PLACES WORTH VISITING

ESTREMADURA and RIBATEJO: 

Lisbon - in Belém the places most worth visiting are the Jeronimos Monastery, Torre de Belém and Discoverers’ Monument. Famous cakes - pastel de Belém is also worth trying. In the centre you should see Baixa and its Elevador Santa Justa, the Dominican Church, Rossio alfama house i 250Place, the ruins of Carmelites Church and tram number 28 by which you can get to de Graça Church or to overlook Sra do Monte, then you may visit Alfama walking down to the river. With this tram you can get also to Bairro Alto which is worth visiting at night.

Cascais – a port city with sandy and pebbly beaches, Hell’s Gate (Boca do Inferno) and long promenade along the beach that goes to Estroil.

Guincho – a big sandy beach placed between stony cliffs, a place with ever blowing strong winds – perfect for wind – surfers.

Cabo de Roca – the end of Europe with rocky precipices and ever blowing strong winds.

Sintra – The Old Town with The National Palace, The Moors Castle, De Pena Palace with a superb garden, De Seteais Palace near Sinitra and Monserrate´s beautiful gardens are definitely worth visiting.

Mafra – a small town with a huge 18th century monastery and palace.

Ericeira - a small port town with a beautiful sandy beach where in several small bars you may try fresh seafood or fish.

Obidos – a small, medieval, charming town with a Mauritian Castle (nowadays turned into a luxurious estate) where it is recommended  to stop and have a glass of refrigerated wine.berlenga ii 250

Peniche – a fishing port surrounded by impressive fortified wall with a fortress. It’s from here that  ships sailing to Berlenga leave. A few kilometres further you may visit a beautiful village, Baleal, situated on an island linked to  the mainland with a sand – bar.

Nazare - a one - time fishing settlement where you may still today see bare – footed women carrying on their heads large trays full of fish, or fishermen sitting on the beach by their boats. Long, sandy beaches spreading to the north are unfortunately sometimes – in the summer – very crowded.

Fatima – a religious centre of Catholic Portugal with a huge basilica from the 20th century. A place where Mary Mother of Jesus appeared, a place that has always attracted crowds of pilgrims, especially on 12th and 13th May and 12th and 13th October (the first and the last revelation).

Batalha – there is a Monastery of Our Lady of Victory. The Batalha Monastery is regarded as one of the greatest Portugal's achievements in architecture.

BEIRA LITORAL:

Coimbra – an old university town, life declines here during holidays when the students are away. The streets are full of nice bars where fado from Comibra can be heard.

Aveiro – the monuments there are not numerous but there are beautiful beaches and bays. You may have an unforgettable time in cafѐs gorging yourself with some local titbits.

Porto - an old city with narrow streets and lanes that have remained unchanged, a city with small bars and old – fashioned shops. Porto divided by a river is then linked by five bridges for example Maria Pia designed by Eiffel or Ponte Luís I that leads to Vila Nova de Gaia, a place with numerous vineyards. Porto is stored here.

ALENTEJO:

Evora – one of the most picturesque Portuguese towns with numerous monuments of great worth: Roman temple, Mauritian streets, fortified walls and magnificent palaces and residences from the 16th century.

Beja – there you may see a labyrinth of small streets in The Old Town, 15th century monastery and a castle with interesting the Torres de Menagem.

Santiago de Cacem - there is a Mauritian castle with a graveyard, near – by the city there are Roman ruins in Miróbriga with the Jupiter Temple and a stone street leading to the villa and hot springs complex.

Santo Andre - Santo Andre has beautiful, lagoon beaches separated from the land by a narrow sand – bar. People spend most of their time here on the beach in cafѐs and bars. The sea tempts with its huge waves perfect for wind – surfing.

Praia Odeceixe – situated near a small village and arched mouth of the river, the city charms with its beauty under not very high cliffs. It’s screened and thus perfect for wind – surfing.

ALGARVE:

Cabo de S.Vincente – a cliff hung over often rough ocean waves, The Ancient called this place ”the end of the world”. The cliffs are about 60 metres high but rough ocean waves often reach the shore. Algarve boats

Sagres – a port town where you may try fresh fish. There’ s also a fortress there.

Lagos – one of the most interesting towns of the province, squeezed between the cliffs offers not only a superb shore, The Old Town’s lanes and history but also everyday life of the local people. Near – by Lagos there is Ponta de Piedade – rocky cliffs creating a number of small bays.

Albufeira – a former fishing settlement which is nowadays marked as The Old Town, a big resort with active night life today.

Faro – the capital city of the Algarve, the most interesting places are The Old Town with numerous churches and famous Skull Chapel (Capela dos Ossos) faced with more than a thousand monks’ skulls, where the walls are decorated with compositions of human bones.

Tavira - surrounded by orange and ficus groves is one of the nicest towns in the south of Portugal. There you may visit a town hall with medieval arcades, the Moors Castle with a charming botanical garden from which you may see the panorama of Tavira, a monastery from the 15th century and many churches.

It is not the whole of Portugal of course. There are still a lot of places which are interesting and worth discovering. Even two weeks with a car is not long enough to see everything that’s worth seeing in Portugal.

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