The World Trail Orienteering Championships 2019 will be held in the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, located in the eastern center of Portugal.
All event competitions will be setup and held around the town of Idanha-a-Nova and the granite mountain of Monsanto popularly known as “the most portuguese village of Portugal”.
Idanha-a-Nova is about 265km away from Lisbon and 300km from Oporto by car.
Idanha-a-Nova is a municipality in the district of Castelo Branco in east-central Portugal, is halfway from Lisbon and Madrid. Its territory touch Penamacor in the north, Fundão in the west and Spain borders on east and south.
The population in 2017 was 8450 in an area of 1416.34 km², making it one of the largest municipalities in Portugal.
Idanha-a-Nova is the starting point of a cultural adventure and Centro Cultural Raiano is the right place to visit in order to get a sample of what to see and what to learn about the town and its surroundings.
From the local Castle, the view cannot reach the typical Penha Garcia, a beatiful village spread in a mountain slope, or the archeological ruins located at Idanha-a-Velha, the roman old city of Egitânia, or the thermal village of Monfortinho. You must get there during your stay.
Perched on a hilltop that oversees all the surrounding horizons, the village of Monsanto has a unique charm that has earned it two titles in the 20th century – the Most Portuguese Village in Portugal in 1938 and Historical Village in 1995. Monsanto is one of the region’s main tourist attractions and offers visitors a unique experience. It was granted charters by King Afonso Henriques, King Sancho I, King Sancho II and King Manuel. The oldest part is also the highest point, where the Knights Templar built a wall with the donjon.
The WTOC 2019 Event Center will be located in Raiano Cultural Center in Idanha-a-Nova.
GPS Coordinates - Raiano Cultural Center: (39.927003, -7.244004)