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  • Ilha da Cultura beach - Faro

    Ilha da Cultura is a small sandy island just off Faro. It is only accessible by ferry via the Ria Formaso. This is the western end of the island, Farol (after the lighthouse) and this is where the ferry stops.

    Unlike neighbouring Ilha Deserta there are a few residents on the Ilha da Cultura.

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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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  • 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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  • Carvoeiro

    Forty or fifty years ago Carvoeiro was the quintessential Algarve fishing village. However, being halfway between the resorts of Albufeira and Portimao it was only a matter of time before the tourist industry caught up with it.

    Carvoeiro is still a lovely spot though. It can get a tad busy mid-summer but there are quite a few little coves nearby to explore.

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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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  • Cromleque dos Almendres

    A closer look at some of the standing stones that make up the Cromleque dos Almendres (Almendres Cromlech) near Evora. The megalithic complex here date back several thousand years to the Stone Age and is, in fact the largest of its type on the Iberian Peninsula. There are 95 granite stones arranged in several formations. Although its exact purpose may never be known it is thought to have some astrological significance.

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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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