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Top 5 Places to Visit in Portugal

Both inspiring and surprising, Portugal is a land of many faces.  Don’t be fooled by Portugal’s relatively small size.  From sandy beaches to steep mountains, deep valleys to cove splattered coastlines, and medieval towns to a bustling metropolis, Portugal has something for everyone.  Whether you are moving to Portugal, or just visiting, it is a beautiful place to spend some time.  Here are five of my favorite places to visit.

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital, largest city, and obvious choice for any foreign traveler.  Be sure to check out Ericeira beach, El Museu Gulbenkian – one of Europe’s greatest art showcases, and the famous Oceanario de Lisboa – the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, containing 16,000 animals and 450 different species.

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A short 5km drive north of Braga lies Portugal’s most photographed church.  Built on the side of a hill, the defining feature of this church is a grand baroque stairway that climbs 381 feet and features eight landings, each with their own fountain and theme.

Feira Da Barcelos

An open air market located in barcelos, the Feira features hundreds of different vendors selling an assortment of fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, fresh bread, clothes, kitchen and farm equipment, and signature Portuguese pottery.

Monsaraz

A town stuck in time, Monsaraz features many medieval houses converted into guesthouses and bed and breakfasts’.  The town has a medieval castle and keep that dates back to the 14th century.

Convento de Cristo

The former headquarters of the Knight’s Templar was built in the 12th century to defend the border against the invasion from the Moors.  It is based on a plan of 16 bays including an octagon choir with ambulatory, with cloisters added at different times throughout history.

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