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  • 1 Universidade Velha Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. du Dr-Guilherme-Moreira P - 3001 Coimbra

    The old university occupies the buildings of the former royal palace that were restored and appointed to become the "Paço dos Estudos" in 1540. It has a superb library containing 30 000 books and 5 000 manuscripts referenced by subject. The..

  • 2 The Ramparts of Elvas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça da Republica P - 7350 Elvas

    Running for 5km, the fortifications of Elvas are one of the most accomplished examples of Portuguese military architecture of the 17C. Best explored on foot, they are constructed in accordance with the techniques of the great military engineer Vauban..

  • 3 São Lourenço church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - 8135 Almancil

    This Roman church, added to in the Baroque period is covered with azulejos dating from 1730. The azulejos were designed by Bernardo, an artist known by the name of Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes. Those on the walls and vault depict scenes from St La..

  • 4 Boat trip Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Armação P - 8365 Armação de Pêra

    In calm sea the trip takes you past sandstone cliffs and rocks that have been sculpted into strange shapes by the water. You will see 18 of the Algarve's most beautiful marine grottoes (Pontal, Mesquita, Ruazes).

  • 5 Historic centre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça de San Tiago P - 4810 Guimarães

    This district, which has retained its originality, lends itself to idle strolls through the large avenues and maze of streets linking squares bordered by old houses.

  • 6 Island of Berlanga Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - 2520 Peniche

    Anchored in the sea off the Cape of Carvoeiro, the island stands 12 km from the coast, a mass of red granite. It is the main part of an archipelago consisting of several islands: the Estelas, the Forcadas, and the Farilhões. It is a famous centre for..

  • 7 Buçaco forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N235 P - 3801 Luso

    Situated north of Coïmbra, near the Luso spa, surrounded by a stone wall with several doors set in to it, the forested park of Buçaco crowns the northern edge of the Serra do Buçaco. In the centre of this 105 ha forest, home to a most incredible vari..

  • 8 Sabrosa a Pinhao Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N322 P - 5085 Pinhão

    Leaving Sabrosa, the N 323 descends towards the Douro looking down on the steep-sided valley of the River Pinhão to the left. The slopes are streaked with terraces covered in vines among which stand the estate houses (quintas). About 5km before Pinhã..

  • 9 Solar de Mateus Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - 5000 Mateus

    The manor, built in the first half of the 18C by Nicolau Nasoni is a triumph of Baroque architecture. Notice the magnificent ceilings in sculpted wood in the large dining room and in the large salon, the richness of the library and some of the furnit..

  • 10 Porto Vineyards Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N222 P - 5085 Pinhão

    Around here, they say "God created the earth and man the Douro", and to see the river's banks sculpted into steep terraces supporting row upon row of vines is to understand the immense amount of manual labour lavished on this landscape over..

  • 11 Fonte Fria Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N235 P - 3050 Luso

    The cold fountain comes out of a cave from which its waters tumble in a waterfall down a staircase of 144 steps into a basin surrounded by hydrangea and magnolia in which some majestic conifers are reflected. The path runs alongside some magnificent ..

  • 12 La Via Sacra and the Cruz Alta Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Sacra P - 3050 Luso

    This is a walking trip of about one hour in which you will see the Via Sacra, with its stations of the cross consisting of chapels and the Cruz Alta at a height of 545m. The panoramic view is exceptional. The return route will take you along paths un..

  • 13 Road to Mont Torre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rte du Mont Torre P - 6200 Covilhã

    This itinerary takes the highest road built in Portugal (often traffic is banned until the end of April because of snow). It leads to villages such as Covilhã or Seia, and to the winter sport resort of Penhas da Saude. Torre, the highest point in Por..

  • 14 Torre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    P - Penhas da Saúde

    At 1 993m, Torre is the highest point in Portugal, and stands in a barren landscape with little grass. There is a vast panoramic view over the crop of reliefs of the Serras da Estrela and da Lousa from the centre, marked by a plinth bearing a cross. ..

  • 15 Basilica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - 2640 Mafra

    Built of marble, the facade breaks up the monotony of these buildings with its whiteness and its Baroque decoration. You will notice the Carrara marble statues of St Dominic and St Francis. Also admire the proportions inside and the variety of marble..

  • 16 Church of São Francisco Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Infante D. Henrique P - 4000 Porto

    This Gothic church, which has preserved its pretty rose window, is entered through a 17C doorway. The Baroque decoration is a veritable triumph. The altars, the walls, the vaults, disappear beneath a profusion of gilded and sculpted wood depicting vi..

  • 17 Cais da Ribeira Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 4000 Porto

    This area in the historic centre, which formed part of the world heritage, has been the subject, over several years, of important restoration work. The quay, dominated by the high silhouette of the metal bridge of D. Luis I, is the most picturesque p..

  • 18 Serralves Foundation (Contemporary Art Museum) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. D. João de Castro 210 P - 4000 Porto

    Occupying a magnificent 18-ha park, the Serralves Foundation is sited in a remarkable example of 1930s architecture; its Art Deco interior decoration was created by several great French architects and designers (note the the elegant wrought-iron work..

  • 19 Ponta da Piedade Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N125 P - 8600 Lagos

    The site of Ponta da Piedade gives this point a special charm. The reddish rock of the cliffs, where sea grottoes nestle at the foot, contrasts spectacularly with the green colour of the clear water. You can visit the grottoes by boat. Behind the lig..

  • 20 Ponta de São Lourenço Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R101 P - 9200 Caniçal

    This point, comprised of volcanic rocks in ochre, red and black, juts far out into the sea. Despite being weather-beaten by waves and wind, this is the only place on the island where you will find a sandy beach - Prainha beach - which is well protect..

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