Viseu is a Portuguese city belonging to the Centre Region, being the second largest city in the Centre of Portugal, being Coimbra the first. It is also the district Capital of the same name. According to a 2007 study on quality of life, Viseu is the 17th best European city with the highest quality of life among the 76, being the first of the 18 Portuguese district capitals cities with better quality of life. In 2012 was considered once again the Portuguese city with best quality of life. Viseu has a central position in relation to the District and Municipality, located in the designated “Planalto de Viseu”(Plateau of Viseu). It is surrounded by a mountainous system constituted in the North by the mountains of Leomil, Montemuro and Lapa, by Northwest the Arado Mountain, by South and Southwest Estrela and Lousã Mountains, and to the West the mountain that most directly affects this area, Caramulo. The municipality is characterized by an irregular surface with altitudes between 400 and 700 m. Located in a transition zone, the county introduces a set of micro-climates. The Serra do Caramulo, located to the West of the County, plays a major role in climate terms, to mitigate the influences of air masses from the West. Thus, Viseu’s climate is characterized by the existence of high thermal amplitudes, with harsh humid winters and hot and dry summers.