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Portugal sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Albufeira 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.
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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
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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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Map of all parks
National and city parks in 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 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
Remaining castles and fortresses 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 open for public
♥   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

Santa Catarina Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
There is a street in Porto that is worth attention of the most experienced and discerning travelers. It's called Santa Catarina. The main feature of this historic street are beautiful buildings decorated with traditional white and blue tiles, azulejos. Buildings with a unique finish looks simply fascinating. Their facades are reminiscent of the best works of art. Santa Catarina Street is considered a commercial heart of the city; the most amazing shops and souvenir stalls are concentrated there.

The pedestrian street starts near the train station. That's a real pleasure to walk there. Tourists go there in search of unusual gifts, jewelry and apparel. Locals love to relax in local cafes and restaurants where the most popular national food can be tasted. The legendary Café the Majestic … Read all

Soaring Umbrellas Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
Amazing outdoor installation can be seen in the Portuguese town of Agueda. Every year, for a few weeks, the central streets of the city are decorated with a special art installation. Colorful umbrellas are its main component. The most colorful and unique items are used to decorate the street. Parasols are opened and hung using specially strung ropes. In a sunny day, bright umbrellas make quirky colorful glare showing on the street and buildings. This decoration also creates a pleasant shade on the street, which is difficult to overestimate in a hot summer day.

Soaring Umbrellas Street is home to numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The place is very popular not only among tourists but also locals. This cozy street is pedestrian. It would be difficult to find the more amazing and … Read all

Sintra

From the series “Fabulous nooks of the world with striking colorful shades”
Portugal also has an amazing location that strikes with its fabulous atmosphere. That’s the old town of Sintra. Today, its colorful ambience is known all over the world. The ancient town was able to preserve the pristine architecture. There, you can see numerous majestic palaces, castles, and monasteries surrounded by centuries-old forests. The place features a very soothing and romantic atmosphere. The port city was founded in 1154 on the site of the fortress of the same name. Now, the whole territory of the town and its immediate surroundings are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Literally, every building in the city is a priceless historic landmark. One of the main historical sites is the National Palace of Sintra. The world famous Palace of Pena is hidden in the dense … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Portugal

Lisbon
After the devastating earthquake many sights of the city have been restored and today these places as well as other sites that have managed to survive are frequently visited by numerous tourists who come to see this magnificent city. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is one of the large-scale and modern facilities of our days. The bridge connects the city’s airport with a network of urban highways. This is also an important transport route that connects Lisbon and the rest of Europe. The city's … Read more
Albufeira
The Old City is the most notable and recommended place for visiting as the majority of 18th century buildings have remained here. Each monument is connected with some important event in the history of the city and the country. The earthquake of 1755 was very hazardous and ruined biggest part of Albufeira, but several churches, villas and houses managed to survive until now. The main religious sight of the city is the Church of St. Anna, which was built in the 18th century. The main decoration … 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
The central square of the city is the location of the cathedral built in the beginning of the 15th century. The decoration of the cathedral’s halls is no less impressive comparing to its magnificent and rigorous look. You will not find any excessive details here, but every piece of furniture is picked up strictly. Mercado dos Lavraderos market is, without a doubt, the liveliest place in this city. The selection of exotic fruits, vegetables and seafood here is really huge. In addition to … Read more
Lagos
Today Lagos attracts people by its primordial architecture and charm, amazing southern beaches like Praia do Pinhao Meia Praia and wide sand region of east. Tourists can enjoy sunbathing while active rest fans can ride a bicycle, a motorbike, make a horse ride or rent a cutter. You should also walk on the coastline, observe fort and town’s walls, and an old city. Tourists will find particular interest in visiting the Square of Republic, Baroque Church Santa Antonio that is decorated with … Read more
Portimao
Today the only reminder of the industrial past of this place is the museum open in the building of one of old mills. Coast of Portimao is a truly picturesque place well-equipped for recreation. Divers will appreciate calm sea and clear water, and vacationers with children will be able to enjoy beach rest simply every day because there are almost no storms and strong waves here. In the town there are several historical attractions, visiting which will add a pleasant variety to your program of … Read more

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