60 Portuguese monuments

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Portuguese Heritage from North to South 60 monuments in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra …

1 Torre de Belém (Tower of Belem), Lisbon

2 Torre dos Clérigos, Porto

3 Palácio da Pena, Sintra

4 Mosteiro da Batalha, Batalha

5 Castelo de Leiria, Leiria

6 Sé Velha de Coimbra, Coimbra

7 Roman Temple of Évora, Évora

8 Castel of Óbidos, Óbidos

9 Convento de Cristo, Tomar

10 Palácio Nacional de Belém, Lisbon

11 Castel of Guimarães, Guimarães

12 Castel of Almourol, Vila Nova da Barquinha

13 Sé de Lisboa, Lisbon

14 Solar de Mateus, Vila Real

15 Sé de Braga, Braga

16 Palace of Seteais, Sintra

17 Sé Catedral do Porto, Porto

18 Church São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

19 Church “Nossa Senhora da Graça”, Santarém

20 Monastery of Jerónimos, Lisbon Monument of Discoveries

21 Igreja da Flor da Rosa (Church), Crato

22 Elevador do Carmo (Elevator), Lisbon

23 Basilica da Estrela (Take Tram 28), Lisbon

24 Mosteiro de Alcobaça, Alcobaça

25 Gravuras Rupestres (Carving Routes), Vale do Rio Côa

26 Panteão Nacional, Lisbon

27 Túmulo de D.Pedro, Alcobaça

28 Palácio de São Bento (Palace), Lisbon

Palácio de São Bento
Palácio de São Bento, Lisbon

29 Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisbon downtown

30 Palace Hotel do Buçaco, Centre Region

Buçaco
Buçaco

31 Aqueduto da Águas Livres, Lisbon

32 Castelo do Marvão

33 Palácio da Regaleira, Sintra

Sintra
Palácio da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

34 Paço Ducal, Vila Viçosa Ducal

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35 Castelo da Palmela (Castle), Palmela

36 Teatro Nacional de D. Maria II (Theater), Lisbon

37 Sé de Évora, Évora

38 Igreja do Convento do Carmo, Lisbon

39 Paço dos Duques de Bragança, Guimarães

Paço dos Duques
Paço dos Duques

40 Centro Cultural de Belém, Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon

41 Ruínas de Conímbriga, and University of Coimbra

42 Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Sintra

43 Palácio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra

44 Domus Municipalis, Bragança

45 Fundação Calouste de Gulbenkian, Lisbon

46 Castelo da Feira, Santa Maria da Feira

47 Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon

48 Castelo de Estremoz, Estremoz

49 Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, Braga

50 Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

51 Mosteiro de Santa a Clara-a-Velha, Lisbon

52 Central Tejo, Lisbon

53 Ponte de D. Luís, Porto

54 Estação do Rossio (Train Station), Lisbon

55 Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres

56 Igreja Matriz de Mértola, Mértola

57 Praça de touros do Campo Pequeno, Lisbon

58 Pavilhão de Portugal, Lisbon

59 Aqueduto da Amoreira, Elvas

60 Forte de São Julião da Barra, Lisbon

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Portugal: Where to go and When?

Portugal kept the same borders for more than 800 years and is located in the most Western part of Europe. We were pioneers in globalisation. Portugal attracts many visitors from the northern countries looking for sun. How to get there? Sounds funny but whilst in Lisbon during the last 7 years I’ve helped out tourists every single day on my way to work in Chiado, Lisbon…

The best of Lisbon for a local such as me is for sure the tourists from all over the world. And then the coffee shops, the restaurants. Portuguese food is popular all over the world and has a great reputation amongst Europeans. Besides, where else can you have such a night out such in Lisbon? Just in Spain! Our neighbour country rocks!!

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A country steeped in history and fantastic traditional events including gastronomical delights, dancing, medieval festivals and so much more. The best holiday celebration, top attractions in Portugal and the islands. When to visit and why? Tip: April is not a good month to come and if visiting Porto Santo Island anytime but never in January.

Is Portugal on your bucket list?

850 km of lovely beaches, traditional gastronomy, lovely people and centuries of culture. The Portuguese discovered most of the world. The Portuguese queen, Catarina de Bragança introduced the culture of the tea to the British. Lisbon, Coimbra and its University and the students festival Queima das Fitas in May, Porto, The National Park of Gerês, the Vicentina Coast, Évora UNESCO World Heritage, The Algarve and its amazing resorts, the islands of Madeira and Azores. National Geographic has voted the Azores as the best eco-destination worldwide. Come and discover Fátima and its Sanctuary. I’ll guide you to the best in Portugal! Follow me!

 

Fátima, the 13th May 2017

8 millions of tourists have arrived in Fátima’s Sanctuary. This is a cornerstone of the Catholic church and the destination for pilgrims from all around the world. If you haven’t booked your hotel yet you had better hurry. If not you might find something in Lisbon. In the region is fully booked! The Pope Francisco will welcome there. We’re looking forward to seeing him and you! Did you know that Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world?

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In my hometown, Coimbra – Portugal I had the pleasure “to see” Pope João Paulo II more than 30 years ago and I’ve been blessed by him. As a catholic, I had no stronger emotion so far. Follow me to Portugal and I’ll tour you through the Lisbon Coast up to the Minho region and Galiza.

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When to go: January and February are the coldest months and it rains much. In April also but we can escape to the Algarve, Madeira Archipelago and the Azores.

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According to the Global Peace Index in 2016, Portugal ranks in the 5th position as the Safest Country in the World. Portugal has been voted by North Americans as the best country to live as an expat. Portugal has plenty to offer in terms of accommodation from historic hotels named “Pousadas” to Boutique hotels and resorts, youth hostels that we call “Pousadas da Juventude” and really good camping sites. Further, our hospitality thermal is vast and we have “Turismo Rural”, rural tourism spread over the country. The Portuguese often set up the table in the garden yield and spend Sunday mostly eating and drinking extraordinary wines and Portuguese liquors, singing and dancing with families and friends. In addition Portugal is one of the most affordable European countries and combined with good public transportation and low-cost airlines makes it easy to travel in the Portuguese continent as well as in the Archipelagos of Madeira and Azores.

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Is Portugal on your bucket list?

850 km of lovely beaches, traditional gastronomy, lovely people and centuries of culture. The portuguese discover great part of the world. The portuguese queen, Catarina de Bragança introduced the culture of tea to the british. Lisbon, Coimbra and its University, Porto, The National Park of Gerês, the Vicentina Coast, Évora Unesco World Heritage, The Algarve and its amazing resorts, the islands of Madeira and Azores. National Geographic has voted Azores as the best eco destination worldwide.

 

 

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Guimarães Portugal – Capital of Culture
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Azores: Journey of a Lifetime

The Azores – A Marine Paradise

A compact archipelago of tiny islands where the sperm whale and dolphin watching are pointed as the highlights.

 

 

 

 

Marine sightseeings in the Azores

Lucky you if apart from whales and dolphins incidentally watch the superfast marlins, turtles, swordfish, sharks, and seabirds. The boat tours companies cannot guarantee but take the chance and go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azores an Eco-tourism Secret Resort

Ecotourism, top gastronomy, whales and bird watching, trials & boat tours. Biking and hiking, water sports. An endless adventure. Welcome back to Portugal.

We bring good news. From December 2016 on, Ryanair has started flying to this destination with offers at the price of 19.99. This time Lages at Ilha Terceira and Lisbon (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and to Porto (Tuesdays and Saturdays). We glad to count 1.000.000 Tourism visit last year. Fortunately and with so much to offer the Azores is finally competing with wonderful Madeira. For fans of sports, both islands have amazing international events all year round. Because we care about communities and don’t want to leave tourism behind we say “CHEERS AZORES”.

We remain to make efforts and hoping to see Ryanair, Easyjet or Transavia flying direct from Lisbon or Porto to ‘The Golden Island’. It’s already time to take the best of Portugal by offering this amazing ECO destination all year round.

The island archipelago of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a natural unique on our planet. The incredible beauty of the volcanic islands Pico and Faial, colorful flowers and a breathtaking impressive wildlife form a real paradise. The worlds most famous whale watching area contains 27 species of dolphins and whales.

 

Gorreana is the only tea plantation in Europe.
Gorreana is the only European tea plantation.

Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe – Azores and hotels available may be booked here.

National Geographic Holand and Belgium have voted the Azores the most beautiful destination in the world. Have a look at http://www.visitazores.com

Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site
Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site

Terceira Island
Angra do Heroismo, in the central area, Terceira Island is listed at the property which belongs to Unesco World Heritage. If you plan a visit, please see Ferry lines

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Azores: Eco-tourism best destination

Flores Island

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Top attraction:
Portuguese dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

The top attraction, the typical dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

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Pico island

Pico Island

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Azores for nature lovers. Voted by National Geographic has best destination worldwide.
Eco-tourism, gastronomy, ferry boat tours and hiking up the volcano . As you can see I did it myself!
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Gustave Eiffel meets Porto!

European Best Destination 2014

This is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations, its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city. With a unique and dazzling landscape, the Upper Douro wine region is one of the places considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Go and discover the land where the famous Port Wine is produced.

Porto’s Short Tour: Highlights

Wander the streets of medieval Porto, from which both the country and the fortified wine take their name. Its wonderfully preserved architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status.

  • Torre dos Clérigos
  • Museum “História Natural UP”
  • Igreja das Carmelitas

A seventeenth-century church whose classical façade dates from the 1850s. The project has been attributed to the architect/painter Nicolau Nasoni. The altarpiece, of Porto rococo style, was considered to be a stylistically revolutionary piece. Building designated national monument.

 

Wine Spot

Porto, standing in a commanding position at the mouth of the Douro River, you can visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the heart of the Port Wine industry, served by terraced vineyards lining the slopes inland along the Douro Valley. The history of Porto wine connects the Portuguese and the British people and as far as we know they remain friends. The history of this liaison is worth reading and a deep research…

Port Wine Caves in Gaia

One of the Port Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia
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The Essence of Portugal

The Ways

There is a vast network of pilgrimage roads and paths to the shrine of the apostle St. James which snake and consolidate themselves throughout almost the whole of Europe and have led to a set of globally recognised ‘ways’, such as: the Primitive Way, the French Way, the Via de la Plata, the English Way, the Northern Way, the Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla, the Fisterra-Muxía Way and the Portuguese Way.

Tradition in Porto

The Porto inhabitants love to recreate traditions and customs, recovering old practices and ways of living. The popular festivals, food and wine are always part of the collective celebration of these traditions, as a call for everyone to join in …

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The bridge Don Luís I

Livraria Lello

Visit the bookshop. The history of the library is also the history of brothers Lello who opened the shop in 1906.

 

Estação de São Bento (Railway)

The S. Bento Railway Station was built at the beginning of the twentieth century on the exact location of the former Convent of S. Bento de Avé-Maria. The glass and iron structure was designed by the architect Marques da Silva. The vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.

Sé Catedral

Construction dating from the twelfth/thirteenth century, in Romanesque style, that has been enlarged and renewed over the years up to its final setting, in the twentieth century, resulting in an idealized reconstitution of the medieval cathedral. Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, from the fourteenth century; the enlargement of the main chapel, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar, from the eighteenth century (mannerist); the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel and the sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, and the tiles in the cloister, by Vital Rifarto; the sculpture in the Baptism Chapel, by Teixeira Lopes (father) from the nineteenth century.

Muralha Fernandina

Majestic Café

Mosteiro S. Bento da Vitória

At the very heart of Porto, in Vitória parish, the São Bento da Vitória Monastery – a classified National Monument since 1977 – is one of the municipality’s most important religious buildings.

Under the auspices of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, the Major Cloister was covered with an acoustic shell, a steel structure on four pillars, and received a wooden floor. In 2007, the Portuguese State conceded the TNSJ an important part of the building, which now hosts theatre shows, concerts and special events in the TNSJ’s programming, besides various events organized by outside institutions.

Gustave Eiffel designed Porto’s Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro.The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

If you’re planning a visit to Porto, you must sample, at least “francesinha” and “Rojões” and because Douro Valley is the only producer of “Vinho Verde” have at least a glass of wine!

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Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro. The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

Market Ferreira Borges

S. Francisco Church

Palácio da Bolsa

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Estadio do Dragao ( FC Porto stadium). Go along the rails of the history of Porto from the past to the present in a singular exhibition. Take the best of life, travel to Porto!

Upper Douro wine region – UNESCO

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Sardinia – The Island With Thousand Faces

Marine protected areas in Sardinia

The Asinara island is one of the most spectacular islands on the Mediterranean Sea. It has a long history as a penal colony.

La Maddalena Archipelago (private boats available to Corsega)
La Maddalena Archipelago – Sardinia (private boats to Corsega available)

Capo Caccia – the area of Punta di Giglio and Capo caccia is an underwater cave paradise. The Grotta di Nettuno are home to caverns rich of stalactites and stalagmites.

Tavolara – Capo Coda Cavallo, the marine area in the northeast of Sardinia has species of rare beauty. Some are Erodium coricum and Asperula deficient and only grows here.

Sinis Peninsula -this marine area comprises the Sinis Peninsula, the Island of Mal di Ventre and the Catalan cliff.

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Silmius Hotel private beach (South Sardinia)

Capo Carbonara

emerald waters and metaphysical landscape. This protected Area near Villasimius and the island of San Pietro it’s an excellent balance between nature and history.

Asinara National Park

Asinara is located in the northwestern part of Sardinia, has an area of about 52 sq km and a length in a straight line of more than 18 km. The width, in the biggest part, is 7 km, and 260 meters in the narrow one. It reaches a maximum height of 408 m in Punta Scomunica.

The Island of Asinara can be reached from Porto Nuovo at Stintino and from Porto Torres, where visitors will find information and ticket booths.

Alghero – An open-air museum

The coastal areas of Sardinia attract the largest flows of summer seaside tourists.

The Cave of Neptune is one of several classic tours

One of the most fascinating natural jewels in the entire Mediterranean basin, the grotto is a veritable geological wonder that attracts over 150,000 visitors per year. It is accessible by the sea which we absolutely recommend but also by car.

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Villasimius is the rather Latin sounding name of a charming village located down in the southeast close to the capital Cagliari. The Silmius Hotel has a lovely private beach.
Sardinia is an island we cannot ignore. The hidden bays, the thousand sceneries of splendid cliffs, the agro-pastoral dwellings and amazing seafood leave us with nostalgia.

Sardinia is an island to go and explore by yourself. I’m pretty sure I’ll return.

Outdoor attractions worldwide

Free of charge for nature lovers

The Phu Quoc marine Park in Vietnam. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers. Top outdoors culturally sites and for nature lovers in Europe, South America and Asia.

 

 

Giants of Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giants of Causeway, Northern Ireland

 

Porto Moniz
Porto Moniz – Madeira – Portugal

Madeira Island, Regions, Culture and Attractions – Porto Moniz is a top attraction for nature lovers and unique as a lava huge pool. The region of Madeira offers many outdoor activities.

There is a lot to explore in Madeira. If you have the chance to visit Porto Santo beach. The Golden Island as it is called is worth a visit. Book your accommodation before you get there. At the moment there still 11 hotels.

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Lake Como, Italy.
Lake Como, Italy.

 

The Moai at Isla de Pascua, Chile.
The Moai at Isla de Pascua, Chile.

 

La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.
La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.

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The Queen's walk
The Queen’s Walk

The Queen’s walk in London:

One of many tops and free attractions that keep us going and returning to this amazing destination, the worldide capital. The city is still at the top of European destinations and always very competitive. Antique markets, second-hand shops, amazing gardens, architecture, museums, extraordinary food shops and amazing tea culture. Due to festivals and international events accommodation is quite expensive even though with many offers.

 

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