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6285 Piódão, Portugal
Add Piódão to your bucket list. You won't regret it. High in the Serra do Açor mountains, the last 10k of the journey to Piódão is not for the faint of heart. Travel along a windy, incredibly narrow dirt road, barely clinging to the side of a...
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Aveiro, Portugal
In the ancient city of Aveiro there are so many tourist sites and activities to experience. You can try the city's famous desert, ovos moles, a sweet egg confection. How about trying one of their great restaurants serving many seafood choices?...
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R. dos Mercadores 24, 3800-225 Aveiro, Portugal
The Troncalhada salina (salt pans) in Aveiro, Portugal is one of the salt pans that still operates in the area. The works are well run and fascinating. You can watch the worker as he scrapes the drying salt with his tools. He gathers it into a...
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Iberia
These colorful fishing boats are moored in the Ria da Aveiro at Costa Nova, Aveiro. The Costa Nova is a seashore town. There are many little souvenir shops, good restaurants offering very fresh seafood and fish. People go there for the eels and...
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Aveiro, Portugal
The Troncalhada salt pans are located on one of the canals on Aveiro and Troncalhada is now an eco-museum. At one time, the area had many salt pans, but today there are just a few. Salt pans are very important environmental sites . Many types of...
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Estr. de Fátima, 2490-216 Ourém, Portugal
In 1938, Monsanto was voted the "Most Portuguese Village in Portugal", and only on approach will you marvel at how impressive it actually is. The village, nestled 2500 ft above the surrounding prairie has been built around and miraculously...
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Aveiro, Portugal
When I visit Aveiro, I love to wander around the city. I especially love the canals and their alleys.I get to see the different moliceiros (boats), the fish market, the fishermen, tourists, and the many restaurants. There are several very good...
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R. João Mendonça 20, 3800-200 Aveiro, Portugal
Twinned with Newark, New Jersey, this town not too far south of Porto looks absolutely nothing like Newark, so don't be afraid to go for a visit dont' worry about fearing for your life if you stray down the wrong streets (but I do love Newark...
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Iberia
In the riverfront and beach town of Costa Nova near the city of Aveiro you will find the candy striped beach houses facing the river. The sight of these houses painted in vertical stripes of green, blue, yellow, or red with bright red geraniums in...
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3400-382 Avô, Portugal
Just because you're in the centre of Portugal it doesn't mean you can't go to the beach. There's a whole network of river beaches and Ilha do Picoto in Avô is one of my favourites. There's a small island in the middle of two rivers which means...
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R. Domingos Carrancho 4, 3800-270 Aveiro, Portugal
Aveiro, Portugal offers a regional sweet treat called Ovos Moles. Local history tells us that in the 19th century, the nuns in the convents used the egg whites to iron their habits and were left with the yolks. So the sisters created a sweet using...
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Rua António Augusto Gonçalves., 3041-901 Coimbra, Portugal
Under the meticulous eye of current Director, Pedro Catapirra, this hotel is a must stay while visiting historical Coimbra. The hotel is steeped in romance based on the Pedro and Inês forbidden love story which is a true tale. Every detail of the...
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R. Dr. Barbosa de Magalhães 15/17, 3800-209 Aveiro, Portugal
This young, trendy and hype restaurant gives the traditional Portuguese cuisine a fun twist. The owners of this place wanted to keep the roots and tradition of Aveiro, but also approach a younger crowd with less traditional palette. The result- O...
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3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal
Walking through the hallways of University of Coimbra, one can really feel as being on a movie set of Harry Potter thanks to the black capes uniform the students of Coimbra wear. The University is located on a hill, overlooking the city of...
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3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal
This might be one of the best sacred places in the University of Coimbra; This library, built in the early 18th century by King John the 5th, is known for its rich real gold baroque decor, and the plaster ceilings are decorated with allegorical...
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R. do Dr. João de Moura 2, 3800 Aveiro, Portugal
Even if you don't travel to Aveiro by train, don't miss a visit to the old train station. Its facade is covered with blue Portuguese tiles, (azulejos) telling a story of an everyday life in ancient times. The new train station is located near by...
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Coimbra, Portugal
Coimbra seems to be one of my favorite cities in Portugal and in Europe thanks to its academic character. The University of Coimbra is built on a hill, overlooking the city and the students' fraternities, called 'Republicas' which are all situated...
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6420 Trancoso, Portugal
The historical village of Trancoso, which seems as stayed still since Medieval times, is well known for its Jewish remains. If you walk through the narrow streets and pay attention carefully to some of the houses, you notice the symbols of Star of...
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Aveiro, Portugal
Aveiro is known and nick named as the 'Portuguese Venice' thanks to its canals, bridges over the canals and the painted colorful moliceiros (boats) that replace the gondolas in Venice. The original usage of the moliceiro was to transfer the...
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3810-119, R. Dr. Barbosa de Magalhães 10, 3800-209 Aveiro, Portugal
Some museums, small as they can be, get their names from the building they are located in. The Art Nouveau Museum in Aveiro is a great example for that, thanks to its location in Casa Major Pessoa, a true icon of Art Nouveau architecture. Casa...
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6430, Portugal
When you travel to Central Portugal don't miss some of the beautiful Historical Villages of this region such as Trancoso, Viseu and Marialva. Thanks to its strategic location high on a mountain, Marialva was well known for its military moorish...
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Marialva, 6430-081, Portugal
The most fantastic place to make a picnic: in Beirã Interior very close to the Douro river in Portugal, in the beautiful historic village of Marialva. In a rural hotel called Casas do Côro, the ideal place for those wanting to escape the hustle...
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Costa Nova do Prado, 3830-451 Gafanha da Encarnação, Portugal
A short driving distance from Aveiro toward the ocean, you can discover a typical beach where the charm of many wooden houses with colorful strips is quite exceptional. If you can plan your visit, make sure not to miss the sunset or sunrise over...
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2530 Lourinhã, Portugal
An hour drive from Lisbon, there is a small town where almost every shop and local business names begin with Dino…if you start seeing these signs along the road it means you’ve reached Lourinhã, the Portuguese capital of Dinosaurs. With unique...
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2510 Óbidos Municipality, Portugal
A former castle converted into a Pousada hotel, a Chocolate Festival and a Medieval Market plus a Literary Village and programs full of baroque music and opera...all to be found in Óbidos, an hours drive from Lisbon. This medieval town was built...
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6285 Piódão, Portugal
Built from dark stone and located in the heart of the country, Portugal’s mountain villages have witnessed more than 900 years of Portuguese history. While these villages are amazingly peaceful places to visit today, they have not always been so...
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Serra do Bussaco, 3360, Portugal
The Bussaco National Forest, in Portugal, offers many trails and sights that seem to replicate what the lands were prior to human settlement. On the trails one can see a wide range of trees and plants, fountains, and valleys. The Bussaco Forest...
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Berlengas, Portugal
Seen from a distance from the mainland at Peniche, the Berlengas just look like giant rocks. But as you come closer and visit this archipelago, its beautiful small beaches, rock formations and biological diversity will impress you. The archipelago...