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  • Guincho

    Just around the corner from the genteel sheltered beaches of Cascais is the Atlantic coast and Guincho beach. This beautiful rugged beach is a different world to the tourist cafe lined promenades of the Estoril and Cascais beaches. Beyond those cliffs in the distance is Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point in mainland Europe. As you can imagine, it can get pretty wild here and it is often breezy - which makes it a popular spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers.

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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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  • Praia Grande

    Looking out over Praia Grande from the high cliffs at the southern end of the beach. Praia Grande is one of the closest beaches to Sintra and its vast expanse of golden sand makes it a popular choice.

    In this photo you can clearly see the outdoor swimming pool with Praia Pequena just behind. The houses clinging to the cliffs beyond the first headland overlook Praia das Macas, another popular beach.

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  • Viseu Cathedral Cloisters

    Romanesque columns that support the vaulted ceilling of Viseu's 13th-century Sé Cathedral.

    The two storey cloisters form a relatively simple interior by Portuguese standards.

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  • Almourol Castle

    The medieval Castle of Almourol is located on an islet in the Tagus River, which flows from Spain to the coast at Lisbon. The site predates the present castle with structures attributed to the Romans, Visigoths and Moors, amongst others, all having been built here.

    The current castle was part of a defensive line against the Moors and controlled by the Knights Templar along with the castle at nearby Tomar.

    A significant amount of work and remodeling was carried out in the 1940s and 1950s after it had fallen into disrepair

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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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  • Old Train Station - Aveiro

    The lovely old train station in Aveiro is decorated with some fine azulejo tiles depicting life in the city in the last century.

    Aveiro has a new railway station now, situated right next to this one.

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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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  • Archbishop's Palace and Gardens - Braga

    The Archiepiscopal Court (Paço Arquiepiscopal), also known as the Old Archbishop's Palace in Braga. There are three distinct wings to the palace, all dating back to different times and with different styling. This is the Eastern wing which looks out over the Santa Barbara Garden. It is mainly Gothic in style and dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries.

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