This is a special place between Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Tavira. Cacela Velha is a small village where the predominantly white church is surrounded by houses dotted with bright colors (blue, yellow, ...). In the morning the Formosa River is lined with fishing boats that reflect blue tones and invite relaxation. At night there are several restaurants (some with traditional Portuguese food and others with more of a lounge atmosphere, like La Casa Azul). Overall, it´s a really charming little area.
Lisbon is a beautiful city with old buildings that, despite their years and neglect, keep intact the charm of a great European capital. Narrow streets, ups, downs, etc. You''ll need a subscription for the trams if you don't want to end up at the hotel early.
Medieval fortress that houses one of the most famous markets in northern Portugal. Land of bathrobes and towels. Enjoy a good meal (frango or cod) and do your shopping. You can find everything at a good price.
This is a spectacular castle superbly maintained, in a wonderful location. It is very close to Spanish border. The villa is completely walled. It is beautiful, this place is a feast for the eyes and soul.
In the District of Leiria, Portugal, Obidos is a medieval village which is dominated by its castle, and has centuries of history within its walls, and boasts a vast architectural heritage boht religious and historical relics. Throughout its history it was dominated by Romans, Visigoths and Arabs, being reconquered in 1148. This Portuguese villa was the resting place of kings and queens, and is a clear example of a fortified city reminiscent of the Mozarabic, Romanesque and Gothic. One can observe, when walking around the old town of Obidos, its nice little cobbled streets along with the picturesque white houses and red roofs, decorated with bougainvillea, sheltered by the impressive city walls, which all together take tourists through its centuries of history.
This is a small village that's in the Portuguese Algarve and just kilometers away from Lagoa. We always go around Christmas time and we have been for the last five years, but I imagine this area of Portugal is insufferable in the summer. Way too hot! However, in winter, it's charming. The other people in the area is known for its cliffs and secluded coves, but if doubt is the beauty of its small beach at sunset. There have undoubtedly been one of the best times of our trips. We were fortunate to attend an impressive and unforgettable sunset that I will try to show in photographs taken in 2005 and 2006. We confirmed our support to pass near here on Christmas Eve 2008.
I have always enjoyed visiting Portugal and this summer, I had the opportunity to visit a town in the north near Galicia with a long history. It's a small town with an older section that is surrounded by walls. It´s located on the banks of the River Lima (or Limia) which is crossed by a Roman bridge. It´s worth strolling through the streets where you´ll see some very traditional Portuguese customs among the multitude of statues and figures. I also recommend eating at one of the restaurants and enjoying the local cuisine.
The city was almost empty at night. this photo was taken from an abandoned church there in front. This village is a Templar castle which contains houses, seven churches and three main streets. There is nothing more. Just silence making it an excellent place to rest. The stars are brilliant in the sky and the greatest places to visit are the megalithic monuments in the Iberian peninsula. A marvel with excellent gastronomy.
Sagres, a town in the Portuguese Algarve, is renowned for its strong wind and waves. If you visit and it's not summer you will realize it is completely empty except for some passing surfer. It's a little uncomfortable because of the continuous wind, but it is certainly worth it for the landscape, which is full of beaches and cliffs. There is only one supermarket! Except for the beer (Sagres, well good that is!), everything is expensive.
Near Lisbon you'll find the fishing village of Sesimbra, which is surrounded by the Sierra de la Arrábida. It's a very nice tourist place to enjoy the beach and good food. Also, it's regarded as the Pearl of the Riviera.
Legend says Ericeira means "land of hedgehogs." In addition to its history with records dating back to the year 1000 BC, beaches and waves are enjoyed by surfers and are named 1st in the world of surfing in Europe and 2nd in the world surfing reserve . About 40km from the heart of Lisbon, in Mafra, with white houses decorated with blue , lies Ericeira. It's better to get to the beach and afterwards to one of the restaurants to enjoy the charm of both the people as well as the views over the ocean.
Time does not pass, and at night the wind roars on the windows, looking for the spirits of the Spanish and French who fought for the place. The town has a ruined castle and is full of fantastic places to see. The town is at the top of a mountain and in summer it is amazing.
If I'm not mistaken, this is the closest Portuguese town to the border of Spain (Ayamonte). Its streets, despite the traces left by the passage of time, are charming. Ancient buildings full of cracks and bold colors additionally give the town a special touch. It´s a view impossible to see in Spain. In its day it was a popular destination for the Spanish who crossed the border for cheap shopping. Now prices have gone up so the appeal has gone down. You could spend 4 days getting to know Algarve and then head back to Spain with a little extra time. In that case, you can go through Vila Real and take a stroll through its streets.
Don't miss this typical bar that has the authentic "Nikita" drink, which was created here and is very stylish. We love it and will come back. Camara de Lobos has been one of the villages we liked and this bar has fascinated us.
In the south of Alentejo the villages are different. They're more, shall we say, Extremaduran, or almost Andalusian. In fact, Mertola is a village that's surrounded by the Guadiana. And it's a very pretty village. It's on top of a hill and has a wall that protects it. I love how the white color reflects the light and makes for some great pictures. It's also a town that's known for its sale of shoes and sandals. It also has a church/mosque that has some of the most original things I've seen in recent times.
Vilanova de Cerveira (or just Cerveira) is a charming small village in northern Portugal. Its name comes from the deer populations that used to inhabit these lands, honoured by an iron sculpture of a deer observing the village from a hilltop by the artist José Rodrigues. The work also commemorates an ancient Portuguese victory, whose army outnumbered the Spanish. They placed torches on the antlers of the thousands of deer that inhabited the area's forests. Believing that the animals were a horde of soldiers running at superhuman speed, the Spanish fled in terror. One of the main attractions is the ferry that travels back and forth between the villages of Goián (Galicia) and Miño. The rest is much like other small northern Portuguese villages. It has small markets, good restaurants and typical Portuguese hospitality.
Estremoz is a special wine village. Surely the blame lies with its location on top of a hill and surrounded by walls that were a castle. It is from these towns almost film in which is entered through a winding road that you have to go under an arch that looks that once was closed. One imagines invaders trying to tear down that gate with battering rams and catapults. It is a tiny town but charming. At the top is a lovely square, with a church and a great pousada if you want to get away there. The views are fantastic.