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Attractions in Portugal

Historic towns & architecture

Once a mighty colonial nation, many of Portugal’s lively cities still have an atmosphere reminding of those Old World times. They’re packed with remarkable monuments and with just a little bit of effort, you’ll discover traditional cafés and craftsmen who’s families have run their businesses for generations.

Natural beauty and beaches

The most popular beaches are in the Algarve, which has stunning coastlines and lots of natural beauty. For decades, it’s been a major holiday destination.

Museums

Portugal has a rich cultural tradition, and gained fame for its art in the country’s Golden Age, the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A number of world-class museums offer an insight in both domestic and foreign riches, and not only in the form of paintings. The best ones can be found in Lisbon.

Côa Valley Paleolithic Art. In the late 1980s, the engravings were discovered in Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The site in situated in the valley of the Côa River, and comprises thousands of engraved drawings of horses, bovines and other animal, human and abstract figures

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Batalha Monastery. Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória, more commonly known as the Batalha Monastery, is a Dominican convent in Batalha, in the District of Leiria, Portugal. It is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style.

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The Alcobaça Monastery(Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça) is a MediaevalRoman CatholicMonastery located in the town of Alcobaça, in central Portugal. It was founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history.

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Évora is a Portuguese city in the municipality of Évora. As of 2004, it had 41,159 inhabitants. Évora is located in the Alentejo province, a region of wide plains to the south of the Tagus River (Rio Tejo in Portuguese). The distance from the capital, Lisbon, is some 130 km

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The Convent of the Order of Christ(Portuguese: Convento de Cristo) is a religious building and Roman Catholic building in Tomar, Portugal, originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ

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The Church of the Santíssima Trindade(English: Church of the Holy Trinity), officially the minor Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Portuguese: da Santíssima Trindade, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima (Sanctuary of Fátima) in the civil parish) of Fátima, in the municipality of Ourém inPortugal.

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Castelo de Óbidosis a castle in Óbidos, Portugal, Subregion Oeste. It is classified as a National Monument. The name “Óbidos” probably derives from the Latin term oppidum, meaning “citadel”, or “fortified city”. Roman occupation of the area was confirmed by archaeological excavations, revealing the existence of a Roman city civitas near the hilltop on which the village and castle were established

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The Castle of Guimarães (Portuguese: Castelo de Guimarães), is the principal medieval castle in the municipality Guimarães, in the northern region of Portugal. It was ordered constructed by D. Mumadona Dias in the 10th century in order to defend its monastery from attacks by Moors and Norman.

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The Palace of the Dukes of Braganza(Portuguese: Paço dos Duques de Bragança), is a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza, located in the historical centre of Guimarães (Oliveira do Castelo), in the north-western part of Portugal.

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The Pena National Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Nacional da Pena) is a Romanticist palace in São Pedro de Penaferrim, municipality of Sintra, Portugal. The palace stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area.

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The Queluz National Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Nacional de Queluz, is a Portuguese 18th-century palace located at Queluz, a freguesia of the modern-day Sintra Municipality, in the Lisbon District. One of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe

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The Jerónimos Monasteryor Hieronymites Monastery, (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), is located near the shore of the parish of Belém, in the Lisbon Municipality, Portugal. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.

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Belém Tower(Portuguese: Torre de Belém) or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.

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Praia da Marinha (in English: Navy Beach) is one of the most emblematic and beautiful beaches of Portugal, located on the Atlantic coast in Caramujeira, Lagoa Municipality, Algarve. This beach is not only for its beautiful cliffs, but also for the high quality of the water.

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