Portugal Off The Beaten Path

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    Nazare's North Beach
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    Casa de Ramalde - Porto
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Portugal Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais,...

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Mandatory for anyone spending more than two days in Lisbon, a trip along the coast until Cascais allows you to see some beautiful beaches lined with classical palaces and modern villas. Estoril joins the best of the several beaches with the Casino that now has got some competition in Lisbon but keeps being a highlight in Lisbon's coast. It's also...

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  • Pena Park & Cruz Alta Point

    Sintra Off The Beaten Path

    Sintra has so many interesting points to visit, that most tourists visit the palace and skip the park. If you have time, don't do it. The park has a great botanical variety, and some views are great. Remember - the ticket to the palace includes the park, and you may also visit only the park. If you are visiting also the other monuments check for...

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  • Cromeleques dos Almendres

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    March 17 - Temples of the Equinox The visit is as follows: Cromlech Vale de Maria do Meio - Symbology of cromlechs, Rites ofthe equinox in prehistory, Ancient Meaning of Easter Cromlech of Portela de Mogos - Prehistory of Portugal, prehistoric peoples of Évora, theories of migration of peoples. Menhir of Almendres - Meaning of Menhirs, dream...

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  • Out-of-the-way museums and sights

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    This was the house where Amalia Rodrigues spent her last 45 years. Six rooms are open to the public here. These are almost like Amalia left them. The hall; with a huge Amalia' s portrait; the dining room, the guests bedroom; Amalia' s bedroom and the living room. In this house you can see several of her belongings. For instance there are some of...

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  • Monserrate

    Sintra Off The Beaten Path

    This park was landscaped in the 18th century by a wealthy Englishman; William Beckford. Around half a century later, another rich Englishman; Francis Cook transformed the gardens and rebuilt a mansion. This looks like an Oriental palace. Here you can stroll among local and exotic plants. When I went there, this park was quite neglected, but lately...

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  • Street scenes

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    Late in the afternoon, after we had done our touristy things in Evora, we took a walk, both for a "rest" from the day and also with an eye open for a good place to eat dinner. As we approached the town square, we heard singing and saw a group of people surrounding a group of troubadors. We joined them and enjoyed watching a group sing, dance and...

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  • Little things to notice in Lisbon

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Not so visited as its neighbor Alfama, this quarter still has its attractive look, sharing most of the characteristics, and giving a perfect look of Lisbon. A few interesting monuments enhance this quarter's interest.

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  • Quinta da Regaleira

    Sintra Off The Beaten Path

    This estate was built between 1904 and 1910. It was designed by an Italian architect; Luigi Manini for a wealthy Brazilian merchant; Antònio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. Here you can visit a palace, built in neo-Manueline style, a chapel and a very beautiful garden with fountains, grottoes, turrets and a lake. Quinta da Regaleira is located about...

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  • Outside Walls

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    This convent produces everything it needs for its monks. They don't go out. There are two distinct monasteries. This is the one inside the walls of the fortress. The monks that live here are in "Clausura" system which means that they dont get out of the monastery. Women can't visit this monastery. To go here you have to go direction Arraiolos all...

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  • Monuments and structures

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Located in the eastern part of Lisbon, it stands a little bit isolated, turning it in a less visited monument. It's a very interesting church from the 16th century, now making part of the Tile Museum, though allowing an independent visit. To go there, you must search for Xabregas, served by bus.

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  • University buildings-General

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    In Evora you will find the 2nd oldest university in Portugal,dating back to the year 1559. This university-buildings are next to the Mercade Municipal and the Franziscan church. We did not enter the buildings, a big part of them was also modernized of course but it was really interesting to learn something about this part of Potugese history.

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  • Neighborhood sights

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    In a hill in the north entrance of Lisbon a park surrounds the museums of costumes (Museu do Traje) and theatre (Museu do Teatro). It´s a large and refreshing park with lots of botanical species and a well conceived sequence of alleys and fountains, with statues composing harmonious sights. A good break, in the outskirts of town.

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  • Bairro da Malagueira

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    Made by the famous architect Alvaro Siza Veira, its has this arabish look. Go for a walk. Be careful cos some of the houses are habited by gipsies that some times could be not very friendly. Malagueira has 1 or 2 bad areas, the one near the Cruz da Picada district. Even tough don't worry.

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  • Belém sightseeing

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Very few people know, but Lisbon (near Belém) has some windmills you can visit! It's called "Santana Windmills", and they’re found in a neighborhood park in the Ajuda district above Belém. The entrance is through Rua Tristão Vaz and you can enter until 6PM in winter and 8PM in spring and summer.

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  • Medieval Paintings

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    This is really a very nice ip that you'll thank me after. Nobody knows about this place. Ask in the Turism Office for more details or just go to the after of Eugenio de Almeida building (same building just follow the road towards the museum and temple square, first door on the left after the Fundaçao Eugenio de Almeida's main entrance). The door is...

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  • Shopping

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    This could be one of the best areas of Lisbon, but it is one of the worst. Not recommended at night, even during the day it may have problems, because of the ethnic and religious minorities that dispute the place for all kind of deals. If you want some really cheap shopping and accept all the inherent risks, however, this may be your best...

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  • Sao Bento's Hill

    Évora Off The Beaten Path

    Wonderful place where you can see a full view of this city. This place has some old wind mils. take the road to Malagueira and as soon as you get to the Municipal Swiming Pool garden turn left. Straight ahead until road that goes up the hill. Enjoy.

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  • Sports, entertainment, and culture

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    There lies a 1000 hectare park in the hills in Lisbon called Monsanto. It is one of the only forested areas in the city. It is frequented by outdoor recreationalists. There is camp grounds available here for the budget-minded (or adventuresome) traveler. During the summer, the park hosts a variety of free outdoor concerts. The view of the city is...

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  • Lisbon for kids

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Parents - Monsanto - Get the No.2 or 13 to Monsanto park and as well as a nice day you'll also find Alto de Serafina (or Indian Park) as it may be known. A grand childrens play area which you will be hard pushed to get them away from. Open everyday 0900-2000 (summer) and 0900 to 1830 (winter).

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  • Take to the road: driving out of Lisbon

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Some 40kms south of Lisbon and a few kms west of Sesimbra is the remote, windswept Cabo Espichel and Santuario de Nossa Senhora do Cabo. Sheer cliffs drop away from the 17th century church (built with its back to the ocean) providing a dramatic location for this place of pilgrimage, and a place of lodging for the pilgrims forms a long line on...

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  • On the water

    Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

    Lisbon’s answer to the Golden Gate Bridge is this, the Bridge of the 25th April or Ponte 25 de Abril to give it its Portuguese name. Dating to 1966, and constructed by the same company who built its arguably more famous cousin in Califfornia, it is the 20th largest suspension bridge in the world. It was originally named “Salazar Bridge”, after...

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  • elevator/lift of Gloria lisbon

    This is a popular elevator or lift funicular right off the praça restauradores that takes you from downtown to the Bairro Alto district. The best here is that you can go from the great ambiance modern of restauradores to the picturesque old world of bairro alto .I admit walk by here many times and it was on this last trip that took a glimpse of the...

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  • Bridge of 25 April Lisbon

    This is the ponte 25 Abril in Lisbon. in Portuguese more of it herehttp://www.lusoponte.pt/A wonderful suspension bridge over the Tajo river of Lisbon. Its a sight to see in the distance and wonderful to cross by car. It is said to be compare to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco and it was built by an American company as well.The history of...

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  • Ferreira do Zêzere

    Located in a area with great landscape but for long forgotten by tourism this is a region where nature beauty and development gather now to allow great chances for tourism in the wild, with comfort and safety. Castelo de Bode dam is becoming very well prepared to receive visitors, with Ferreira do Zêzere one of the best approaching points.

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  • church do Carmo

    A nice church located at Rua do Carmo, passing by had some photos. The best of it is the façade in beautiful tilesThe whole front is a tile wonder piece showing scenes from the foundation of the order of Carmelites and mount Carmel. Built between 1756 and 1762

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  • Piódão

    If you like to visit remote places, and don't fear narrow and windy roads, Piódão may be your great day. A small village, perched in the slopes of the mountains, carefully recovered to preserve its typical look, is in the middle of nowhere. You may approach from Coimbra through Arganil, of from Estrela mountain, and, no matter the chosen itinerary,...

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  • memorial for the pogrom against the Jews

    In the year 1506 there was a massacre of Jews in Lisbon. The Portuguese Government recognizes this fact by this monument in downtown Lisbon.

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  • Teatro Nacional D Maria II, Lisbon

    located at Praça Dom Pedro Iv, Lisbon, tel +351 21 325 0800. This is a wonderful building and even better to see a play here.A bit of history I like.The National Theater opened its doors on April 13, 1846, during the celebrations of the 27 anniversary of Queen Maria II (1819-1853), therefore it displays her name. The history of the Teatro Nacional...

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  • Amarante.

    Amarante is situated 56 km east of Porto. It is set along the banks of the river Tamega.The highlight of Amarante is the monastery of Saint Goncalo. It dates back to 1540. The legend says that if you touch Saint Goncalo' sarcofagus you will marry within a year. I did it but I' m still single.

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  • Leiria.

    Leiria could be chosen as a base to visit Batalha, Alcobaca and Fatima. It is located 129 km north of Lisbon and is on the road to Coimbra.The main sight of this town is the castle. It was conquered to the Moors by king Alfonso Henriques in 1135. Five years later it was reconquered by them. It returned to the Christian' s hands again in 1142. The...

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  • The Almourol Castle.

    This castle is situated on an rocky islet in the middle of the Tagus river.It was built by the Templars in 1171 and is well preserved.I don' t think you can visit it inside, but sail around it. There are motor boats with driver on the shore of the river.You can go there by train from Abrantes or from Tomar. It is advisable to stop at the station of...

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  • Leiria Coast

    The coast in Leiria area is wild, with several nice beaches, allowing different programs only with a few minutes driving or just walking. Around the touristy destinations of Nazaré and S. Pedro de Muel, the landscape is beautiful, with a few endemic vegetal species

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  • Quinta dos Loridos

    Bombarral is not a top destination, but it is located close to Lisbon, in a touristy route that leads to Obidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré and the other main attractions int the centre of Portugal. Thus, it may be an option to a brief stop, and a look "of the beaten path", for instance visiting "Quinta dos Loridos". My Bombarral page may help.

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  • Dornes

    Advertised as a medieval village, Dornes is a common village with a couple of medieval remains, but with a great landscape, in a place suitable to calm vacation by the dam. It has a hotel and a restaurante, but I didn´t try them. It was, however, a very nice stop.

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  • Amieira do Tejo

    This small settlement, so small that VT lists only the main village nearby, Vila Flor, is a sort of castle in nowhere land. Atop the hill a small chapel is a good sightseeing point, but the general look of the village is not too appealing, For those who prefer to skip the touristy places, Amieira do Tejo may be a perfect option. "Do Tejo" means by...

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  • Belver

    A nice castle, " lost" in the interior of Portugal, in a nice landscape enhanced by the reflexions in the waters of the local dam, Belver is a nice detail for a good detour while travelling inland Portugal,

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  • Holy Cross Church in Braga

    The Holy Cross Church or Igreja de Santa Cruz in Braga is one of the finest churches in that lovely city. As an attraction it tends to be overlooked by the magnificent Se and the nearby Bom Jesus de Monte. Built in the 17th century, it is the best example of baroque architecture within the city. Much of the church fell into disrepair in the 18th...

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  • Ilha de Tavira

    Ilha de Tavira or Tavira Island, is a vacation spot accessible only by boat off the Tavira dock in Tavira, Algarve. The boat ride to the island will cost you a little over one euro. The island has camping grounds, restaurants, bars and of course, a beach. People from all over Europe go there to enjoy the summer sun, food and festivities. There is a...

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  • Naturalist Beach near Tavira

    If you are near Tavira, Algarve, and you are one of those people that detest tan lines, you have come to the right place. There are two places near Tavira where you can find official "naturalist" or nude beaches. One of them is on the far west Praia do Barril. The scenic trip to the beach is lovely on its own. To get to the beach you can either...

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  • Birthday Cake.

    Someone at the confrence had the same birthday as me and Diane brought a huge piece of the leftovers from Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo” (“The World’s Best Chocolate Cake”).It’s located away from the beaten tourist path, but it’s easy to reach if you step off tram 28 at its final stop in the neighborhood of Campo de Ourique/Prazeres.Rua Coelho...

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  • Portugal's Walled City of Óbidos

    Óbidos is a great stop you only need a couple of hours to explore the whole city, as you're walking through the walled city it feels like you are walking in ancient Portugal, the whole city has been virtually unchanged, including the Roman aqueducts. Óbidos is a little touristy but worth the stop, we still had a great meal and got to experience our...

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  • Quinta de Aveleda.

    Quinta de Aveleda is is the biggest producer of vinho verde in Portugal and a place that has a very nice manor house with a huge garden that is very nice too.They also have a shop there where they sell their wines aswell as other portuguese specialities.You can have tastings there too if you book in advance.Quinta de Aveleda is located in a town...

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  • Estação de São Bento in Porto

    The Estação de São Bento is a small but stunning railway station that is essentially a suburban train station for the city of Porto. It is remarkable for the fine azulejo (blue tiles) panels that adorn the walls of the station. For many including me, this is the first attration one might come across when arriving in Porto. The station itself is...

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  • Chaves.

    Chaves is way up in the very north of Portugal right by to the Spanish border.It's a town with quite a bit of roman influence including old roman baths and an old roman bridge over the river.It has a very pretty old towncenter with traditional stone houses that has wooden balconies which is something that you only see in very few towns in...

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  • The Citadel of Cascais

    The Citadel of Cascais comprises the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Luz de Cascais and the Tower of Santo António Cascais. It was constructed by King João IV in 1488 as a small fortress that was part of a defensive line of fortresses on the right bank of the Tagus River that protected the sea approaches to Lisbon. In 1580, Spanish forces led by the Duke...

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