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  • Marvão Castle

    Set high on the serra of Alto Alentejo near the border with Spain is the tiny village of Marvão with its 13th century castle.

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  • Bom Jesus do Monte - Braga

    The Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte near Braga is apparently Portugal's most photographed church. Whether this is true or not there is no denying it is one of Portugal's most beautiful churches. The reason it is receives so much attention is not clear in this photo, but the church is set on a steep hill and reached via an incredible 116 metres (381 feet) Baroque stairway. The sanctuary is an important catholic pilgrimage site and true penitents will climb the stairs on their knees!

    The church itself was built between 1784 and1834. It was designed by Carlos Amarante and is one of the earliest examples of neoclassical design in Portugal.

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  • Palacio de Seteais - Sintra

    The Palacio de Seteais in Sintra. This 18th century neoclassical palace was built for the then Dutch Consul. It later came into the hands of the 5th Marquis of Marialva who extended it significantly, adding the arch in 1802.

    These days the palace is known as Tivoli-Palacio de Seteais Hotel, a five star hotel.

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  • Sameiro Sanctuary

    The impressive Sameiro Sanctuary (or Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro to give it its full name) is located on the outskirts of the city of Braga. It is relatively recent, having been built in 1863. The domed structure is dedicated to Mary, making this the largest Marian shrine in Portugal

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  • Cantaro Magro - Serra da Estrela

    Cântaro Magro in the Serra da Estrela National Park.

    There is a breed of large, shaggy dog from this region named the Soneca do Cantaro Magro

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  • Marvão Castle view

    The sweeping view from the 13th century Marvão castle which is perched atop this hilltop village in Northern Alentejo. The castle was built to protect the Serra of Alto Alentejo from the Spanish just across the nearby border.

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  • Cabo de São Vicente from the air

    An aerial view of Cabo de São Vicente (The Cape of St Vincent) on the Algarve's Atlantic coast near Sagres.With its location in the extreme southwest of Portugal it was once thought by many to be the end of the world. It turns out it wasn't and many of the great Portuguese voyages of discovery set off from near here.The lighthouse here dates back to the mid 1800s and incorporated the buildings of a 16th century Franciscan convent.

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  • Arrifana Beach

    The beach at Arrifana, near Aljezur, is on the Atlantic coast of the Algarve. Also known as the Costa Vicentina, this area is a protected Natural Park and a very different place to the holiday resorts along the south coast. This is fairly wild terrain, with steep cliffs rising out of the pounding Atlantic ocean.

    Arrifana is one of the best regarded surf spots in southern Portugal. There are several breaks along its length, but it is "Kangaroo Point" at the northern end where the real action takes place. It only breaks on a big swell and there are rocks everywhere, so be warned!

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  • Igreja do Carmo interior, Faro

    The lavish interior of Faro's Igreja do Carmo. The gilded carved wood is typical of churches throughout Portugal but the decor on offer here is the work of master sculptor Manuel Martins. The money to pay for ehis lavish interior is said to have paid for by Brazilian gold back in the days when Portugal had an empire.

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