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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Obidos Street

    A typical street view from the walled, medieval town of Obidos.The narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses along with hanging baskets of flowers are characteristic of the town

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

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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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  • Penela Castle

    The walls of Castle Penela Castle, built to defend Coimbra from the Moors. The existing structure dates back to the mid 12th century and is built into the very granite of the hillside overlooking the village.

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