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  • Lagos harbour

    Small fishing boats at anchor in the Algarve town of Lagos. As with most Algarve towns there is a strong fishing heritage here in Lagos and it continues to this day. Lagos as also been the start of many maritime adventures with the likes of Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama launching expeditions from here.

    Despite becoming a popular holiday resort Lagos still manages to retain much of its charm. with its bustling harbour and old town.

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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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  • Capelas Imperfeitas - Batalha Monastery

    The Capelas Imperfeitas (Unfinsihed Chapels) which are attached to the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória in Batalha. However, they cannot be accessed form the main monastery.

    The chapel was built as a mausoleum in the 15th century and were a farily plain affair. During the reign of Manuel they were decorated with unrivaled enthusiasm and seemingly unlimited funds

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  • São Pedro do Estoril Beach

    The beach at São Pedro do Estoril has always been one of my favourites along the Lisbon - Cascais line. With parking just off the Marginal road and a nice beach-side cafe I spent many a morning here with a galão and tosta-mista.

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  • Praia da Bordeira

    Peeking over the dunes and past the river towards the vast expanse of sand that is Bordeira. At low tide this beach stretches for around 3km up the coast.

    This is the exposed west coast of the Algarve and has a much wilder feel than around the corner. Instead of cliffs there are sand dunes and the waves here are far bigger and more powerful.

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  • Monserrate Palace

    The Monserrate Palace in Sintra is was built for Francis Cook, Viscount Monserrate in 1858.

    The Romantic-Orientalist style owes something to Brighton Pavilion. That was built by John Nash, the Monserrate Palace is the work of James Knowles Jr.

    Within architectural context of Sintra the palace is perfectly at home.

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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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  • Ribeira Beach - Cascais

    Ribeira beach is closest and easily accessible from the centre of the old part of Cascais town. Also known as Fishermen’s beach it is, as you would imagine, a popular beach in the summer. The esplenade it backs on to is often lined with craft stalls selling everything from local pottery to erm, African carved giraffes!

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  • Biblioteca Joaninha Entrance - Coimbra

    The exterior of Coimbra University's 18th century Biblioteca (Library) Joaninha.

    The interior is an excess of Baroque gold and wood containing many precious, rare books

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