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  • Portalegre Castle

    Being located on the border with Spain, Portalegre was of great strategic importance as far back as the 13th century when this castle was built. It was originally composed of 12 towers.

    photo: Portuguese Eyes

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  • Ilha Deserta beach - Faro

    The beautiful, sandy Praia da Conchas (Shell beach) on the Ilha Deserta (Deserted island) off the coast of Faro.

    Whilst rarely completely deserted there are no permanent inhabitants of the island. The building you see is a restaurant, which is the only structure on the island.

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  • Palacio da Bolsa interior

    The fantastically ornate interior of the Arab Room in Porto's Palacio da Bolsa. The building was built in the 19th century as the city's stock exchange. Having such an extravagant interior was supposed to lend an air of credibility to the city as a European centre of investment.

    Now-a-days the Palacio da Bolsa is no longer the stock market and the Rab room is used for receiving heads of states and other visiting dignitaries in Porto.

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  • Forte de São João Baptista das Berlengas‎

    The Forte de São João Baptista is set on a rocky islet just off the Ilha de Berlenga, which itself is set just off the coast of Peniche. This 17th century fort was built to prevent the strategically important islands being occupied by North African pirates, or worse, the Spanish.

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  • Igreja de São Vicente

    The facade of the 16th century Igreja de São Vicente (Saint Vincent Church) in Braga. The baroque styled church is the oldest in Braga and the site dates back to the Visigoths in the 7th century.

    As is often the case, the rather modest exterior does little to indicate the opulent interior with its exquisite carvings and azulejos.

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  • Serralves Foundation

    The Serralves Foundation (Fundação Serralves) is probably the most important cultural institution in Porto, if not Portugal.The foundation is set in parkland in the heart of Porto and is home to a contemporary art museum along with the Casa de Serralves, which is itself a fine example of Art Deco architecture.The house was commissioned by Carlos Alberto Cabral whose family had owned the park at Serralves since the early 19th century. It was designed by architect José Marques da Silva and completed in the mid-1940s

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  • Portalegre Rooftops

    Looking out over the rooftops of the Alto Alentejo town of Portalegre.

    photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vitor107/

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  • Aveiro Moliceiros

    Traditional moliceiros fishing boats on the central canal in Aveiro. Despite looking similar to the gondolas of Venice these are fishing boats and have sails

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  • Beja

    View out over the city of Beja in the heart of the Alentejo. This is the old town from the tower of the 13th century castle (Torre de Menagem). Just beyond the castle walls is the cathedral (Se)

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  • Soure Castle

    Soure Castle is was built in the 12th century as part of a network of castles to protect Coimbra from the Moors. It has been listed as a National monument since 1949.

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