The village Castelo Rodrigo is located in one of the ten parishes of the Municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo in the Region Centro of Portugal. The municipality holds varied tourist potentialities, ranging from scenic beauty to historical, archaeological, and architectural values, from artisanal and gastronomic diversity to very characteristic festivals and pilgrimages, as well as fishing and hunting capacities.
Castelo Rodrigo has been considered a Historical Village of Portugal since 1991. Due to its rich cultural and architectural heritage, with unique monuments and landscapes, is has been awarded with the distinction of one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal - Authentic Village and is considered one of the best Tourist Villages in the World by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
In addition to the City Council strategy that has been implementing a set of initiatives to establish people and businesses in the Municipality, as well as to move and retain services that could create jobs and generate economic growth, Castelo Rodrigo is one of the 12 villages of the Network of Historical Villages of Portugal (Collective Efficiency Strategy (CES) - a policy instrument of the EU Cohesion Policy for the economic development in low-density territories).
The Collective Efficiency Strategy of Historical Villages of Portugal has the overall objectives to diversify and strengthen the economic fabric of villages by stimulating the entrepreneurial base associated with rural innovation and innovation in tourism and fostering territorial innovation with the development of the concept of sustainable and smart Historical Villages.
It is intended, through this Collective Efficiency Strategy, assert the historic villages as sustainable territory supported on the green growth, recognized as tourism destinations of excellence and sustained by inimitable resources, capable of potentiate the integrated local development, differentiating itself as innovation leader in the low density territories.
borders, inner peripheries, mountains, remote, sparsely populated areas
Degree of urbanization
population of 468
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Historical Villages of Portugal | A Smarter Destination
Project developed in partnership with Altice Portugal, which allowed the village to be equipped with quality wireless technologies (among other digital structures), thus becoming fully covered with optical fiber and free wi-fi.
In addition, through a beacon system, Bluetooth technology and an application developed for smartphones, the village is now able to interact with visitors, providing georeferenced and contextual information, events and other useful news, audio guides in several languages with contents that comply with the infoaccessibility rules.
The reinforcement of the village as an (also) smart destination, improved the quality of life of residents, increased the tourist experience, as well as the conditions of professionals who work in the territory and those who also consider that possibility.
“Recipes that Tell Stories – Gastronomy and Wines from the Historic Villages of Portugal”
A project that began with the collection of testimonies from the resident population, with a view to the detailed collection of knowledge, recipes, cooking methods, specificities, traditions and existing endogenous products or those that have even been “lost” in time. That is, the information necessary for the inventory of the gastronomic menu of the territory, as well as the methods of cooking the dishes, with the aim of being perpetuated in different communication media, but also promoted with the local catering and hotel sector (with harmonization of wines from the region). A project that meets the “Farm to Fork Strategy”, one of the action vectors of the Green Deal, which aims to make food systems fair, healthy and ecological.
Associação Desenvolvimento Turístico Aldeias Históricas de Portugal (ADTAHP), email@example.com