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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. 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 (...)

  3. Faro
    Towns and Villages
    It was during the Roman period that this region developed and gained standing. It was then known as Civitas Ossobonensis, with its borders stretching to where modern Tavira lies, and included a number of towns with specific productive, rural and (...)

  4. 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 (...)

  5. Towns and Villages
    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 (...)

  6. Ponte da Barca
    Towns and Villages
    Ponte da Barca
    Situated in a luxuriant green region by the banks of the River Lima, Ponte da Barca is thought to have taken its name form the boat (barca) that connected the two banks before the bridge (ponte) was built in the fifteenth century. Previously, this (...)

  7. Albufeira street
Place: Albufeira
Photo: Turismo do Alentejo
    Towns and Villages
    The progress has turned Albufeira into a city with tourism and leisure as its vocation but the streets in the hold Cerro da Vila (mediaeval area) still preserve the picturesque appeal of whitewashed houses and steeply narrow streets. In Travessa da (...)

  8. 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 (...)

  9. Aljezur
    Towns and Villages
    The boundaries of Aljezur are delimited by the sea and the hills reflecting this double influence in its landscapes. While the coast is marked by high cliffs hiding sandy coves and dunes, the hinterland is a place of rolling hills covered with (...)

  10. Palmela
    Towns and Villages
    This town, located on one of the foothills of the Arrábida mountain range, has over the centuries attracted the various peoples who have passed through the Iberian Peninsula.It is believed to owe its name to the Romans, specifically to a praetor (...)


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