Almeida (/ɐlˈmɐjðɐ/, ahl-MAY-thuh) municipality has over 7,200 people (2011), while the town itself has about 1,300. The town of Vilar Formoso within the municipality serves as a major border crossing, across from Fuentes de Oñoro, Spain. As a result of the Schengen Agreement, the border is open.
Almeida and Vilar Formoso are on the A25 motorway (Autoestrada das Beiras Litoral e Alta).
- 1 Vilar Formoso Railway Station (Estação Ferroviária de Vilar Formoso). PDF timetable. There are two regional trains daily from Guarda. Before the pandemic, there was daily international service through Vilar Formoso from Lisbon, Coimbra, Madrid, and Irun/Hendaye (on the Spain–France border) on the Sud Expresso and Lusitânia Comboio Hotel trains.
- 1 Vilar Formoso Fronteira da Paz (Border of Peace), Largo da Estação, Vilar Formoso, ☏ . Tu–F 09:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Sa Su 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, closed M. A memorial to refugees and to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who issued visas to help Jewish people escape the Nazi regime. Many crossed into Portugal at Vilar Formoso.
- 1 O Requinte do Além, Largo Manuel Fernandes Monteiro, ☏ . M–F 08:00–20:00. Casual place to grab some quick small plates. Budget.
- 2 Chalé Suisse, N332, Vilar Formoso, ☏ . Daily 07:00–23:30. Simple food served efficiently. Mid-range.
- 3 O Caçador, Largo do Olmo, Malpartida, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Good food with friendly service.
- 1 Hotel Parador de Almeida (Hotel Fortaleza de Almeida, formerly Pousada de Almeida - Senhora das Neves), Rua Fornos, ☏ , , email@example.com. This hotel reveals, in spite of its modern atmosphere and spacious rooms, the historical and cultural grandiosity of the village of Almeida, now a classified National Heritage. €71-111.
- 2 Hotel Lusitano, Rua Dr. José Augusto Limão Andrade 12, Vilar Formoso, ☏ . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star, 34-room hotel just over from the Spanish border. Bar, free parking, free Wi-Fi, pets allowed at no extra charge. €46-54.
- 3 O Revelim, Rua dos Combatentes Mortos Pela Pátria 42, ☏ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Quaint rustic charm.