A network of territories and partners, united by a Route and inspired by a Literary Work

"Inside of us there is a thing that has no name, that thing is what we are."

José Saramago, Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (1995)


The project for the qualification and structuring of the Literary Tourist Route “Viagem do Elefante” is promoted by Territórios do Côa- Associação de Desenvolvimento Regional, a non-profit private entity working on the sustainable regional development and participation in the Côa Valley territory and to the improvement of social, cultural and material conditions of life in the communities and areas covered.

The implementation of this project is carried out through close cooperation with a group of organizations in the territory administration and industrial sectors. From the start, the close partnership with Fundação José Saramago was essential for the installation, following and monitoring of this Route’s development. The Municipalities of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Pinhel, Almeida, Guarda, Sabugal, Belmonte, Fundão, Mêda and Lisbon are noteworthy promoters of this initiative. This project also counts with the support of Direção Regional de Cultura do Centro (DRCC) and Entidade Regional de Turismo de Portugal.

The “Viagem do Elefante” Route is an initiative financed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P, regarding the support for the upcountry tourism valorization Helpline. | To value

United by One Route


If you have any questions about the Viagem do Elefante's secrets, feel free to contact us.

Côa Territories,
Regional Development Association


Tel.: +351 914 506 242


Edifício da Alfândega, Largo 25 de Abril

6355-217 Vilar Formoso