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Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
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The symbol of Portugese expansion Lisbon  Portugal
Discoveries Monument Lisbon  Portugal
The symbol of Portugese expansion Lisbon  Portugal
Discoveries Monument Lisbon  Portugal

The symbol of Portugese expansion

My boyfriend and I visited this beautiful little country rich in history, castles and impressive landscapes.
Timing was perfect, a longer Easter vacation, when the weather is very lovely.
We would never rush through a country, rather return many times, because travel only becomes an experience if it is about quality not quantity.
We spent 4 days in the capital town Lisbon, taking big walks, sitting in old coffee houses, contemplating...
To step back a little and not to disturb locals immersing in their celebrations of the holy days of Easter, we rented a car and drove down to the magical tiny medieval town of Obidos.
We spent another memorable 4 days there, taking small excursions in the surrounding area, and getting to the most Western point of continental Europe...
Our hotel?
A 12th century castle...
Our room?
The tower of the castle...all ours for 4 nights :)

This picture was taken of the breath-taking Belém Tower (1515-1521) built by the order of King Manuel the first.


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