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  1. Buçaco
    Towns and Villages
    Buçaco
    A large and majestic forest, the Serra do Buçaco is a genuine botanical garden where roughly 700 native and exotic species can be found, all of them protected by a Papal Bull issued in the seventeenth century threatening anyone damaging the trees (...)

  2. Caminha
    Towns and Villages
    Caminha
    A fortified border town situated at the mouth of the River Minho, where several battles were fought between Portugal and Spain, Caminha now enjoys much more friendly relations with its neighbour and there is a daily ferry-boat linking the two banks (...)

  3. Tomar
Photo: Luís Pavão
    Towns and Villages
    Tomar
    The development of Tomar is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory.It (...)

  4. Monsaraz
    Towns and Villages
    Monsaraz
    This extremely beautiful mediaeval town has succeeded in preserving its own distinctive characteristics over the centuries. Walking through the streets of Monsaraz is like going back in time, for it is a truly unique place where one can find all the (...)

  5. Serpa
    Towns and Villages
    Serpa
    Located on higher ground just a few kilometres from the left bank of the Guadiana, the great river that crosses southern Portugal, there is the town of Serpa. The site is known to have been settled since Roman times, around 2,000 years ago.With the (...)

  6. Porto Santo
Place: Ilha de Porto Santo
    Towns and Villages
    Ilha de Porto Santo
    Getting to know Porto Santo means discovering the first port that provided access to the epic maritime adventure of the Portuguese discoverers.This was the first of all the islands discovered by the Portuguese navigators and it contains within its (...)

  7. Festas da Rainha Santa
    Towns and Villages
    Coimbra
    Long ago, this site was occupied by the Celts, but the process of Romanisation brought a great cultural transformation to this region. The presence of the Romans is still visible in the various archaeological remains housed at the Museu Nacional (...)

  8. Óbidos
Place: Óbidos
Photo: Nuno Félix Alves
    Towns and Villages
    Óbidos
    The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From (...)

  9. Viana do Castelo
    Towns and Villages
    Viana do Castelo
    Situated close to the mouth of the river Lima, 65 kilometres to the north of Porto and 50 kilometres from the Spanish border at Valença, Viana do Castelo was founded in the thirteenth century by D. Afonso III, the king of Portugal, under the name of (...)

  10. Guimarães
    Towns and Villages
    Guimarães
    On 13 December 2001, UNESCO inscribed the historical centre of the city of Guimarães on the list of World Heritage. A distinction that is fully merited by this city, one that is full of historical memories and has so carefully preserved its heritage (...)

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