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  1. 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 (...)

  2. 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 (...)

  3. Towns and Villages
    Sines
    An old fishing town, Sines has been gradually transformed by tourism and industry. Nowadays, it is a major port and oil-tanker terminal of great importance to the Portuguese economy.Overlooking the bay are the ruins of a mediaeval castle, which was (...)

  4. Lisboa
    Towns and Villages
    Lisboa
    On the right bank of the broad Tagus river estuary, the capital of Portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. This is a spectacular geographical location and does much to explain the cosmopolitan history of the city. Its exceptional natural (...)

  5. 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 (...)

  6. Covilhã
    Towns and Villages
    Covilhã
    Lying among rivers and mountains, the city of Covilhã is one of the gateways to the Serra da Estrela.The original inhabitants of the land were Lusitanian shepherds. Covilhã was reconquered from the Moors by King Dom Sancho I, who built city walls to (...)

  7. Belmonte
    Towns and Villages
    Belmonte
    All roads in this ancient settlement - its first charter was granted by king Sancho I in 1199- lead up to the hilltop granite castle. A document dated 1258 describes the construction: the lofty donjon, walls, bulwarks and the noble residence. (...)

  8. Castelo Rodrigo
    Towns and Villages
    Castelo Rodrigo
    From its lofty hilltop position, the small village of Castelo Rodrigo looks down over the plateau stretching eastwards to Spain and northwards to the deep valley of the River Douro. According to tradition, it was founded by Alfonso IX of León, in (...)

  9. Campo Maior
    Towns and Villages
    Campo Maior
    Like so many other towns in the Alentejo, Campo Maior is a quiet and peaceful town in the south of Portugal, situated very close to the Spanish border. Tradition has it that its origin can be explained by the wilful determination of three peasant (...)

  10. Melgaço - Praça da República
Place: Melgaço
Photo: CM Melgaço
    Towns and Villages
    Melgaço
    Situated close to Galicia, the original settlement developed around the castle built in the twelfth century at the orders of the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. In the heart of the cool and luxuriantly green region where the famous (...)

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