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  • 1 Estrada de Escarpa Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Nacional 10 P - Setúbal

    From the Serra de Arrábida ridge there are views to the left of Mt Formosinho (499m), the highest point in the range, and to the right the site of Portinho and the Sado estuary. Below is the Franciscan Friary of Arrábida (founded in 1542), and numero..

  • 2 Quinta da Regaleira Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Barbosa du Bocage 5 P - Sintra

    On the site of an old 17C quinta, this architectural ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline styles was built in the early 20C by Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920), a businessman interested in freemasonry and the esoteric. The quinta is a riot of t..

  • 3 Cruz Alta Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Estrada da Pena P - Sintra

    From the summit with its cross there is a vast panoramic view over the entire massif (except Sintra) and surrounding plain, as far as Lisbon to the south (beyond the Pena Palace). The Pena Park has an accessible network of footpaths.

  • 4 Monastery of Batalha: Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Estr de Fatima P - Batalha

    This huge church is striking for its sober feel and elegant vaulting. The chancel has stained-glass windows from the Manueline period (16C) illustrating scenes from the Lives of the Vigin and Christ.

  • 5 Monastery of Batalha: Chapter House Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RN de Lisbonne à Porto P - Batalha

    Here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (in fact two Portuguese soldiers, one killed in France, the other in Africa, during the First World War). The bold 20m-span stone vault is the work of master architect Huguet. The construction was so risky that..

  • 6 Monastery of Batalha: Unfinished Chapels Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RN de Lisbonne à Porto P - Batalha

    King Duarte aspired to the establishment of a vast pantheon for himself and his descendants, but he alone lies here under an open sky in this unfinished monument. An octagonal rotunda (its portal bearing unusually exuberant Maneuline decoration) give..

  • 7 Charola dos Templarios Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - Tomar

    Built in the 12C in emulation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, this two-storey rotunda structure is internally octagonal and supported on eight pillars; a vaulted ambulatory separates the inner core from a polygonal (sixteen-sided) e..

  • This nature park covers 74 788ha from Burgo in the Algarve to Sines in the Alentejo. From Cape St Vincent to Sines, the coastline is wild. Battered by wind and waves, the protected Costa Vicentina has tall grey cliffs rising above beaches which are o..

  • 9 House of the Fountains Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rua das Ruinas P - Condeixa-a-Nova

    This villa was the property of a certain Rufus and dates from the mid-2C. Its room layout is clearly discernible from the column bases and flooring, much of which incorporates splendid mosaics. Around its central areas were sleeping quarters and rece..

  • 10 Antigo Convento de Jesus Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. de Santa Joana 329 P - Aveiro

    Built between the 15C and the 17C, the Antigo Convento de Jesus has a 15C church; in its chancel is the early-18C tomb of St Joana, by architect João Antunes. A museum since 1911, it has collections of religious and Baroque art: 16C Coimbra School sc..

  • 11 Douro Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - Barca de Alva

    With its source 2 060m up in Spain, the River Douro is an impetuous and unpredictable watercourse. It roars through the Spanish Meseta before flowing into the Atlantic above Porto. On the way, it has down the ages cut a steep granite valley (famed fo..

  • 12 Quinta das Cruzes Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Calçada do Pico 1 P - 9000 Funchal

    Once the home of city founder Zarco, this quinta is now a decorative arts museum, exhibiting 16C Portuguese furniture, and 18C-19C English furniture. In the last room is a 15C Flemish reredos depicting the Nativity. The house sits in a botanical gard..

  • 13 Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Caminho de Quinta do Palheiro 32 P - 9000 Funchal

    This vast establishment incorporating a hotel, smart restaurant and golf club sits in a fine English-style park traversed by avenues planted with camelias. Over 3 000 species feature, and it is pleasant to wander among its remarkable exotic trees and..

  • 14 Panoramic Route from Funchal to Curral das Freiras Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - 9000 Funchal

    After pasing the church of São Martinho, there is a fine view from Pico dos Barcelos over Funchal, Santo António and São Martinho. By the River Socorridos, there is a good view of its gorge. Then the route heads into the valley (fine panorama of its ..

  • 15 Cape Girao Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - Ribeira Brava

    From the clifftop viewpoint there is a fine panorama over the coastal strip to the bay of Funchal. 580m below, the frothing ocean creates regular curving patterns. The route passes through terraces and banana plantations then drops down to Ribeira Br..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Fonte Fria and Vale dos Fetos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Vale dos Fetos P - 1350 Luso

    This excursion will let you discover the beauty of the forest of Buçaco. There you will see the Ermida da Nossa Senhora de Assunção, which is one of the isolated hermitages in the forest where the monks used to retire and the Fonte Fia, the cold foun..

  • 18 Vasco da Gama bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ponte Vasco da Gama P - 1000 Lisboa

    Built between 1995 and 1998, this vast road bridge, over 11 miles long, crosses the Tagus between Savacem and Monitjo. It was designed to relieve the traffic on bridge 25 and form a direct link between North and South, without having to go through Li..

  • 19 Oceanario de Lisboa Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Esplanada Dom Carlos I P - 1900 Lisboa

    The aquarium was designed by American architect Peter Chermayeff and has five principal tanks recreating various habitats typical of the coastal areas of the Arctic, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This giant study centre dedicated to marine lif..

  • 20 Mosteiro de Santa Maria Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    Seen from the outside, these 18C buildings give no real indication of the Cistercian architectural jewels that lie within. The façade was rebuilt in the Baroque style and the portal and rose window are all that remain of the original façade. You will..

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