Top 10 most beautiful places to visit in Portugal
Portugal has many beautiful and incredible places to visit without a doubt! So we will share with you our top 10 most beautiful places to visit in Portugal, from north to south.
10. Quinta de Regaleira
The Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most amazing monuments of the Serra de Sintra. It was built between 1904 and 1910, in the middle of the monarchy.
The Regaleira Palace is the main building. It is also known as Palácio do Monteiro dos Millões, denomination associated with the nickname of its former owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.
The palace is situated on the slope of the mountain and was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
The palace is surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, caves and enigmatic buildings, places that conceal alchemical meanings, such as those evoked by Freemasonry, Templars and Rose-cross. Models the space in mixed paths, which presents the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline architecture.
The village of Monsaraz is surrounded by its medieval walls.
The medieval village of Monsaraz was conquered by the Moors in the 12th century. Over time it played a very important role in monitoring the Guadiana River and the border with Spain. The beauty and state of conservation of the village of Monsaraz are impressive. From the top of the castle walls, built in the fourteenth century and classified as National Monument, we can see the whole village with houses painted white and slate roofs with the Alqueva dam as a backdrop.
8. Algar de Benagil
Consider the most visited places in the Algarve. Algar de Benagil is a natural cavity formed by erosion of wind and water and is located near Benagil Beach. Access may be boat ferry.
Consider the most visited places in the Algarve. Algar de Benagil is a natural cavity formed by erosion of wind and water and is located near Benagil Beach. Access may be boat ferry….
A Portuguese parish of the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, in the province of Beira Baixa, region of the Center.
It is considered the most Portuguese village in the country. It sits on the slope of a large steep skid, designated the Monsanto Pillory (Mons Sanctus). It is located northeast of Guarda. At its highest point, its peak reaches 100 meters. The human presence in this place dates from the era of Dom Afonso Henriques. Archeology tells us that the place was inhabited by the barbarians at the foot of the hill, there are also vestiges of the Visigothic and Arab passage.
6. Foz d´Égua
The village of Foz d’Égua belongs to the parish of Piódão, in the Serra do Açor. In Foz d’Égua we find the confluence of the streams of Chãs with the one of Piódão, existing a fluvial beach.
Foz d’Égua is characterized by its serrano rural aspect, with typical shale and slate houses, surrounded by a picturesque nature, rich in fauna and flora, but it is not possible to know the natural beauty of the meeting point of the streams of Chãs and the Piódão, with two stone bridges, to merit the visit.
5. Douro Valley
One of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, the Douro Valley. Known as the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, it is also classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
A region producing high quality wines with unique characteristics due to the soil and climate of the region, the best known being the Port Wine.
The Douro Valley could also be called an enchanted valley such as the beauty and enchantment that its landscapes offer. On a route through the Miradouros that offer the best views, we will have to cross the river from north to south and vice versa. But along the way we can admire breathtaking scenery over the river and visit vineyards, villages and villages.
4. The Fort of Saint John the Baptist
The Fort of São João Baptista, or simply Fortaleza de Berlengas, is located on the island of Berlenga Grande, in the Berlengas archipelago, integrating the defensive set of Peniche in the district of Leiria, Portugal.
It was occupied in the early sixteenth century by a community of Jeronimo friars who offered aid to navigation and to the victims of shipwrecks. Nevertheless, constant attacks of corsairs forced them to leave the place giving place to the construction of a military fortress, with the objective to reinforce the defense of the citadel of Peniche.
In the mid-twentieth century was partially restored and opened to tourism adapted as a hostel and currently works only as house-shelter.
3. Azenhas do Mar
The Azenhas do Mar is a small village on the coast of the county of Sintra, parish of Colares. Developing along a stream that runs to the Atlantic and breaks the cliffs of the coast, and in which there were watermills, it has at the base a beach in which there is an oceanic swimming pool.
In addition to the beautiful natural landscape, there are several buildings of interest, namely with tiles on the facades.
2. Pena Palace
Built from the ruins of a sixteenth-century monastery, by King Ferdinand II of Portugal. It mixes different types of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and the creation of a park where it planted different exotic species of trees from around the world, made it become one of the most eclectic palaces in Europe. A true Palace, located in one of the highest points of the Sintra mountain range. The Pena Palace stands on a steep rock, is the second highest point of the Sintra Mountains. The Palace is located in the eastern part of the Pena Park.
1. The Convent of the Order of Christ
The Convent of Christ is the denomination attributed to a set of historical buildings located in the parish of São João Baptista, city of Tomar, Portugal. The beginning of its construction dates back to 1160 and is closely linked to the beginnings of the kingdom of Portugal and the role played by the Order of the Templars.
After the extinction of the Knights Templar in 1312, King D. Dinis created a new religious militia, the Military Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ, affirming the need to defend Portugal from the Moors. The headquarters of the Order of Christ is created in the former seat of the Knights Templar in 1357, where it will remain for centuries. Considered one of the largest monastic complexes in Europe, it was classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1983.
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