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  • Lisbon neighborhoods and atmosphere

    Lisbon Favorites

    I stayed just off of Avenida da Liberdade (at the Ibis Hotel) and I spent lots of time strolling up and down. This was especially so when I just arrived in Lisbon and my room was not yet ready. I was dead tired and walked up and down this palm lined avenue just trying to keep awake. There are plenty of cafes, pasteurises and restaurants here to...

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  • Porto is the city of the famous Porto...

    Porto Favorites

    Porto's most famous attractions are its wine and its river (the bridges that cross it, the boats that sail it...). You can experience both of them by taking a river cruise that goes all the way to the Douro Valley, where the grapes that make the wine are grown. These are truly unique vineyards (that's why UNESCO declared them a World Heritage...

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  • Palácio Nacional de Sintra - National...

    Sintra Favorites

    Built by King Manuel BLAZONS HALL or Sala dos Brasos, has magnificent wooden coffered domed ceilings. This room was by far the most splendid and one of my favourites. Tiles were specially made for the King in Seville. Tile Panels bear Islamic motifs and lend an Arab feeling to many of the rooms. The sign in Blazons Hall reads: "The ceiling in...

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  • General Information

    Évora Favorites

    The Local Tourist Office is located at: Praça do Giraldo 73 - 7000-508 Évora Tel: +351-26-6702671 Business hours: Summer: 9AM - 7 PM Winter: 9AM - 6PM USEFUL LINKS: Evora council

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  • Views of Lisbon

    Lisbon Favorites

    When I lived in Lisbon (I left in 1972) the city was divorced from the river. Ugly and dirty banks, abandoned buildings, dangerous territory! With EXPO 98 Lisbon rediscovered the river, and now Tejo is not only the traditional theme for poems and fado, but also a well maintained resource, with lots of places where we can safely stroll, rest, or...

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  • Life in the street

    Porto Favorites

    And here's yet another one of those Port wine advertisements. There are way too many wine caves to visit, but if you're feeling especially energetic you can visit them all. I only saw 3. They all start to feel the same after a while.

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  • historic town center

    Sintra Favorites

    Green - that's the word that better describes Sintra. The steep hills topped with castles and palaces are all covered by a marvelous carpet of gardens and woods, filling the spaces among the classical buildings carefully integrated in the landscape. Circulating and parking is hard, but... who cares?

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  • Street scenes

    Évora Favorites

    In the old jewish district of the town. This street has at leat 2 restaurants, pizza take away, handicraft shop from India and Morocco. This street goes all the way up to the main square Praça do Giraldo.

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  • Getting around

    Lisbon Favorites

    Rossio is one of the main squares in Lisbon. Its official name is "Praca Dom Pedro IV". Long ago it was used as cattle market, public execution place, bullfight arena and carnival ground. In the middle of this square a tall column with a statue of king Pedro IV is located. It is surrounded by the Dona Maria II National Theatre, various cafes, shops...

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  • Castelo dos Mouros - Moorish Castle

    Sintra Favorites

    The "jungle" that has grown up around and even INSIDE Castelo dos Mouros, can at times be amazing, take these photos for instance. We are standing below, beside, on or even inside walls of stone, several meters high and looking out you can barely notice them for all the greenery.

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  • Convents

    Évora Favorites

    While visiting the Temple to Diana we passed by the Convento dos Loios and decided to visit there also. As you can see it has a nice decorative entrance arch with some statuary and inscriptions, including what looks to be a tomb in the floor. We entered and found to our surprise that the entire convent had been turned into a Pousada (see...

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  • Architecture, monuments, and structures

    Lisbon Favorites

    Once upon a time, I lived in Lisbon, when the cultural references for most of our citizens were those maniac that seven or eight centuries ago went east and south to cut Muslim's throats. The dictatorship times were gone, and it's a pleasure to meet another Lisbon, where tolerance and multicultural coexistence is appreciated. More than a worship...

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  • Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace

    Sintra Favorites

    "I offer a candy to who guesses Pena's style". It's a funny challenge: what style? All of them are there, but none of them dominant. The palace seems to be a collection of styles and influences, without any kind of option or preference. Maybe kitsch, maybe revivalist, maybe too complex, maybe humorist, maybe an accident, it is there, and...

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  • Praça do Giraldo Main Square

    Évora Favorites

    Praca do Giraldo. With a public arcade on one side, this square acts as a kind of city forum, enlivened by its welcoming and friendly pavement cafés and with a beautiful sixteenth-century marble fountain surmounted by a bronze crown. The far end of the square is occupied by the Igreja de Santo Antão, built between 1557 and 1563.

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  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais, Estoril,...

    Lisbon Favorites

    Cascais is a small town on the Atlantic coast, located some 30 km west of Lisbon. Once it was a fishing village. Today it is a famous tourist resort. One of the attractions of Cascais is the Palace of Castro Guimaraes. The Igreja Matriz (the main church) has some paintings by Josefa de Obidos. Unfortunately I couldn't see them, because the...

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  • tourist info centers

    Sintra Favorites

    When I arrived in Sintra, I took the bus uphill from the train station and it stopped at the Tourist Information Office, just along from the Sintra National Palace. It's a great place to get information and maps before you set out and explore what Sintra has to offer as far as tourist sites, restaurants, cafes, hotels and transportation options...

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  • Cathedral

    Évora Favorites

    Just a few extra views and thoughts on Evora's Se. In the first photo you can see Zohara pointing upwards at a doorway in the middle of a wall, yes a doorway. Doorway to where, well your guess is as good as mine, I just hope that there was a sign on the other side of the door saying "watch your step". Several paintings we found at the Se were in...

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  • Churches and monasteries

    Lisbon Favorites

    The church of Santa Engràcia stands on the site of some previous churches. It was built from 1682 to 1966. This is the site of the Panteao Naciònal; the National Pantheon where some presidents of Portugal and several writers are buried. I visited this church in order to see the tomb of Amalia Rodrigues; my favourite fado singer. The second floor...

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  • Cromeleques dos Almedres

    Évora Favorites

    This monument is located 5 kilometers from Évora. You can just rent a bike and go there, everyone does. Located on the road to Montemor-o-Novo. Turn left to Guadalupe and go straight ahead until you pass the little town. Enter a durt road and go almost 2 kilometers until you finally get there. Theres another megalithic monument before called Menhir...

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  • Eat, drink, and be merry

    Lisbon Favorites

    Hope that title caught your eye. If you are on your way to Lisbon and want to spend some time sampling Port, Portugal's internationally famous export, look no further than SOLAR DO VINHO DO PORTO. From the comfort of your armchair you can choose from 300 types by the bottle or the glass. Prices start from as little as €1.30 per glass. You will find...

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  • Water Aqueducts

    Évora Favorites

    Due to the lack of water inside the old town city walls, D. Joao III, in the XVI century, order to build the aqueduct. It's 18km (59055 feet) long spreding it's monumental apearence all over town. It's classified has National Monument.

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  • Belém sightseeing

    Lisbon Favorites

    The Lisbon card is a card that gives you free public transport, free entry to many monuments and museums and discounts on even more places. The card can be a good deal if yuo plan to do a lot of sightseeing in little time and plan to travel a lot around the city. The price of the Lisbon card is: Adults 1 day 16,00 € Adults 2 days 27,00 € Adults 3...

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  • Portas de Moura Square

    Évora Favorites

    Just outside the old city of Evora is the Largo da Porta de Moura. In the center is the marble fountain you can see here. We found it a nice cool place to sit on the marble sides, dip our hands in the cooll water and get some respite from the hot and humid day.

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  • Azulejos (tiles)

    Lisbon Favorites

    Now, if I'd had my own camera and no injured knee, there'd have been dozens of photos of Lisbon's tiles to choose from to show here - I just loved them - but with MrL's finger on the shutter most of the time and his eye and my thoughts on other things, most of them are just in my mind's eye. The variety is extraordinary, beautiful blue and white...

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  • Castle walls

    Évora Favorites

    Évora is one of my favourite cities in Portugal. It is not that far from Lisbon and access is good (highway) so we often use it as a weekend getaway or simply to do a pleasant daytrip with friends, to enjoy fantastic restaurants – food there is great, and so is wine. Évora’s beautiful old city is built inside a castle’s walls and all through the...

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  • Museums, parks, and culture

    Lisbon Favorites

    The real name of this garden is Jardim Guerra Junqueiro. Its construction begun in 1842 and took almost 10 years to complete. It is a nice place to rest a bit after a long walk. Here you find a children playground; a little library; some ponds, a big bandstand and a cafe-restaurant. This garden is located opposite the church of Estrela.

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  • Chapels

    Évora Favorites

    This is a perfect spot to watch portuguese late gothic style of mudejar. Portuguese late gothic style had to branches: mudejar with arab influences which also appeard in southern Spain of course, and the Portuguese Manuelino, that comes after the name of the King in the Discoveries times. I took the picture from the part you ca't really see any...

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  • Shopping

    Lisbon Favorites

    Shops are opened from Monday to Friday, between 09.00hrs and 19.00hrs, with lunch break from 13.00hrs to 15.00hrs. On Saturdays, shops open only in the morning, from 09.00hrs to 13.00hrs. The exception is the shopping centres that do a 10.00hrs to 22.00hrs stretch 7 days a week. The large Supermarkets also stay open until 22.00 hrs, 7 days a...

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  • Churches

    Évora Favorites

    The most notable feature on the façade is the porch with its arches built in different styles, both pointed and horseshoe, a typical example of the “marriage” between the Gothic and Moorish styles that is typically found in so many monuments in this region of Portugal. The church has the peculiarity of consisting of one single nave ribbed...

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  • Windows

    Évora Favorites

    This street belongs to the area of the old jewish quarter in Évora near the main square. Goes all the wa up from the Hotel of Cartuxa to the Main square. If you're comming for the first time to town and by car you should try to go up this street in the first place. You'll love the experience of entering the wonderful square of Giraldo.

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  • Gardens

    Évora Favorites

    I traveled to Évora on one of the hottest days of the year, mid-August, when temperatures rose in the Alentejo over 110 degrees F. I was shocked to see that even amidst the dry, desert climate, flowers still abounded. There are beautiful pink geraniums that line every street of the city, adding a great contrast to the whitewashed walls of the...

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  • Street Lamps

    Évora Favorites

    ah. you could make a book only about lamps in Evora. Actually about almost every cit in Portugal. Evora has wonderful lamps, comming from the renaissance period (adapted to eletric of course) and many from 18, 19 and debut of 20th century. In winter time when fog is covering all the city, you can stare amazed to the old buildings lighten by this...

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  • Roman Temple

    Évora Favorites

    Templo de Diana. wonderful place to visit. pure history being seen by your eyes. Its amazing how a thing build so long ago is still up in such a place. People usually go up the temple even with a sign saying NO CLIMBING PLEASE! I for many times told people to respect the archeologic site and not to ruin it by climb it and taking pieces of rocks...

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  • Albufeira.

    Once Albufeira was a fishing village; today it is a holidays resort with lots of beaches. I think they are more than 20. I liked very much its old center with whitewashed houses and narrow streets. Albufeira has a big main square with cafes, restaurants and a pedestrian street full of shops; rua 5 de Octubro is the name if my memory serves me well....

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  • Tavira.

    Tavira is a nice town in the Algarve. It is divided in two by the river Gilao. This is crossed by three bridges. One of these is of Roman origin and was reconstructed in the 17th century. The town has lots of churches, cafes and shops. I didn' t stay much in Tavira; perhaps three hours. Anyway I enjoyed its 13th castle. Its walls are well preserved...

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  • Lagos; another seaside town in the...

    Lagos was the capital of Algarve from 1576 to 1756. Prince Henry the Navigator lived, worked and died there. The town has well preserved ancient walls, some churches and lots of cafes, restaurants and accomodations. It is located 82 km. west of Faro.I didn' t like much Lagos, but I have to say that its beaches are really very beautiful.

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  • Strolling along the walls of Obidos

    Obidos is on of the most enchanting towns in all of Portugal. It is very tiny with a population of 3,100. The old section of the town is completely encircled by 13th century wall. It is possible to climb up stairs to the wall and walk the entire circumference of the old town. Doing so will provide you with excellent views of the old town itself and...

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  • Portugal is cork country.

    Portugal is the biggest producer in the world of cork and if you travel around the central and southern part of the country you will most likely come across the cork oak that is easily recognisable as it turns in to an orange/reddish color when the cork is taken off from the tree.Thes edays less cork is being used by winemakers as there are other...

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  • Portugal is marble country.

    Portugal is the second largest exporter of marble in the world after Italy.It's especially in the eastern part of the country you have the marble quarries and if you visit the town of Estremoz then you can go and visit the big open marble quarry in the outskirts of town.It's quite impressive to see how they break marble directly from the ground...

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  • Perfection near Lisbon

    The best of travel is always the unexpected. Best especially if it is of something unthought of or even as an afterthought, a sudden burst of serendipity encountered thru a shared new knowledge from another traveller, a sudden urge to find the thing, discover it that becomes your own. It is especially potent this discovery when it is wholly of a...

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  • Check out Festivals and Market days

    As you plan your trip take time to check out the dates for various secular and religious festivals and market days and try to work them into your schedule. We were in Porto for the MayDay procession and demonstrations and in Barcelos for the Festival of the Crosses and for the weekly regional market day. Sharing in these events adds a richness to...

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  • ARCHITECTURE OF PORTUGAL

    My sister and I visited Portugal in September 2009 and we were amazed by the wonderful architecture in Lisbon and neighboring cities. Several people groups settled in this most western part of Europe and it shows in the varied architecture - Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassicism.Look for the "Manueline" which is the exuberant...

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  • CITY OF THE SEVEN HILLS

    As you read more about Portugal, you will find it referred to as the City of the Seven Hills or the “cidade das sete colinas” . Important mystical cities like Rome, Jerusalem and Istanbul, Mosco, Barcelona (to name a few) have also been called "The City of 7 Hills".What is it's significance? It is a legend that says that Lisbon was built on 7...

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  • Lisbon Weather

    Of course anytime is the best time because Lisbon enjoys a wonderful warm climate, being relatively warm during the winter to the rest of Europe.Being close to the ocean, Lisbon may have fast-changing weather. But when we were there in September 2009, the weather was very nice, sunny and perfect for our jumping pictures. I think it only "drizzled"...

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  • Tile Lover Heaven.

    The array of tile in this city is astonishing. I was amazed in the variety. The tile placements, designs, and bold colors.

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