Breathtaking landscapes and the region’s diverse and significant archaeological, historical, architectural and cultural heritage make of this part of Portugal the new destination of choice for those who seek their own piece of paradise to invest, to live or simply to enjoy a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
We are an estate agency and relocation consultancy operating mainly but not exclusively in the region of Sardoal, central Portugal. Now located on the main street of this stunning historical village, GoRustiCo is your perfect host if you are looking to purchase property in central Portugal.
In a setting with unique and distinctive architectural features, offering local festivals, cultural events, the hospitality of our friendly locals, gastronomical delights and a surrounding natural landscape dotted with small quaint villages and places of historical interest, Sardoal has indeed enchanting stories to tell! For this very reason, it has been picked as the village of choice to open our new comfortable office where in a convivial and friendly atmosphere we welcome our clients and friends!
The history of Sardoal is lost in the mists of time and enmeshed in the very history of Portugal as a nation. The still remaining ancient buildings, medieval churches and chapels, cottages and farms are the living proof of this ancient rural past where life was lived in total harmony with nature. Evidence of this can be found in the traditional buildings of the region in which stone, clay, wood and lime were the predominant materials used. These, we believe, should still be the natural choice whenever the restoration of old houses is concerned or in ecological/sustainable building, practices favoured by us here at GoRustico lda.
Clearly, there is local evidence of early human occupation in this region: dolmens and other vestiges of the Palaeolithic, Celtic hill forts but also traces of the presence of the Phoenicians and the Greeks who never settled here but may have used the Tagus river as a trade route.
An abundance of game, acorns, chestnuts, Mediterranean strawberry trees and other wild berries for foraging as well as the fertile soil sufficed to feed local tribes. However, it was the search for gold and other metals that attracted the Romans to the region where they stayed for more than 400 years. The signs of their occupation can be seen in and around Sardoal: the remains of villas, roads and bridges. Vineyards, olive groves, citrus and fig trees are as ubiquitous now as they were then and still play a role in the economy of the region. Olive oil presses and wineries as well as distilleries manufacturing fig or wine brandy and Medronho (a type of brandy made with the fruit of the Mediterranean strawberry tree) still stand firm against the ravages of time and progress…and have a future!
The Moors also marked their presence here and their legacy is apparent in our local architecture, in the innovative methods of water management still seen today on the fields (wells, water wheels, weirs and other advanced water irrigation channels) as well as in the local ancestral methods of farming and gardening.
Contrary to popular myth, Central Portugal has always been prosperous, particularly in peacetime. These lands were coveted by our first kings who conquered the territory to the Moors and who built along the Tagus river many forts and castles – Amieira, Belver, Abrantes, Almourol – as a first line of defence against the occupiers. These are now iconic symbols of the Knights Templars and other European orders whose mystique has remained throughout the centuries in this region and in the medieval city of Tomar in particular, once the headquarters of the Order of Christ.
Portugal is one of the oldest sovereign states in Europe with a long and remarkably rich history. Its legacy was left around the world namely in Brazil, India and North Africa during the age of exploration and beyond. Today, Portugal has a reputation for its inclusive and internationalist approach, its hospitality and welcoming demeanour towards people from overseas who visit and wish to settle in this country. In fact, it has always facilitated the mingling of different cultures and civilizations and still carries the banner of tolerance and understanding between all nations. For this very reason, Portugal is the country of choice for citizens of the world wanting to settle abroad, live a less stressful life, enjoy nature, the seaside, fantastic food and sunshine all year round! In central Portugal, small communities gladly extend their hospitality to all those who want to live and settle here.
In Portugal the four seasons are clearly defined: summer is hot and dry and winter is moderately cold and rainy while spring and autumn lie somewhere in between in terms of temperature and rainfall. However, here we mainly see blue skies and experience mild temperatures all year round!
The characteristic Mediterranean climate of the region and its geodiversity, in fact so diverse it would be impossible to elaborate upon in this brief essay, provide the habitat for a very rich wildlife and native plant species still untouched by the impact of human activity in oak forests and areas of native shrubs.
You can reach Sardoal on some of the main national primary roads such as the A1 and the A23. Lisbon is only 1 ½ hours away, Castelo Branco and Tomar a mere 30 minutes, an hour to Spain and ½ hours to the Atlantic coast.
Mountains and river beaches (Lapa, Penedo Furado, Alvega, Ortiga, Aquapólis in Abrantes, Alamã, Aldeia de Mato) are much closer still, only a few minutes from Sardoal, but there are still more in the municipality of Vila de Rei and Sertã hence showing the complexity of river networks and its use in this region of central Portugal.
Distances between Sardoal and Portugal’s main cities, the Atlantic coast and Spain:
• Lisbon: 150 km (1/2 hours)
• Porto: 227 km / 2 hours 13 minutes
• Castelo Branco: 86 km / 52 minutes
• The Atlantic coast: 90 minutes / 141 km
• Coimbra: 107 km / 1 hour 13 minutes
• Santarém: 84 km / 52 minutes
• Tomar: 31 km / 33 minutes
• Abrantes: 12 km / 16 minutes
• Spain (Valencia de Alcantra): 118 km / 1 ½ hours
• Algarve (Albufeira): 370 km / 3 ¼ hours