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Convento de Cristo, Tomar 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.
Castelo de Guimaraes

History and Entertainment

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.
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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.
Paula Rego Casa das Historias 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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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
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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

Carrapateira Beach

From the series “Top Beaches for Surfing on Huge Waves”
Carrapateira is considered one of the most attractive beaches for surfing in Portugal. It is located on the territory of a small village of the same name. This beach is aimed exclusively at experienced surfers. They will be able to ride the waves here. Their height reaches 4 meters. You can go on vacation in Carrapateira at any time of the year. The conditions for water sports are always optimal here.

The wavelength is between 50 and 150 meters on this beach. It can even reach 300 meters at certain times of the year. Carrapateira beach is sandy. There are large stone boulders on its territory. Not only tourists but also locals actively visit the popular stretch of coast. There are a lot of fans of surfing among them. The beach is always crowded on weekends because of this. But you can … Read all

Centro Colombo

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
Centro Colombo (shopping center) building is located in Lisbon. It is also a striking example of the postmodern style. This shopping complex is the largest in the Iberian Peninsula. It is one of the largest shopping centers in Europe. 440 stores are available to shoppers here. The shopping center attracts not only those who like to go shopping but also ordinary tourists. Travelers come here to take photos against the backdrop of a spectacular building. They also admire the landscape decorations presented on the territory of the shopping center.

In addition to several hundred shops, many entertainment options are available to visitors in Centro Colombo. The most famous and modern cinema in the city Zon with 10 halls is located here. The excellent Disney Store play area is equipped for … Read all

Azenias do Mar

From the series “Amazing Cities on the Rocks”
Azenhas do Mar is one of the most unusual towns in Portugal. It is located off the coast near Lisbon. This charming town was also built on the rocks. Its name can be translated from Portuguese as "sea mill". The town got its current name during the Arab occupation. It was at this time that the first water mills were built on its territory. This town began to attract travelers in the early 20th century. The first tram line was launched on its territory at this time.

The picturesque beaches are one of the main features of Azenhas do Mar today as they were many years ago. Natural pools formed in some places along the coast in the rocks. Grape plantations are another amazing attraction of the Portuguese town. Locals have managed to cultivate them for hundreds of years, despite the scarcity … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Portugal

Ponta Delgada
A small village emerged on the site of the modern resort in 1449. Local people were mostly engaged in fishing. At that time, no one thought that the settlement would ever become the capital of the Azores. In 1546, a devastating earthquake happened in Sao Miguel. This disaster almost completely wiped the city off the face of the earth. This is how Ponta Delgada became the new capital of the island. The administration of Sao Miguel moved to the new location. As expected, Ponta Delgada started … Read more
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
Aveiro
The history of Aveiro dates back to the Roman Empire times. According to historical records, the city was founded later, in 959. This period marks the start of the region’s development. Aveiro had a fortunate fate. Thanks to the salt vaporizing method, local people started extracting salt from the seawater. During this period, Aveiro was a prosperous and quickly developing port city. Aveiro’s population was actively involved in fishing. The sea was generous to fishermen, so they could … 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
Coimbra
In the past, there was a settlement called Conímbriga not far from modern Coimbra. That settlement gave the name to the Portuguese city. When Sueves and Visigoths invaded the region, local people had nothing to do but to abandon their houses and move to Eminium Hill situated near the bank of the Mondego River. This is where Coimbra was initially located. The settlers kept the name of their homeland and used a short form of the name, changing it to Coimbra. The Moors conquered the new city in … 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
Evora
The ancient Lusitanian tribes were the first settlers in this area. They founded the first settlement here and called it similar to the modern name of the city – Ebora. When the Romans captured this territory in the 80s BC, local people had nothing left to do but to ask help from Quintus Sertorius, a rebel Roman commander. He remained the ruler in this area for seven years. However, the Romans found a way to conquer the city and destroy Sertorius, and so Julius Caesar became the new ruler … 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

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