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2495 Fátima, Portugal
On our vacation to Portugal, my husband and I rented a car and drove the 86 miles from Lisbon to Fatima. (There are also bus trips that you can schedule at your hotel in Lisbon). We had planned a pilgrimage to this famous town during our trip....
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Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of the most popular side trips from Lisbon is Batalha. When most people say they went to Batalha they refer to the Battle Abbey of Santa Maria da Vitoria. This magnificent church with its convent, cloisters, and unfinished chapels is one of...
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ロカ岬 2705-001 Colares, Portugal
My friend Jorge Silva took me to Cabo da Roca in Portugal, the westernmost point of Europe. It was a beautiful day in the cape. The surf was powerful and could be clearly heard crashing into the rock from the cliffs high above.
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Povoa de Penafirme, 2560-046 A dos Cunhados, Portugal
Goncalo Alves and his wife, Marta Fonseca, spent eight years turning an abandoned chicken farm on Portugal’s wild Costa de Prata into their dream retreat. “We wanted a big house to share with people,” says Alves. Their hotel,...
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Obidos, 2510, Portugal
Obidos is an extremely small and very well preserved town about an hour north of Lisbon (approximately 55 miles). It was first given to Queen Isabel by King D. Dinis in the 13th century as a wedding present, starting the tradition until the...
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2520 Peniche, Portugal
Hire a boat out of Peniche, Portugal, when available, and travel six miles offshore to the pristine Berlenga Islands. Then hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim the day away. Pack a picnic lunch and feast on the beach. The perfect day in paradise.
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Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
The churches in Portugal are uniquely beautiful in a way that is is ornate but not flashy or gilded. The Manueline style of architecture used to build the St. Jeronimos Monastery was a transitional style that combined Renaissance and Gothic...
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R. Me. Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisboa, Portugal
Azulejos (glazed tiles) are a ubiquitous decoration throughout Portugal. They cover the facades and interiors of many houses in Lisbon, and are even used as historical markers. The Museu Nacional do Azulejo, located in a 16th-century convent,...
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2300 Tomar, Portugal
Tomar Portugal is an amazing place to visit. Within this small town is a beautiful castle built by the Knights Templar, a jewish quarter with the oldest synagogue in Portugal (museum as well) and one of the funkiest museums ever visited- the...
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2450 Nazaré, Portugal
Old Portuguese women in local dress seduce beachcombers and tourists with their tantalizing display of "percebes." Percebes, a type of barnacle found on beachside rocks, are the perfect snack treat. These enterprising ladies will even show you how...
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Estr. de São Julião 257, 2705 São João das Lampas, Portugal
Praia de São Julião is one of the more picturesque beaches on the Ericeira stretch of coastline, and if you catch it at low tide, it can be several kilometers long and an unbroken stretch of white sand beneath dramatic cliffs. Popular with surfers...
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Estrada do Cabo da Roca s/n, 2705-001 Colares, Portugal
Cabo da Roca is the western-most point of continental Europe and juts out dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse complex sits atop the high cliffs and the view of the coastline both to the north and south is breathtaking. There are...
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Portugal, N247, 2655-130 Carvoeira, Portugal
The cliffs above the beach at Foz do Lizandro, just south of the surf town of Ericeira, are a popular launching spot for paragliders... depending on wind conditions you can sometimes see as many as 10 or 15 in the air at any time.
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Largo do Elevador, Sitìo do Promontorio, 2450-065 Nazaré, Portugal
From the charming fishing village of Nazare, in western Portugal, you can either take a tram or go on a short hike up the cliff, to the sitio. There you will have an amazing view of the ocean, beach and town below.
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Av. de Dom José Alves Correia da Silva, 2496-908 Fátima, Portugal
About 100 years ago three little shepherd children were visited by an angel and then the Virgin Mary and the rest, as they say, is history. From the miracle at Fatima came the Virgin of Fatima and up went the basilica and then many other buildings...
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R. Roberto Ivens 2, 2400 Leiria, Portugal
In 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared before three Portuguese children in the area of Fatima, Portugal and was thus renamed Our Lady of Fatima. The church took advantage of this fact (or fiction) and so did the locals. There are now several churches,...
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Cascais, Portugal
In the late 19th century, Portugal’s royal family started vacationing here and turned a simple old fishing village into quite the posh spot to vacation. Today, a jet-set Portuguese crowd comes here to sunbathe on the beaches and dock their yachts...
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Rua Francisco de Assis, 2640-366 Igreja Nova, Portugal
The Aldeia da Mata Pequena is a perfectly restored example of what rural village life in Portugal was like up until the last century. Only half an hour away from Lisbon, this village feels like its in the middle of nowhere and all of the houses...
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Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of our side trips from Fatima was to the Monastery of Batalha. When we arrived at Batalha, we were once again awed by the beauty and architecture of this immense battle abby that we had seen years before. Outside in the huge courtyard you see...
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
About a half-hour outside of Lisbon, Cascais is a great little beach town along the coast and the perfect base to explore the entire Lisbon coast. You can rent a car or the commuter train from Lisbon can drop you right smack in the middle of the...
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2510 Óbidos Municipality, Portugal
This tiny city about an hour north of Lisbon is rich with history and architecture. As you pass through ancient doors and an archway of "azuleijoes", you are among tiny, colorful homes and craggy cobblestone streets. A castle wall, built by the...