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  1. 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 (...)

  2. Braga
    Towns and Villages
    Work on the Roman "Bracara Augusta", a regional juridical capital, began during the reign of emperor Augustus in 27 bc. It was part of the Empire´s network criss-crossing the Iberian peninsula to link it with Rome. Demonstrating the importance of (...)

  3. Monsaraz
Place: Monsaraz
Photo: Rui Cunha
    Towns and Villages
    Reguengos de Monsaraz
    The history of Reguengos has frequently been confused over the years with that of Monsaraz, since the limits of the municipality were exactly the same until 1838, the year when the municipal seat was moved to Reguengos, a situation which contributed (...)

  4. Lisboa
    Towns and Villages
    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. Alcobaça
    Towns and Villages
    Alcobaça lies in the valleys of the Rivers Alcoa and Baça, which according to some authors is the origin of its name. It has also been suggested that it was the Arabic name of the place which was split to name the two rivers.Alcobaça owes its fame (...)

  6. Serpa
    Towns and Villages
    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 (...)

  7. Montalegre
Place: Mosteiro Pitões
Photo: C.M Montalegre
    Towns and Villages
    Located in the heart of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, this region offers visitors a wide range of stunning views, in an area where nature has been allowed to preserve all of its many charms. The town of Montalegre is dominated by its castle, built (...)

  8. Évora
    Towns and Villages
    Topped by an imposing cathedral, Évora is laid out over a gently sloping hill rising out of the huge Alentejo plain. It guards its historic centre with a vast outer wall and represents a valuable cultural legacy that UNESCO has classified World (...)

  9. Covilhã
    Towns and Villages
    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 (...)

  10. Monsaraz
    Towns and Villages
    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 (...)


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