13 Set Beautiful Portugal
by Armando Moreschi from Italy
This is the photo story of my travel to Portugal.
I traveled with a group of friends on a small bus.
One of the great things we saw was the Middle Age Bridge at Ponte de Lima. This is a beautiful old medieval city crossing the river Lima. The bridge is a stunning piece of architecture which must be seen, offering fabulous views of the old town, the river and the mountainous backdrop.
Portugal, Ponte de Lima middle age bridge by Armando Moreschi
In this photo you can see the “Chapel of Senhora da Torre”, constructed by the Jesuits, part of the Braga castle a historic fortification and defensive line encircling the city of Braga.
The old castle is now demolished and only the tower remains
Portugal, Braga Castle by Armando Moreschi
The Dom Luís the First bridge is an iron arch bridge, which crosses the Douro River in the Portuguese city of Porto.
Dedicated to Luigi di Braganza, king of Portugal, was built by Belgian engineer Théophile Seyrig, who a few years earlier had realized the nearby bridge Maria Pia with Gustave Eiffel.
The bridge was built for road traffic, running on two levels. Since 2003, the upper level has only been traversed by city trams and pedestrians.
Portugal, Ponte Dom Luis in Porto by Armando Moreschi
When it comes to green spaces in Porto, the Crystal Palace Gardens are the top-of-the-range choice for tourists who want to search out in depth the green heart of the city. The name of this park comes from a former structure made of glass and iron, the Crystal Palace, which was brought down in 1956.
Portugal, Garden of the Crystal Palace in Porto by Armando Moreschi
The tram system of Porto is operated by STCP and currently has three regular tram routes with 30 minute headways. All are heritage tram routes, as they use vintage tramcars exclusively, and are very pictoresque.
You can do a daily ticket and do op on op off also on city buses.
Like Porto? Read “Eat, Pray and Love in Oporto“, “One of Europe’s best cities, and amazing friend in Porto” and “One day in Porto“
Portugal, Tram 28 in Porto by Armando Moreschi
Praia da Costa Nova is a popular seaside resort on the Atlantic Ocean, located on Ria de Aveiro, in the Aveiro District.
The place is famous for the famous palheiros, houses painted in vertical and horizontal lines, white and blue, white and red, white and green, etc.
It is one of Portugal’s favorite beaches by the lovers of nautical sports and windsurfing.
Portugal, Praia da-Costa Nova by Armando Moreschi
“Coimbra singers” performing with the traditional Guitarra de Coimbra.
They often play on the street and it’s a pleasure to listen.
Coimbra Fado is a genre of fado originating in the city of Coimbra. While adopted by students at the University of Coimbra, and sometimes known as Student Fado, it is usually considered the typical music of Coimbra itself. Developed from the Iberian lyric style of trovadorismo popular during the Middle Ages, the genre shares additional roots with Occitan troubadors.
Portugal, singers of fado in Coimbra by Armando Moreschi
The Convent of Christ is a former Roman Catholic convent in Tomar. Originally a 12th-century Templar stronghold, when the order was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which later supported Portugal’s maritime discoveries of the 15th century. The convent and castle complex is a historic and cultural monument and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
Portugal, Convent of the Order of Christ in Tomar by Armando Moreschi
The town walls of Obidos completely encircle the town and it is possible to walk the entire perimeter. From the walls there are beautiful views over the terracotta tiled roofs and white painted houses of the town. The entire walk takes about an hour, but it is only for the safe as there are multiple trip hazards and almost no safety railings.
I can say I have covered great part but the risk of falling was great.
Portugal, Obidos by Armando Moreschi
Peniche, a massive rock in Cabo Carvoeiro.
This location is located about three kilometers from the town of Peniche, where the lighthouse, an approximate height of 25 m. And above all, my attention is the rock formations of great naturalistic and landscape value. At Cape Carvoeiro we can see a shaky sea from the waters of the “Atlantic and where it shows its strength and its defensive wall, while in the background you can see the Berlengas Islands, an integrated land and marine nature reserve.
Portugal, Peniche, north coast by Armando Moreschi
The Castle of the Moors is a hilltop medieval castle located in the central Portuguese civil parish of Santa Maria and São Miguel, in the municipality of Sintra, about 25km northwest of Lisbon. Built by the Moors in the 8th and 9th centuries, it was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and was taken by Christian forces after the fall of Lisbon in 1147. It is classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The restored castle has retained the charm of an old ruin, surrounded by dense forests and crumbling ramparts that offer spectacular views of the Sintra region.
Portugal, Sintra Castle by Armando Moreschi
The Palácio Nacional da Pena is a palace / castle located on the hills of the city of Sintra, a town center near Lisbon, built after 1840 by Maria II of Braganza as a wedding gift for her husband, King Ferdinand II of Portugal, on the ruins of a gerolamite convent of the ‘400 and designed by the German architect and baron Ludwig von Eschwege.
In my opinion its buildings are really too much colored and the interior is really Kitsch.
If you find interesting Sintra read “Discovey Portugal, Sintra“
Portugal, Pena National Palace in Sintra by Armando Moreschi
Belém Tower is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the significant role it has played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John the second to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
Read also “To spend a weekend in Lisbon, Portugal“
Portugal, Belém Tower in Lisbon by Armando Moreschi
The International Festival of Sand Sculptures in Pêra, Algarve.
Visiting this place is a magic experience.
In a very large area you can admire really impressive sand sculptures. There are works by international artists and the scenery is really amazing. Worth a visit, possibly in the evening, as the lighting makes the works even more impressive. 15,000 tons of sand have been used to create these masterpieces and this gives the idea of the size of the site.
Like Algarve? Read also “Algarve, a journey to the end of the world, and then some“
Portugal, sand sculpture festival in Pera by Armando Moreschi
The Cromlech of the Almendres is a megalithic complex, located near the village of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, in the civil parish of Nossa Senhora da Tourega, municipality of Évora, in Alentejo. The largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula (and one of the largest in Europe), this archaeological site consists of several megalithic structures: cromlechs and menhir stones, belonging to the so-called “megalithic universe of Évora”.