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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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  • Parede beach

    The beach at Parede is a pleasant stretch of sand which backs onto an raised esplanade. Above this is the main "Marginal" coast road which runs between Lisbon and Cascais, which you can just make out here.

    The road was constructed in the 1940s and a fair chunk of Parede beach was built over in the process.

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  • Grândola, Vila Morena

    Memorial commemorationg "Grândola, Vila morena", a folk ballad about the town. The significance of the song is it became the anthem of the 25th of April "Carnation Revolution" which saw dictator Antonio Salazar overthrown. During his regime the song was banned as it celebrated the camaraderie and socialist conscience of the hard working poor of the agricultural south. The memorial celebrates Zéca Afonso's words and the haunting music it was set to.

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  • Igreja Santa Cruz - Coimbra

    The ornate Manueline facade of Coimbra's Santa Cruz church.

    The church dates back to the 12th century and contains the tombs of the two first Portuguese kings, Afonso I and his son Sancho I

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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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  • 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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  • Coimbra Fado Serenade

    A group of students from the university perform a fado serenade in the traditional student outfit that is still a common sight

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  • Pousada de Dona Maria I, Queluz

    The Pousada de Dona Maria I in Queluz is part of the Pousadas de Portugal network. These provide guest accommodation in some of Portugal's most historic buildings.

    The building is also known as the "Torre do Relógio" (clock tower) and sits across the cobbled courtyard from the palace at Queluz. Despite it's Baroque appearance the building is the same age as much of the palace, i.e. late 18th century.

    Originally this building was built to house the household servants and members of the Royal Guard. After several other uses over the years it became a pousada in 1995.

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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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  • 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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