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  • Praia da Falésia from above

    An aerial view of Praia da Falésia (beach) which is situated about halfway between Albufeira and Quarteira. The name of the beach comes from the distinctive red cliffs which back onto it

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  • The Anchor Graveyard - Praia do Barril

    The Anchor Graveyard (Cemitério das Âncoras) is located on the Ilha de Tavira behind the beach at Praia do Barril. This strange arrangement of anchors is in fact a kind of memorial to the lost tuna fishing industry that once thrived here. The anchors themselves were used to keep the nets in place as opposed to mooring the boats.

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  • Fatima

    The Basilica in Fátima forms the centre piece of the Fátima Sanctuary complex. The shrine is set in what was initially a small village no one had really heard of. The one day three shepherd children claimed to have had visions of "Our Lady" and things took off from there. Declared a miracle the site became a major pilgrimage centre in the catholic world, with the most dedicated making the journey here on their knees - including the stone steps of the basilica.

    The site here is huge; the basilica tower reaches up 65 metres and the square in front is bigger than St Peter's in the Vatican.

    Sadly, two of children died a couple of years later in the Spanish flu pandemic which swept the world in 1919.

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  • Igreja do Carmo, Faro

    The Baroque façade of the Igreja do Carmo church in Faro is easy to spot with its twin bell towers and flaking whitewash. Built during most of the 18th century this is one of Faro's finest churches both inside and out. The interior is fairly extravagant and also includes the somewhat macabre Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones).

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  • Pinhel

    View of the old quarter in the small town of Pinhel. The town is set in fairly remote mountainous terrain at the head of the Coa Valley. The castle here was once strategically important.

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  • Praia da Vau beach

    Looking over the rocky point that separates Alvor from the beach at Praia da Vau. The beach here is popular and has its own resort but is just far enough away from Portimão to escape from the major holiday crowds of neighbouring Praia da Rocha.

    Nestled away behind the rocks of the point is the lovely little cove of Praia do Barranco das Canas - but you can't quite see it here!

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  • Praia do Vale de Centeanes

    The beach at Vale de Centeanes is set at the base of steep cliffs a few miles to the east of Carvoeiro. It is a Blue Flag beach and fortunately access isn't as difficult as you'd imagine from this view.

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  • Alfama - Tram and Cathedral

    The quintessential view of Lisbon's Alfama district - the number 28 tram and the cathedral (Sé de Lisboa).

    This is the oldest quarter of Lisbon and is awash with historic sites. The Alfama still retains a certain degree of authenticity and a trip down any of the maze of side streets will give a glimpse into a Lisbon that has changed little over the centuries.

    The cathedral is the oldest church in the Lisbon area, dating back to shortly after the city was taken back from the Moors in 1147. It has been much modified over the years but still remains austere compared to its fantastically ornate contemporaries such as the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem.

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