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  • Jardim do Paço Episcopal

    The Garden of the Episcopal Palace in Castelo Branco - an outstanding baroque garden. It contains numerous monuments, statues, terraces and these azulejos and staircases

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  • Marialva Castle and Village

    The ruins of the once grand Marialva Castle (Castelo de Marialva). Dating back to the 11th century the castle here was built high up on the steep hillside overlooking the border country. From here you can clearly see the the pillory, keep, citadel and cistern.

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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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  • Monsanto Rooftops

    View out over the rooftops of the idyllic mountain village of Monsanto.

    Voted the 'most Portuguese village in Portugal' in 1938 Monsanto consists of a huddle of granite cottages amongst gigantic boulders. There is a ruined castle, and next to it, the ruin of an old chapel both of which add to the ambiance of the location.

    Photo:Mónica Pinheiro: http://monicasjeans.blogspot.com/

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jardim do Paço Episcopal - Castelo Branco

    The Bishop's Garden in the town of Castelo Branco near the Spanish border.

    The garden was created in the 18th century for the then Bishop of Guarda, Joao de Mendonca. Constructed in the Baroque style it contains statues of allegories, kings and zodiacal signs, arranged around ponds, terraces and staircases.

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