Vila Nova de Cerveira is a small village next to the Rio Minho which improved its communications with the bridge that links to Spain at the height of the City of Tomino. It's a charming little place and we walked along its cobbled streets that are quiet and romantic.
Loulé is a beautiful town situated in the Algarve, in Portugal. It is very different from other cities in this region, as it is located further inland, not at the coast. It is therefore much less crowded with tourists. The historic center is surrounded by the old city walls. Its tourist attractions include the [POI = 563 581] Castle [/ POI] the [POI = 563 621] Municipal Market [/ POI] and the [POI = 563 591] Church of San Clemente [/ POI], among many others. I recommend that you visit this town, tin order that you can see the contrasts between the beach area and inland.
A couple of years ago I spent a few hours in Caldas da Rainha, because someone had asked me to buy pottery in a popular craft store there. It is a nice town, with pretty colored houses and a cobbled Old Town built on a hill. We went from Lisbon, it takes about 1 hour to get there. It is also near to Óbidos.
Although the new construction of apartments, hotels and private villas in the Algarve coast is being done in a crazy fashion, it is always possible to find something that at least isn´t a complete eye soar. This is the case of the Marina of Albufeira, which stands out all for its color, management and marina.
Serpa is a lovely town. It is very well known for its walls and entrance it has, with its two pointed towers. It is an ideal place to spend a nice evening. It has many twisting streets to discover and also everything is very well marked and it is quite touristic. I did not have much time to walk around it, but what little I could see I loved, and I enjoyed visiting it a lot.
I want to share the experience of visiting this village in the north of Portugal. Its charm is that all houses are made of schist (shaped stone slabs). It is in the middle of the Serra de Açor - a lovely place . Currently only 87 inhabitants.
TAROUCA is a municipality in the north of Portugal, belonging to the district of Viseu. There are 10 parishes and it covers an area of about 100 km2, with a population of 9,000. The head of the municipality and capital also called TAROUCA concello and is where the City Council, is a modern and quiet, which also has all amenities: schools, swimming pools, sports center, library, health center, an auditorium, etc.. The city sits in a valley surrounded by hills-like St Helena, Cristo Rey and Alcácima (where in the 15th century there was a castle) - they are great views, and it is linked by Varosela the river, on which there is a Roman bridge. Part of the path called the Cistercian Vineyards, the landscape is farmland and vineyards, with famous sparkling wine. For heritage of the city center there is the Mother Church of San Pedro, from the 12th century, which combines Romanesque and Gothic styles, and the Pelourinho or Pillory, both declared Property of Public Interest (IPP). It has other shrines and the rions of an ancient fort. Other places to visit in the parishes include: The Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas, the Monastery of San Juan de TAROUCA, Ucanha bridge, and the Casa do Paço de Dalvares.
Seixal is amazing and has a lot to offer either if you decide to spend a weekend or a day there. You will always have coffee shops around, and the beautiful view to the Bay and Lisbon on the horizon. Is a cool and nice location for anyone that desires a weekend escape or wants to walk by the bay and do some sports.