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15 Magical Places to Visit in Portugal

Portugal is by far, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The archipelago, valleys, beaches, and ancient architecture, all help give the country its distinctive appearance. I am totally sold on Portugal as my next vacation spot. I think you'll be convinced too after seeing these photos

Here are  the 15 most spectacular sites to visit in Portugal:

1) Ponta da Piedade

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This magnificent landscape is located in the western side of Lagos. Boat trips are available to whisk you across the crystal clear seas, and take you through the incredible tunnels. The rock formations along the sea are known as the Camel, the Kissing Couple, and the Sphinx.

2) The Belém Tower

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The name Belém is actually taken from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem. The Tower of St. Vincent, more commonly referred to as the Belém Tower, is the major architectural landscape that stands out in this gorgeous Lisbon town. 

3) The Coastal City of Madeira

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Madeira is an archipelago (island chain), north of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The view of the sea during the summer season is absolutely breathtaking. The surrounding mountains add to the beauty that encompasses this amazing archipelago.  

4) Historic Center of Porto

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The harbor is located off the Douro River, with a rich history dating back over 2,000 years. Porto is part of Portugal's booming wine industry. The landscape surroundings help create a perfect postcard to send back home. If you're ever in the mood to taste some of Portugal's finest wine, be sure to stop by!  

5) National Palace of Pena (Palacio Nacional da Pena)

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This exquisite palace is situated on the Cintra hills of Estremadura. The history of the palace can be traced all the way back to King Ferdinand II of Spain, who had envisioned the great architectural designs. The gardens inside the palace are truly stunning! 

6) Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

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This gorgeous park is located in the north-east section of Trás-os-Montes. The scenic mountain trails make for perfect hiking destination spots. The park is a place for scientific research, and noted specifically for its natural resources. The park is ideal for site seeing and exploring nature. 

7) Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa)

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The Oceanarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, and has been hailed as one of the most attractive places to visit in Portugal. There are over 450 various marine species swimming around inside the enormous aquarium. It's located at the Parque das Nações in Lisbon. Bring the kids, they will love it! 

8) The Romain Ruins of Conimbriga

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The history Conimbriga dates back to the the 9th Century. The museum offers a glimpse at the last remains of the Roman ruins. The complex is massive, so make sure you take the time to explore the ancient Roman settlements.   

9) Costa Vicentina National Park

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The cliff-side views off the Costa Vicentina are simply magnificent. The park extends along the coastlines of the Algarve and the Alentejo, for approximately 150 kilometers, or 93 miles. The musical sounds of the waves crashing and scenic views are ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway. 

10) Monastery of Alcobaça

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The Medieval Roman Catholic Monastery was founded by Portugal's first king, King Afonso, in 1153. The Gothic architecture of the Monastery is reflected in the churches on the exterior surroundings. The intricate detailing of the sculptures located on the inside make this Medieval Monastery a sight to behold. 

11) Boca do Inferno

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'Boca do Inferno' translates to Hell's Mouth, which comes from cliff's bizarre formation. The famous caves can be found in the gorgeous coastline city of Cascais, in Lisbon. Make sure you have your camera with you, you're going to need it!    

12) Douro River Valley

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If you're looking to explore Portugal's finest vineyards, you've certainly come to the right place! The wide scenic valleys along the Douro River take you through a magical journey showing you how the country's most cherished wines are made and produced. 

13) Azores in Mount Pico

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The Azores is a group of volcanic islands, known as the Autonomous Region. The Azores can be seen atop Mount Pico, which also happens to be the country's highest point. The altitude of the mountains measures 7,713 feet or 2,351 meters. The lush green valleys below the islands help give it a picturesque look.

14) The Seaside Town of Baixa 

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If you venture into the center of Lisbon, you will come across the gorgeous town of Baixa, slightly north of Praça do Comércio. The Pombaline Baixa town is renowned for having some of the earlier examples of earthquake-resistant construction. The sites to look out for are Saint George's Castle and the National Theater, which can be found in downtown Baixa. 

15) Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

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The Serra da Estrela is the country's largest mountain range. The colorful rocky landscape is the source for the rivers Zêzere, Alva and Mondego. The best time to go hiking is between May to October. Take the circular route from Manteigas to the Poço do Inferno waterfall for a more enjoyable and easier walk. 

(H/T: opentravel.com)


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