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  • Arrifana Beach

    The beach at Arrifana, near Aljezur, is on the Atlantic coast of the Algarve. Also known as the Costa Vicentina, this area is a protected Natural Park and a very different place to the holiday resorts along the south coast. This is fairly wild terrain, with steep cliffs rising out of the pounding Atlantic ocean.

    Arrifana is one of the best regarded surf spots in southern Portugal. There are several breaks along its length, but it is "Kangaroo Point" at the northern end where the real action takes place. It only breaks on a big swell and there are rocks everywhere, so be warned!

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  • Praia da Marinha

    The beach of Praia da Marinha is considered one of the most iconic on the Algarve coast. It is easy to see why with the distinctive rock formations, crystal clear water and golden sands. Access isn't difficult but its a little off the beaten track so is often relatively quiet.

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  • Cabo de São Vicente from the air

    An aerial view of Cabo de São Vicente (The Cape of St Vincent) on the Algarve's Atlantic coast near Sagres.With its location in the extreme southwest of Portugal it was once thought by many to be the end of the world. It turns out it wasn't and many of the great Portuguese voyages of discovery set off from near here.The lighthouse here dates back to the mid 1800s and incorporated the buildings of a 16th century Franciscan convent.

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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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  • 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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  • Benagil Sea Cave

    Located just to the east of the small sandy beach of Benagil is the Benagil sea cave. The large cave has two big, arch-like entrances and a collapsed roof. Inside is a circular grotto forming a sort of miniature, private beach.

    The cave is best reached by small boat or possibly a quick swim round from the beach - if it's calm.

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  • Cresmina beach - Cascais

    A moody looking Praia da Cresmina. This beach is just around the corner from Guincho and is right next to its more famous ngihbour - Guincho beach. The two beaches are separated by the fort on the headland, which is now a luxury hotel.

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  • Marques de Pombal - Lisbon

    The 36 metre tall column and statue of the Marques de Pombal at the head of Avenida da Liberdade (Lisbon's main thoroughfare) Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, to give him his full name was responsible for much of the rebuilding of Lisbon (and Portugal) after the 1755 earthquake

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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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