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  • 1 Alcobaça Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    A programme of restoration has reinvested this church with the nobility and sobriety associated with Cistercian buildings. This church is one of the largest and tallest of its kind. Note the immense nave and the transept which houses the tombs (14C) ..

  • 2 Abbatial Buildings Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    This monastic complex is impressive. Visitors will be immediately struck by the simple lines of the 14C claustro do Silencio (the cloister of silence), whose thin double columns elegantly support three arches surmounted by a rose window. Visits to th..

  • 3 Almourol castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 2000 Santarém

    This fortress, punctuated with towers and crenellations stands in a rocky island covered with trees and cacti, in the middle of the Tagus in which it is reflected... It was erected in 1171 by Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of Knights Templar on th..

  • 4 Former convent of the Conception Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    L.go da Conceição P - 7800 Beja

    This convent of nuns of the order of St Clare, was founded in 1459 by Ferdinand, duke of Viseu, father of King Manuel. The elegant balustrade which crowns the church and the cloister resembles that of Batalha Monastery. The convent now accommodates t..

  • 5 Belvedere of Alto de Santa Catarina Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Santa Catarina P - 1200 Lisboa

    Early evening is the time to visit the nearby quarter of the same name to see the sun setting over the Tagus. Note the statue of Adamostor, the giant who, according to the legend, was turned into the Cape of Storms (the Cape of Good Hope).

  • 6 Miradouro de Santa Luzia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. Santa Luzia P - 1100 Lisboa

    This little terrace atop the hill of Santa Luzia with its modern basilica (a place of pilgrimage) is an ideal viewpoint. Preceded by a large square and a monumental staircase, it provides an excellent view over the Tagus, the harbour, the rooftops of..

  • 7 Museu de Artes Decorativas Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Largo das Portas do Sol 2 P - 1100 Lisboa

    Situated in the former palace of the Counts of Azurara (17C), the museum tells the story of everyday life in Lisbon in the 17 and 18C through a series of small, intimate rooms, decorated with azulejos and frescoes. The rooms have Portuguese and Indo-..

  • 8 Miradouro da Senhora do Monte Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    L. do Monte P - 1170 Lisboa

    With a view taking in the castle of São Jorge, the Mouraria district and the lower town, this is one of Lisbon's finest viewpoints. The nearby chapel dates from 1796 although its origins can be traced back to 1147, the year of Lisbon's reconquest.

  • 9 Museu Nacional do Azulejo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. da madre de Deus 4 P - 1900 Lisboa

    The museum, located in the 16C convent of Madre de Deus, shows how the panels of tiles were made and their development. The oldest azulejos are displayed on the walls of the great cloister and the small Manueline cloister: note the panoramic view of ..

  • 10 Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pr. do Imperio P - 1400 Lisboa

    The Monument to the Discoveries is an invitation to visit this museum of Portugal's maritime past with its impressive exhibition of a variety of model ships used for many different purposes: Asian vessels, 18 and 19C yachts, merchant navy steam ships..

  • 11 Jose de Azeredo Perdigao Modern Art Centre (CAM) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Dr Nicolau de Bettencourt P - 1050 Lisboa

    The centre, built in 1983 by architect Leslie Martin, has an interesting spacious design incorporating plants, thus creating the impression of a screen of greenery. It houses modern works of art by Portuguese artists from 1910 to the present day, inc..

  • 12 Jardim Zoologico Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Est. de Benfica 158 P - 1549 Lisboa

    Covering 26ha, Laranjeiras Park is both a zoo and public garden. The lower part includes the rose garden; there are enclosures for nearly 2 500 animals, many of which are exotic species. Note that the dolphinarium can only be visited during shows. A ..

  • 13 Belem Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. de Império P - 1300 Lisboa

    The heart of monumental Manueline Lisbon, Belém overlooks the Tagus, and is now home to the Belém Cultural Centre. This is a pleasant, airy district with villas and gardens, set on a hillside dominating the river. It has strong links with Portuguese ..

  • 14 Da Estrela gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pr. Estrela P - 1200 Lisboa

    This large garden, laid out in 1852, is full of exotic species (palm trees, dragon trees, etc.) Visitors can listen to music in the open air in front of the bandstand, go for a walk around the lakes or pause for a drink at one of the numerous drink s..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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).

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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