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  • Carmelite Convent - Bucaco

    The Carmelite Convent in Bucaco.

    Bussaco has a long history of religious settlement with Benedictine monks arriving in the 6th century. In the 17th century it was taken over by Carmelite monks who built a monastery and erected a wall around the surrounding forest

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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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  • Mafra National Palace

    Mafra is a small, sleepy town around 50km north of Lisbon. I remember on my first visit here thinking that it was quite an unremarkable, but not unpleasant, little town. Then, bang! Suddenly I was looking at the most enormous, ornate building I'd seen anywhere in Portugal.

    Built as a convent in the early 18th century this was one of the biggest buildings in Europe at the time. At the time it served as both a Franciscan monastery and a royal palace. The real reason it was built in the seemingly obscure town of Mafra is it is close to very good hunting grounds in the nearby forests.

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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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  • 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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  • Palace of Busaco Detail

    A closer look at the stunning Manueline architecture of the Palace of Busaco. Completed in 1907 the palace was intended as a retreat for the Portuguese monarchy

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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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  • Esposende Fort and Lighthouse

    The Farol de Esposende (Esposende Lighthouse) set in front of the Forte de São João Baptista de Esposende. The 15 metre tall lighthouse dates back to 1922 is unusual in that it is made of metal.

    The fort dates back to the late 17th century and was built to guard the mouth of the river

    Both buildings sit on the northern banks of the river Cávado just behind Esposende's beach

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