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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have to say in all honesty that Amarante is a great town that has about 12,000 inhabitants. It's the kind of place that once you get there, the first thing that stands out is its historic center. And by that I mean the rich heritage and cultural archetype that it has, i.e. the iconic [ poi = 177961] Convent of S. Gonçalo [/ poi] that can be found just past the bridge. It's one of the most spectacular things in this town and wandering through its narrow old streets makes it seem like time stands still. It's not easy to put the limits to this Portuguese town that grew with the passage of time, but is said to Amarante is blessed by three parishes: Amarante-S itself. Gonçalo, Cepelos and Madalena. Highlighting the ancient Roman bridge over the Rio Támega happens and where we find the Convent of S. Gonçalo, the [poi = 180851] Amarante Museum [/ poi] and river beaches, near the municipal swimming pools and Forest Park. In Alameda Pascoaes Teixeira, right next to the Convent there's a large granite sculpture and the tourist office and out of town.
On our recent trip to the Algarve we made a short stop to eat in one of the most populous cities of the Alentejo coast, Alcacer do Sal. It's said to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Built on a hillside, the city rises to end at the Pousada Alfonso II, a walled fortress that dates from the city beginnings. On the way up, along the narrow cobbled streets you will see white houses with red roofs, wrought iron balconies and a beautiful view over the river Sado, and its estuary where it empties into the sea. In the midst of a great natural spectacle, Alcacer do Sal marks the beginning of the great natural reserve of the Sado Estuary extending throughout the Troia Peninsula. Two things that stood out during my visit included a visit to the beautiful bridge going over the river Sado, and eating in the many bars and restaurants right on the banks of this beautiful river.