and its Municipal Museum, housing diversified collections, includes a surprisingly rich library with rare manuscripts.

Near the town, it is worth stopping at the belvedere of the Senhora da Lapa sanctuary, offering dazzling views, and at the dam of Pereirinha, with tourism facilities which include a camping park, a swimming-pool and a small zoological park.

At Vilas Boas, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Assumption, a granite construction built on the site of an ancient pre-Roman castle, rises on a hill and offers wonderful views over a vast area.

To the north, Trindade boasts of a beautiful Romanesque church and picturesque alleys lined with small stone houses.

The county of Vila Flor produces an excellent olive oil, considered one of the best of Portugal and an essential ingredient of the local gastronomy.

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