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  • Church of São Lourenço - Almancil

    The Church of São Lourenço (Igreja de São Lourenço) in Almancil dates back to the late 1600s. It is a fine example of a whitewashed Algarvian church built in the Baroque style. It features an large azulejo tile over the main door depicting Saint Lawrence of Rome which as added in 1730.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Estremoz

    The historically, and once strategically important town of Estremoz is set in on the scorching plains of the Northern Alentejo around 200km due east of Lisbon. Over the centuries Estremoz was central to the defence against Portugal's bigger neighbour, Spain.

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  • Capela dos Ossos - Evora

    The Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Evora is a wonderfully macabre reminder of our own mortality. It is located to the rear of the Igreja de São Francisco and was built during the 16th century by one of the Franciscan monks who thought it a nice idea to make his fellow monks contemplate on their own mortality. It seems things got a little carried away as the inside is covered in over 5,000 skulls plus a couple of desiccated corpses dangling from the ceiling!

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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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  • Coimbra

    View of Coimbra, home of Portugal's most esteemed university.

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  • Praia da Oura - Albufeira

    Praia da Oura (Golden beach) is located just around the corner from Albufeira's main stretch of beaches. It is a pretty beach backing onto a promenade lined with restaurants and cafes.

    Being a Blue Flag beach makes this a great family beach.

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  • Praia de Odeceixe

    Praia de Odeceixe (beach) is located at the mouth of the Rio de Seixe (River Seixe) which forms the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions of Portugal. This is the northern end of the beach which has a wilder appearance than the main beach. The southern end (Praia de Adegas) is a naturalist beach.

    Praia de Odeceixe has been awarded the Blue Flag award on a number of occasions for its cleanliness and facilities.

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