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Palaces in Sintra
Pena National Palace
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From the distance, the two huge twin smokestacks of the National Palace of Sintra betray its presence. In their dependencies, you can appreciate the characteristics of the Manueline style and a lot of the typical Portuguese tile mosaics. They also emphasize the artisan artistry of the rooms. In one, there are the 72 coats of arms of the Portuguese nobility. There is one space with a missing shield, which, apparently, was omitted after the nobleman betrayed the trust of the king.
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Historical Monuments in Lisbon
Belém Tower
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Belém Tower, was built between 1515 and 1519 and is the work of Francisco de Arruda. In 1983 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tower is located at the mouth of the River Tagus and initially was used to protect the city before it later became a customs center and lighthouse. It is located very close to the Jeronimos Monastery and the Discoveries Monument. When visitors enter the tower on the ground floor there are 16 windows with cannons used for defence and visitors can also visit the pits and holes where the prisoners used to be kept. Inside the tower there are five floors and a terrace. The floors are connected only by a small spiral staircase which, on busy days, means that people have to take turns going up and down which can sometimes be overwhelming. The names of the different floors, from bottom to top are Governor's Hall, Kings Hall, Hearing Room, Chapel and Terrace. At the front on the west side of the Tower of Belém there is a strange rhinoceros gargoyle. The first rhino arrived in Portugal from India in 1513. The Torre de Belém is the main icon of Lisbon and Portugal and therefore deserves a visit, and the views of the Tagus River are fantastic.
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Bridges in Porto
Dom Luís I Bridge
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A Ponte Luiz I (Portuguese) is one of the six bridges which are most emblematic of the city of Porto and that crosses the borders of the city and Gaia where you can find the famous wine cellars of Porto. Its construction is based on a Belgian engineer project, the designer was a disciple of Eiffel, which explains its similarity to the Eiffel Tower. It has two floors, on the top line the Metro passes. There are walkways so you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Douro river with barges passing through the city. To access the Bridge D. Luis you can get there from the mall which has opened (rua Catarina), the funicular that goes right up to the bridge and enjoy the atmosphere of the resort and which offers beautiful views over this cosmopolitan city.
Squares in Lisbon
Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)
(152)
This place is regarded by many as the most beautiful place in the world. Unfortunately our visit coincided with sewage flowing into the Tagus, but nevertheless we could fail to appreciate the magnitude of this enclave The beauty of the Arc de Triomphe which gives access to the Rua Augusta and portico of its three sides: North, East and West.
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Castles in Lisbon
São Jorge Castle
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St. George´s Castle is located on the highest hill in Lisbon, Portugal. Inside, one can be transported to long-ago and medieval times while enjoying the excellent preservation of this important Portuguese monument. Also, we had the pleasure of hearing a fantastic concert performed by a guitarist ve played spontaneous works by Granados and some other Spanish composers. We also saw a panorama of the city through a periscope located in the highest tower of the castle.
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Historical Monuments in Lisbon
Santa Justa Lift
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More commonly known as the Santa Justa Elevator, it was so named because Santa Justa Street joins with the Plaza do Carmo. The Elevator was designed by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard and although his aesthetic resembles that of the Eiffel Tower, no relationship was proven with the engineer of the famous Parisian monument, Gustave Eiffel. Its construction began in the year 1900 and ended in 1902. It has two elevators with wood paneling inside and with a capacity of 20 people each. At first it was a means of transport to the Chiado area but today it has been turned into a tourist attraction. From the top there are great views of the Baixa and the area of the castle.
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Monument to the Discoverers
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It is located in the Belem district and was opened in 1960 on the fifth centenary of the death of Prince Henrique, who was the biggest supporter of trips that led to the Portuguese Empire. It is more than fifty meters high. The monument resembles a ship with the Portuguese shield at the sides. D. Henry who was the navigator, is represented in the bow, holding a caravel in hands. On both sides of the monument the national heroes of the Portuguese Age of Discovery are remembered. A Sister is displayed on the sixth floor, and a staircase leading up to the top where we see a great panoramic view of Belem. The basement is often used for temporary exhibitions.
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Jerónimos Monastery
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The Monasterio de los Jerónimos de Santa María de Belém is a Gothic Manueline marvel. The highlight is its three leveled inner cloister. Without doubt, it is the most beautiful cloister that I have ever seen in my life. It's great to get on the top floor and see how the view changes depending on the height. There is also a small gazebo a little higher up which is accessed from the cloister's top floor - it has stunning views. The cloister is the work of Joao de Castlho from 1544. The same artist also has beautiful reliefs in the south porch. Inside, the nave is huge. In Santa Maria church, the vault is supported by startlingly thin octagonal columns. It is essential to visit King Sebastiao's tomb, which has the peculiarity of being empty (the monarch never returned from the battle in which he died in the late sixteenth century) and Vasco de Gama adorned it with a carving of descrubridor. To round off the day, is there anything better than visiting a neighboring bakery to try a famous pasteis de Belém? I honestly don't think so.
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Bridges in Lisbon
25 de Abril Bridge
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The April 25 Bridge stands right on the River Tagus, in the metropolitan area of ​​Lisbon, Portugal. Officially name at the time as Salazar Bridge, it was built by Salazar in 1960, and was designated its current name after the Revolution of April 25, 1974, which restored democracy in all of Portugal. It has an imposing aspect, with a steel construction that extends almost 2 kilometers. The bottom was recently renovated to house train tracks and such. You can also cross the river by boat and on the other side stands the statue of Christ the King.
Cliffs in Sagres
Cape St. Vincent
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Cape St. Vincent is a necessary must-stop during your trip through Southern Portugal and the Algarve. The closet town is Sagres (also home to Portugal's most delicious beer, "Sagres"), and you'll probably want to take a car even though there is a bus. Trouble with the bus is that it has set running times which aren't always the most convenient. Anyways, Cape St. Vincent is impressive for one reason: the views. The cliffs are absolutely massive and jut out into the ocean like knives. You can explore the paths curving off the main road at your leisure and encounter all kinds of great view points. As usual, I suggest loading up on some local cheese, chorizo, fruit, and fresh bread at a grocery in Sagres and have your lunch on the edge of the Earth. Skip the lighthouse. Drink in the sun, waves, and views.
Palaces in Sintra
Quinta da Regaleira
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The garden that surrounds the palace have different zones ( a lake, a tower, a water fountain....) and they are also connected to each other by secret passageways. It’s easy to spend even a whole afternoon here. The ticket for the palace and the gardens cost 8, but you can only visit the gardens for 5
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Neighborhoods in Lisbon
The Alfama District
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"Take the number 28 tram and stroll through Alfama ...", a friend and fellow traveler told me before I left for Lisbon. The truth is I didn't take it because it seemed like more of a touristy route (at 3 euros each, by the way) than something really authentic. I put on comfortable shoes (everyone insisted on the importance of "comfortable shoes" in Lisbon ... exaggerated) and I went up, got out and walked the streets of the Alfama district. It was a marvel. A gem, as the entire city of winding streets, stairs, patios, hanging clothes, beautiful tiles, Portuguese ladies from the neighborhood and hidden bars with coffee for € 0.50. To lose yourself with nothing more.
Shops in Porto
Livraria Lello & Irmão
(113)
Lello & Irmao is a library of movies, and has been since its appearance in the famous wizard saga, it is always full of tourists wanting to see if it's real. The central staircase is interesting and draws attention upon entering the property, with its curious curves, and it's delightful wooden shelves that are filled with books. Glancing over them, I saw that they had all types of topics, especially arts, there is even a shelf of books in Spanish. I would say that this one is one of the most beautiful in the world, a must see. It will not disappoint, and you will maybe find a book that interests you. The only bad thing is that it is crowded and the do not let you take pictures.
Train Stations in Lisbon
Tram 28
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Line 28 of Lisbon´s tram system is, perhaps, if not for sure, the most charming of the city. Walking the steep streets of the capital is an ideal route for tourists because apart from passing many monuments (Castelo San Jorge, B º Alfama, Sé, Mirador de St. Lucía ...), it is very cheap (only 1, € 40) compared to tourist trams that were primarily developed for the same trip (it sells for around 12 to 13 € / day). The tram stops are endless, often stopping to spend every 15-20 minutes as traffic jams in this are frequent due to its narrow lanes (it seems impossible for two trams to cross each other) and truly chaotic traffic ( more so than Madrid ...). You should get on the tram stations from the beginning because as more stops pass, more people get on and it is impossible to get a seat. Once you get on, hang tight and enjoy the ride.
Rivers in Porto
The Douro River
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The Douro River is the gateway to the Ribeira region and is worth exploring on a river cruise. All the cruises are very similar, and it's well worth taking a trip to enjoy the breeze and the views of the city. The tours cost 10 euros and run for 50 minutes, and many include a visit one of the wineries and a mini wine tasting and a tour of the cellars. We took the tour at 15:00 so as to avoid the midday heat. In the square just behind the pier, people drank beers while roasting sardines on a makeshift barbecue. In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants around the area with affordable prices: we had fish, a starter, and a bottle of local wine for about 25 € for two
Cliffs in Lagos
Ponta da Piedade
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Getting up before the sun requires a lot of willpower but if ever you do in the vicinity of Lagos, in Portugal, you will enjoy one of the best sunrises you´ve ever seen. The red cliffs are highlighted with the orange sun. Leaving the car next to the lighthouse, you can take routes that will let you discover amazing cliffs. You should take appropriate shoes and precautions about where you step, though, so be careful.
Neighborhoods in Porto
Cais da Ribeira
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Located in the "fregusia de São Nicolau" next to the banks of the Douro River, it's part of the historic district of Porto and considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The "Cais da Ribeira" is one of the oldest squares in the city and stands out due to the brightly-colored hold homes clustered around the banks of the river. A true gem of traditional Portuguese architecture. Nowadays, the area is a bit touristy, with lots of bars, restaurants, and hotels. Highlights are the "Praça da Ribeira", "Rua da Fonte Taurina", and the "Bacalhoeiros y la Casa do Infante" where Prince D. Henrique was born in 1394. You can't pass through the Douro region without trying Port wine, a real nectar of the gods that's cultivated on the banks of the Douro and gave the city its name.
Zoos in Lisbon
Lisbon Oceanographic
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The Lisbon Oceanarium is in the Parque das Nações, on the banks of the river Tagus in a new and completely renovated zone which was an ancient spring. There are four natural habitats recreated here representing the oceans and all lead to the centre tank. The visit is full of surprises as rooms dedicated to water and their movements showing how they make waves with videos and photographs, ponds with ocean babies Ocean (little creatures) and there are many activities for kids. In summer there are camps and the kids can go to sleep in the Oceanarium next to the central pond and get sleepy with sharks, fish, penguins, etc. It is a must for adults and children where you can see how much life there is in the sea and where can you educate how to respect it.