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1984/2019

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

Personal Rating:

9

7/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

17/17

Places Visited:

Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Guimaraes, Vila Real, Vila Nova de Foz Cõa, Coimbra, Tomar, Batalha, Sintra, Mafra, Colares, Cascais, Evora, Elvas, Estremoz, Faro, Cabo da Roca, Funghal (Madeira)

Highlights:

Lisbon Mosteiro dos Jeronimos UNESCO with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Picturesque Torre de Belem UNESCO, 25th of April Bridge, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Museu Nacional dos Coches. Neo-Gothic lift of Santa Justa. Castelo de São Jorge for the city's finest views. Listen to Fado music. Alfama's tavernas and bars. Museo do Azulejo, Museo de Arte Antiga, Museu da Agua, Oceanarium with cable car and Vasco da Gama shopping mall. Excursion to Sintra with its fairy tale Pena Palace, the National Palace, and Quinta da Regaleira, an exceptional mixture of landscape and architecture. National Palace and Monastery in Mafra UNESCO. Near Braga is the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte know for its zigzagging staircase UNESCO, Convento do Christo in Tomar UNESCO, University of Coimbra UNESCO with its georgeous Biblioteca Joanina, Historical Centre of Guimarães UNESCO, Oporto's charming historical Center UNESCO with highlights such as the Bolhao market, Rua das Flores, Sao Bento Station with nice azulejos murals, church of Santa Clara with opulent gilded woodwork, Palacio da Bolsa and the Arabian room, Gothic Sao Francisco church, Torrre dos Clerigos, Igreja do Carmo, Bishop's Palace, the lively quayside, Cais da Ribeira (with famous wine caves) admiring the splendid Dom Luis I bridge. Casa de Mateus, near Vila Real. Alto Douro Valley UNESCO with Pinhão as its core center and plenty of Quintas nearby for wine tasting, or excursions by boat on the Douro river. Prehistoric rock art sites in Coa valley UNESCO, only possible to visit with reserved guided tours. Discover the Roman history in Evora UNESCO. Monastery of Batalha UNESCO, Monastery of Alcobaça UNESCO, Cabo da Roca on the Atlantic coast for great walks. Madeira Funchal's Flower Festival, Port Moniz and its natural pools amid volcanic cliffs,