It was on the hill of Cardosa, occupied by Roman settlers, that Castelo Branco originated under the name of Albi Castrum. After a troubled period due to the French Invasions, which had one of their battlefields here, the inauguration of the railway line at the end of the 19th century transformed Castelo Branco into an important industrial centre for regional development, especially in textiles, a tradition that continues to this day.

Castelo Branco, located in the centre of Portugal, is a city of history and authenticity. Known for its unique architecture and cosy atmosphere, Castelo Branco offers visitors a wealth of regional culture.

In addition to its historical heritage, Castelo Branco is also characterised by its gastronomy. The authentic flavours of the local cuisine, such as the region’s cheese and traditional meat dishes, are real delights for the senses.




  • Explore a historic city where traditional architecture stands out on every corner.
  • Admire the city’s emblematic monuments, from the imposing Castelo de Castelo Branco to centuries-old churches and fascinating museums.
  • Relax in the city’s green spaces and tranquil squares, or enjoy the panoramic views from the belvederes that offer a unique perspective of Castelo Branco.
  • Discover the local culture through the events and festivals that take place all year round, celebrating the region’s music, art and gastronomy.
  • For lovers of nature and outdoor activities, Castelo Branco offers a variety of options, from hiking trails to bike rides through the stunning landscape.
  • Delight in the regional gastronomy, where authentic flavours and fresh ingredients combine to create delicious dishes that reflect tradition and local identity.



Located in the centre of Portugal, Castelo Branco is a city that combines history, culture and hospitality. With a heritage dating back centuries, this charming city offers an authentic experience for visitors. Distinguished by its traditional architecture and historical monuments, such as the imposing Castelo de Castelo Branco and the Sé Cathedral, the city is a real treasure trove for lovers of history and culture. Castelo Branco is also known for its gardens and green spaces found throughout the city. Don’t miss out on the traditional dishes of the local gastronomy, which combine authentic flavours and fresh ingredients.

What to see and do
How to get to the hotel


Road transport companies such as Rede Nacional de Expressos and Intercentro (Transdev) connect Castelo Branco to the whole country and various places in Europe.

Rent-a-car / Taxi

In the arrivals area of the airport it is possible to hire a car through rent-a-car companies. Another option is to book in advance. Taxis within the city have an average fare of 6.00€.

By air

Humberto Degado Airport (Lisbon) is about 219 kilometres from the hotel and travelling via the A1 and A23 takes about 2 hours. Leave the airport and take the A1 northwards. Continue on the A1 and follow the signs for Coimbra/Aveiro/Porto. On the A1, take exit 12 for the A23 towards Castelo Branco/Abrantes. Continue on the A23 until you reach Castelo Branco. Follow the signs to the city centre and enjoy your stay at the Meliá Castelo Branco.


Castelo Branco has a recent aerodrome that can be used by small and medium-sized aircraft.