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  • 1 Berlenga Island Boat Trip Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ilha da Berlenga P - 2520 Peniche

    A very interesting trip allowing visitors to see a variety of islands, reefs, arches and most notably the sea caves hewn into the reddish cliff. The Furado Grande is a marine tunnel (70m) long which opens out onto a small creek ( Cova do Sonho), look..

  • 2 Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. das Janelas Verdes P - 1293 Lisboa

    The museum occupies the 17C palace of the counts of Alvor at the foot of Lapa Hill. The displays of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the 12C to the early 19C all reflect the history of Portugal, in that they are all by Portuguese artist..

  • 3 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pr. do Império P - 1400 Lisboa

    This magnificent 16C Hieronymite monastery was built in 1502 and is a glorious result of the great discoveries of the period. Vasco de Gama had returned from India with his vessels laden with riches, thus enabling the architects to embark on a very a..

  • 4 Santa Maria church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. dos Jerónimos P - 1400 Lisboa

    The south door has an abundance of statues, including one of Henry the Navigator. The interior is outstanding, in particular the vault which surprisingly withstood the 1755 earthquake and the slender architectural lines of the pillars of the nave. Va..

  • 5 Torre de Belém Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. de Brasília P - 1400 Lisboa

    The tower was originally built in 1519 in the middle of the Tagus to defend the Hieronymite monastery and to serve as a lighthouse. Since the earthquake altered the course of the river, this five-storey Manueline tower now stands next to a beach. The..

  • 6 Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. da Berna 45 P - 1093 Lisboa

    Situated in undulating gardens dotted with water features (on which glide geese and ducks) and modern sculptures, this museum opened in 1995 to house the Gulbenkian Collection. It displays its exhibits particularly well and is especially rich in Euro..

  • 7 Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. São Domingos de Benfica P - 1500 Lisboa

    This beautiful hunting lodge, built by João Mascarenhas, the first Marquess of Fronteira, in 1670, shows a strong Italian Renaissance influence, particularly in the gardens. The quality and variety of the azulejos, covering every conceivable flat sur..

  • 8 Mosteiro da Batalha Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    N 8 P - 2440 Batalha

    Situated at the bottom of a green valley, the monastery of Batalha (derived from "battle") was built in the 15 and 16C, before the Monastery of the Jeronimos. It is a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline art with Unesco World Heritage site s..

  • 9 Pico Ruivo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R218 P - 9230 Santana

    This is the highest point of the island of Madeira. Ruivo peak, which reaches a height of 1862m, has slopes planted with trees and giant ferns and offers an inimitable panoramic view from its summit. It is only accessible to experienced walkers unaff..

  • 10 Ponta de Sagres Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - 8650 Ponta de Sagres

    Sagres Point is partly taken up by the fortress which was built in the 16C. Badly damaged by the earthquake of 1755, it was repaired by the "New State" in 1940 and recently restored. Having gone through the gate, visitors enter a large cour..

  • 11 Cape St-Vincent Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - 8900 Cacela Velha

    This cape, the southwesternmost point of Europe, dominates the ocean from a height of 75 m. It has always been regarded as a sacred place and the Romans named it "promontorium sacrum"... The old fortress situated on the cape was converted i..

  • 12 Sete Cidades and the west of the island Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ER 1-1a P - 9500 Sete Cidades

    This is a half day trip taking you to the most beautiful parts of the island and its enchanting landscapes.

  • 13 Caldeira das Sete Citades Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ER 7-1a P - 9500 Sete Cidades

    This extraordinary site has inspired many stories, including one about seven bishops who, fleeing Portugal on the arrival of the Moors, took refuge on the "undiscovered islands" and built there the seven cities of Sete Cidades. It is well w..

  • 14 Capelinhos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    EN 1-1-a P - 9900 Horta

    To discover this volcano and its composition, it is best to go on foot. In a re-built house near the light-house, a museum charts the different stages of the eruption of 1957-1958. Between Capelinhos and Praia do Norte, you will pass through Morte Pe..

  • 15 Museum of the Orient Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Brasilia P - Lisboa

    Opened in 2008 in the Alcântara docks, this huge cultural centre is located in the former refrigerated cod stores. The museum documents Portugal's long-established relations with the Orient: Chinese porcelain, Indo-Portuguese furniture, textiles, pic..

  • 16 Hieronymite Monastery: Cloister Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - Lisboa

    This masterpiece of Manueline art is of dazzling sculptural richness, measures 55m across, and is laid out over two levels: the lower one, by Boytac, has broad arcades with fine colonnettes decorated in the late Gothic and Renaissance styles; the upp..

  • 17 Monastery of Batalha: Royal Cloister Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RN de Lisbonne à Porto P - Batalha

    Gothic and Manueline styles blend in this uplifting cloister. The simplicity of the Gothic remains undiluted by the Manueline features; the balustrade of fleurs de lys and floral pinnacles contribute to a harmonious whole along with the Manueline emb..

  • 18 Convent of Christ Window Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - Tomar

    The work of architect Diogo de Arruda between 1510 and 1513, this is the most striking example of the Manueline style anywhere in Portugal. From the roots of a cork-oak, supported by the bust of a captain, springs forth a twisting decoration that cli..

  • 19 The Southwest Point of Portugal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - Sagres

    Not far from Sagres, Cape Finisterre drops dramatically into the sea. This southwesternmost point in Europe is imbued with history. It was here in the 15C that Henry the Navigator established a school of navigation, which was to be crucial in the gre..

  • 20 A walk on the island of Berlenga Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île de Berlanga P - 2520 Peniche

    A staircase leads from the inn to the lighthouse. Halfway there, in the background look at the site of the old fortress. Follow the path to the west, towards the Wild Coast. From the top of the rocks, you will enjoy a very pretty view over the foamin..

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