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Paula Rego Casa das Historias The majority of landmarks are located in the capital of the country - Lisbon and its suburbs. For more than 700 years Saint George's Castle, which is located on a high hill, has been the main symbol of the city. Starting from the 13th century it was used as a royal palace, nowadays one of its towers hosts an archive with important documents of the country level. Approximately one third of the castle was destroyed during the earthquake in 1755, so only the main wall and a couple of towers have survived until our days. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is not only a famous religious landmark, but also an important historical object. Many famous guests visited the monastery in the past, for example, Vasco da Gama, who prayed there before his famous travel to India. After the return of the famous explorer a church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built near the monastery. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is also the place of the burial of the royal family, and one of the monastery's buildings has been turned into marine and archaeological museums.
When traveling around the country by train from Porto, it is preferable to choose a hotel near the São Bento train station, as it is from here that …
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When describing religious landmarks of the country, we cannot fail to mention the Christ the King statue. It was built in 1959 and is an exact copy of the statue located in Rio de Janeiro. The height of the statue is 28 meters; there is an observation deck near the statue, from which visitors will be able to enjoy it stunning panoramic views of Lisbon.
The Lisbon Oceanarium remains one of the most visited entertainment centers in the capital, where visitors can see more than 15 thousand marine creatures. There is a giant aquarium in the central part of the complex. The capacity of the aquarium is 4 million litres, and that makes it the second largest aquarium in the world, with the aquarium in Japan being the first one. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The original hotels for staying are in most cases located in small towns. Imbued with history, the hotel “Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical …
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Interesting architectural landmarks and museums can also be found in Sintra, the main symbol of which is Palácio da Pena. The palace was built in 1939 on the ruins of a monastery and is well-known as the most romantic and elegant palace in Portugal. The palace was built in a way so it attached a remaining part of the monastery and a small chapel. The old part of the city is home to a very beautiful building - the Castelo dos Mouros (The Moors Castle), which was built 10 centuries ago. If one doesn't take into consideration massive protective walls, the building looks more like a castle from a fairy tale rather than an ancient fortress. The castle was empty for many years until it was restored in the 19th century. Nowadays, it's a very interesting open air museum.

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The first written references to the County of Portugal date back to 868. Only in 1143, it gained a status of the independent kingdom. In the 15th century, the Kingdom of Portugal saw the times of the colonial expansion. The empire flourished in the first half of the 16th century. Later, the country was under Spain and Great Britain and then underwent a series of wars and revolutions. After the revolution in 1910, Portugal gained a status of the republic.
Most hotels in the country provide a five-star level of service. This is because working below this standard is considered disadvantageous. One …
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Despite the fact that Portugal is annually visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, even big Portuguese cities feature a calm and peaceful atmosphere. In the midst of the tourist season, you can walk along in the streets of big cities, enjoy a calm rhythm of life and feel like not a foreign guest but one of the natives.
For many years, Portugal has become more popular with fans of beach holidays. The most popular beaches here are on the Lisbon Riviera. Algarve is a perfect place for romantic vacation. Here, you can not only relax on beautiful beaches with white sand, but also admire unique historical architecture. In Portugal, there are also excellent conditions for diving. Experienced divers usually visit Madeira.
“The hallmark” of exclusive places is accommodation in rural mansions or houses with the possibility of enjoying the family atmosphere and …
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Shopping enthusiasts like vacationing in big cities. In local malls, you can buy not only new stylish clothes, but also wonderful gold accessories. Popular souvenirs here are ceramic items. A lot of people prefer buying beautiful sets of port wines of the local production as souvenirs. The major sales in local malls take place in the middle of January and in late summer.
Vilamoura During the year, a lot of interesting holidays are celebrated in Portugal. In early September, the traditional Wine Festival is held. At the festival, wineries from all regions of the country present their best wines. The main events of the festival are wine and popular national dish wines. In any season, the guests of Portugal have an opportunity to take part in interesting wine tours, visit historical wineries and admire amazing vineyards.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Portugal

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Portugal
♥   Nature Park 'Arrábida' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Douro Internacional' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Laurisilva of Madeira' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Litoral Norte' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Madeira' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Portugal
♥   Restaurant 'Antiqvvm' Porto. Type - Creative. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Aquariu’s' Guarda. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Aquário' Lagos. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Arcadas' Coimbra. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Armazém do Sal' Funchal. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Portugal
♥   Castle 'Castle of Campo Maior' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Elvas' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Guimarães' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Leiria' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Marialva' . On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Portugal
♥   Palace 'Biscainhos Museum' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Burnay Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Buçaco Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Castle of D. Chica' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Correio-Mor Palace' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Portugal from our review series

Mafra National Palace

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Mafra National Palace isn’t another architectural sightseeing in Baroque, it is the biggest and the most beautiful King’s Palace in Portugal. The palace was built within 13 years and was finished in 1730. Originally this building was quite complex from the architectural point of view. There was an active monastery with monks in residence, a church and some other buildings. A lot of houses were saved, in comparison with the palace they look quite small.

The interesting feature of the palace is the largest collection of bells. You can hear them at a distance of 20 kilometres. At the end of the 19thcentury, the huge reconstruction has finished. After this, the palace became the monument of the nationally significant. In the palace, you can see a great collection of ancient items and art … Read all

Piodao

From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
The ancient town Piodao has placed on Serra do Açor slope in the centre of Portugal. For a long time, locals built their houses from the shale rock that was produced on the nearby deposits. All windows and doors are made from wood that’s why the town buildings look quite severe and dark. That resemble people about the Medieval times. The ancient Portugal town is rather small. Its area is just 6,3 square kilometres. Its population is about 220 people when a number of tourists are about several thousand more.

Thanks to the location, the town has outstanding ladders. If you want to walk around the picturesque streets, you have to wear good shoes. One of the main town’s sightseeing is the old cathedral that attracts people with its snow-white facade. Tourists who like to spend their … Read all

Estacao Sao Bento

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
In Porty travelers have a great opportunity to visit the historic railway station Estacao Sao Bento. The interior resembles the old French villas of the 19th century. The mansard roof and the wonderful interior decoration and handmade painting – all these have been saved in the building of the station. The architectural landmark of the station is the painted azulejois. There was used about 20 000 bricks for decoration. All of them were painted by the famous artist - Jorge Colaço. It took him 11 years.

The official opening of the Estacao Sao Bento railway station was in 1916. Earlier there had placed the ancient decrepit monastery. The building looks more like a museum than a railway station. Every day it is visited by hundreds of curious tourists. They take photos of the azulojois … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Portugal

Lisbon
An interesting historical monument is the Belém Tower, which was built in the 16th century. Not so long ago, the tower was listed in UNESCO. The construction of this beautiful architectural monument was timed to an important historical event - the opening of the sea route to India. In different periods, this tower was used as a defensive structure. Powder storehouse, prison, and afterwards even a customs station was located in it. Now, the tower is valuable for its unique architectural … Read more
Albufeira
One of the most interesting religious objects is considered to be the church of St. Sebastian. It is a vivid example of Manueline - national architectural style, however, the church is notable not only for its unique architectural outlines. It features a fascinating museum, which presents the works of art, all of which were made by local priests. The most valuable exhibit is a large wooden panel, on which the images of saints are carved.  Within the half-hour drive from Albufeira is a … Read more
Porto
San Francisco Church. Just like the cathedral, the Franciscan Church of San Francisco (Igreja de Sao Fransisco) is an amazing combination of different architectural styles. Originally, this was a gothic church, and you can see that by the rare of the building. However, eventually some elements of the Baroque style appeared in its design. The church was built in the XIV-XV centuries. In the XVI century a baptismal chapel was added to it. The chapel was designed by architect Diego de … Read more
Funchal
Madeira’s Botanical Garden is located a short distance from the city center. Currently, it covers an area of about 8 hectares. In total, about 3000 species of plants brought from various countries of the world are represented in the garden. Here, you'll see rare species of azaleas and magnolias, admire slender palm trees and rare species of orchids. The opening of the botanical garden took place in 1960. An interesting Natural Science Museum is operating on its territory recently. There is … Read more
Lagos
The symbolic historical monument is Forte Bandeira. It is located near the beach of Caís da Solaria. This fort was built in 1683 and for hundreds of years, protected the harbor from pirates. It was perfectly preserved to our days. Today, the historical building also houses an exhibition hall, in which local artists and photographers present their works. One of the towers of the fort is equipped with an observation deck, accessible for visits every day. A peculiar city attraction is the … Read more
Portimao
One of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the city is Jesuit College Church. This magnificent religious landmark was built at the turn of the 17th-18th centuries by order of the nobleman Diego Gonçalves. Since its foundation, the church has remained the largest in the Algarve. The old church is attractive both for its unique architectural appearance and rich interior decoration. It has preserved several beautiful old sculptures and elements of decoration made of precious metals. … Read more

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