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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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  • 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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  • Joanina Library Interior - Coimbra

    The exquisitely ornate Baroque Joanina Library is part of the University of Coimbra - the oldest and most reputable in Portugal. It contains some 250 thousand volumes some of which are first editions of Portugal's literary masterpieces.

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  • Viseu Cathedral (Se) Cloisters

    The commanding site of the city's fine Romanesque / Gothic cathedral dates back to 830 AD.

    Built largely in the 13th century, after many restorations there is little resemblance to the original building.

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  • Coimbra

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

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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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  • 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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  • Alcobaca Monastery

    The monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Built in the 12th-13th centuries this was the first example of Gothic architecture in Portugal and for many years the largest church.

    Within the monastery are the exquisitely carved tombs of King Pedro I and his lover Ines de Castro who was brutally murdered by order of Pedro's father.

    Within the complex are arefectory, dormitory, chapter-house, cloisters, and huge kitchen.

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