We start our day in Lisbon is an illuminated city. The Tagus and the sun almost always present, make the capital of Portugal a color mirror in which the beauty and the architectural contrasts not go unnoticed. We will prove the rich cuisine to the taste of Portuguese wine and the sound of fado Lusitano … probably the most fascinating, exciting and satisfying of all cities in Europe.
Lisbon blue sky all year and a mild winter, this our trip to Lisbon will offer unique opportunities to get back in the history of exploration with particular emphasis on the famous neighborhoods of Graça, Castelo, Mouraria, Alfama, Baixa, Bairro Alto and Belém.
By early afternoon through the majestic Vasco da Gama bridge over 17 kms extension came to a typical Portuguese village of Alcochete name is there that we find the largest shopping outlet of the European continent, Inaugurated on September 9, 2004 with more than 75000 square meters, you can find cinemas, an exhibition center, nineteen restaurants and about 140 shops of the most luxurious international brands.
We leave the city of Lisbon in search of magic and splendor of Sintra a romantic city where majestic palaces, castle and royal properties emerge in the middle of fascinating mountains and forests that hide the magic and tell stories of real Princesses and Queens or reis.
The town of Sintra once much appreciated by the Portuguese and European bourgeoisie, has a rich collection of palaces with special emphasis on national Pena Palace where we can see a mixture of unparalleled architectural styles considered by many the most beautiful palace of Europe perhaps the world. This fabulous ride even contemplates a visit to Seteais famous for its beautiful gardens that have exotic species unique in Portugal highlighted even to the Moorish Castle and the Quinta da Regaleira.
Obligatory stop at the famous pastry shop “Piriquita” where are manufactured delicious Pillow of Sintra and the famous Queijadinhas of Sintra where the first references date back to the thirteenth century reign of King Sancho II once payment forums. We leave the historic center of Sintra to move toward the Azenhas do Mar village coastal developing along a river and the water line that runs to the Atlantic and breaking the coastal cliffs has at the base a beach where there is a pool ocean where we highlight the whitewashed houses of the fishermen, followed later to the local Cabo da Roca of unparalleled beauty, Luís Vaz de Camões made reference to this site in the “Lusíadas” described this place as “where the land ends and the sea begins” for marks the westernmost point of the European continent, of unparalleled beauty where in addition to the huge ravines we will find a huge headlamp control of the Portuguese police.
Already towards Cascais we will be able to admire the wild dunes and untamed sea of Guincho Beach, part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park highlight yet to Quinta da Marinha residence of the Portuguese elite.
Considered by many the Portuguese Riviera, the tour of Cascais and Estoril is full of glamor and charisma, highlight the splendid white sand beach, especially the famous beach of fishermen where we can see a beautiful sunset from the other side of the Tagus River while fishermen sewing their nets on the look of the colorful boats which state the new and luxurious Marina of Cascais filled with luxury yachts. Before arriving in Lisbon obligatory stop at Estoril in order to see the rich gardens of the oldest and largest casino in Europe.
In the morning we leave Lisbon towards Évora located in the Alentejo region one of the main attractions of Évora is the Chapel of Bones, where hundreds of human bones on the walls and ceiling will certainly be recorded in your memory plenty of city monuments led to his classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, especially the famous Cathedral of Évora, and Giraldo Roman Temple square.
It follows a visit the Esporão where almost endless expanses of green fields that manage to withstand the scorching heat of Alentejo summer all thanks to modern irrigation system that will automatically debiting the drops needed in each foot was for production to be optimized, surrounded by several hectares of planted area this is the first impact you have as soon as you enter the Esporão.
Last but not least visit Reguengos de Monsaraz which is the “balcony” Great Lake Alqueva that lets you enjoy beautiful boat trips through hundreds of islands and hidden corners that knows very well captivate our gaze constituting one of nice postcards tour of Portugal. Its engaging leaves back our imagination for centuries and the presence of over 150 megalithic monuments gives us pleasure we travel stories with more than five thousand years.
São Pedro do Coval beyond a historical heritage and rich and magnificent and unspoiled landscapes council holds a strong identity marked by traditional practices and customs in the craft where it is required to make special reference to the largest pottery center in Portugal still in gastronomy and the wines of the region, we continue towards the hotel.
We started our day in Algarvian lands, south of Portugal the light, the warmth, the vibrant colors it is a source of energy for during the whole year, the beaches, nature reserves, typical villages, golf courses, castles and the strongholds are presented in all its splendor, perhaps that’s why the Algarve is always take good memories and many memories.
We started with the Vilamoura Marina one of the main attraction centers in the Algarve with about 825 berths this is the largest and most important marina in Portugal and occupies a place of reference in the panorama of nautical national and international playground for there we can see the most luxurious yachts in Portugal.
The city known for its fantastic beaches with cliffs full of color that look like straight out of a postcard where the warm waters invite to a bath, especially Meia Praia holds several awards as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Lunch is in charge of the freshest fish we can eat in Portugal because some places this jumps to the still alive gelha or smell of salt air.
The return to Lisbon is marked by several Kms full of crags and cliffs with magnificent views of breathtaking we had we dazzle by one end of the European continent, where only the long Atlantic Ocean prevents us from seeing “Terras de Vera Cruz. ”
In the morning we leave the sunny city of Lisbon to explore the charming medieval town of Obidos surrounded by stately century XIV walls that make up a well-preserved castle, we will walk through its walls and landscapes of small alleys and churches, at the end of time to savor the Ginjinha of Obidos.
We continue to Nazareth to walk in the narrow streets, chat and photograph the “woman of the seven skirts,” eat fresh fish and up to the sights of Flint and the site and then down to the beach at Centennial lift. Gone are the days when there was no beach because of the sea insistence on moving earth inside.
By the sixteenth century, the Nazarenes lived in the Pedreira and Sítio locations that together with the Beach constitute Nazaré, followed then to the Batalha city that houses the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria raw work of Gothic architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Last visit of the day will be in Fatima and its Sanctuary which is one of the largest centers of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic world, the famous sanctuary of Fátima attracts about 6 million pilgrims each year visit the Basilica of Our Lady, the chapel of the Apparitions and the home of the three little shepherds the Cova da Iria, after day so rich then followed to Porto for to lodge in the hotel.
The city of Porto is the 2nd largest Portuguese city considered European destination of 2014 the port better known for Invicta city is full of life and activities.
The Port bathed by the banks of the Douro River the city is full of historical monuments worth a visit especially Clérigos Tower, Palácio da Bolsa, Porto Cathedral or the Library Lelo.
The old downtown is very well preserved because in recent years has undergone several improvements that impress all those passing by, the narrow alleyways hide small taverns where stands the typical North gastronomy with clear emphasis on the Francesinha most famous dish in that region.
Those who visit Porto jumps to view the famous wine caves of Porto on the other side of the bank of the Douro where we found the best “balcony” for the entire downtown Porto and Ribeira neighborhood on our tour contemplating’s a visit to a basement and proof Port wine and even the famous boat ride on the Douro river where will tour the famous six bridges connecting port to the city of Gaia. The Dom Luis I Bridge jumps in sight for its unique architecture, completed its construction in 1888 with 2 trays where vehicles, people and train almost share the same track.
We leave the city of Porto toward the Douro Valley unique place, where the combination of climate, river, grapes and man’s effort gave rise to the first demarcated region World wines for the production of Port wine.
Picturesque location, verdant landscapes and lush nature, Douro invites all visitors to a temporary abstraction of reality, we began our tour of Amarante which is rich in historical and cultural heritage, crossed by the river Tâmega and surrounded by this beautiful city saws proudly displays their homes seventeenth century whose wooden balconies colorful decorating the narrow streets, the town of Amarante is characterized by its relationship with the mountains and the river, this seduces us with its banks surrounded by trees.
Peso da Regua and its origins remain unknown, but the legend says that a rural Roman house called “Villa Reguela” existed here however, increased from 1756 due to the creation of the General Company of Alto Douro Vineyard Agriculture. Marques de Pombal who was the founder of the wine region, created this institution.
the Company’s warehouses were thus built in Peso da Regua, and the first “wine fairs.”
In 1998 it was classified as International Vineyards and Wine city, its natural landscapes are absolutely unique, since the wine region Alto Douro has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage,
The Pinhao is another base in the Douro valley where Port wine dominates the culture, the city is on the basis of covered hills of vineyards and spectacularly formed at the confluence of the rivers Duero, highlight even for the fabulous train station with its panels typical Portuguese tiles painted with the Douro valley images.
We leave the city of Porto in the morning towards Braga former city of Romans and later “city of archbishops,” Braga is one of the main religious centers of Portugal, where strongly dominates the Baroque.
We will find out their main places of worship, its historic center, its green landscapes and delighted with the typical flavors of this famous region.
We went then to the city of Guimarães considered the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães offers us a magnificent historic center classified World Heritage by UNESCO (2001), we will know the corners of the European capital city of the 2012 Culture, where you can appreciate the evolution a town of medieval origin, which retains its authenticity today.
We leave the city of Porto in the morning towards Santiago, due to the beauty and value of its monuments the city of Compostela in addition to being a reference in the field of pilgrimage by the famous Camino de Santiago, well deserves the title of World Heritage Site. In 1993, eight years after the Camino de Santiago was also recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.
It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the Christian world, why and exactly related to this issue, one of the references of the Galician capital is its Cathedral built in honor of the Apostle Santiago El Mayor. Visit the Cathedral, strolling through the Plaza del Obradoiro is a mandatory task for every one that comes to Santiago de Compostela. Another of the monuments that make the city of Santiago an important city is its university with 500 years of history, which gives the city the university environment that is breathed in the streets, and in bars, by their traditions.
Before returning to Porto time for a visit to Valenca do Minho which has very ancient origins. Its occupation dates back to very indented times, the petroglyphs that can be observed in certain places certain parishes are irrefutable proof of a distant time occupation. The inquiries of D. Afonso III also allude to the dolménico type buildings in Valencia County from the most varied origins – Indo-European, Mediterranean and African – were resorting to this region many people attracted by the abundance of hunting and fishing, the soil fertility.
In the morning we leave the sunny city of Porto towards Viana do Castelo, Atlantic City, at the mouth of the river Lima, between the mountain and the sea, give the city landscaped skills of excellence that delight the senses and provide a climate of decompression.
The originality and its craftsmanship functionality, with special emphasis on the dishes, embroidery and filigree are other attributes that make Viana do Castelo an extremely attractive city for all aspects of Tourism.
It follows Ponte de Lima will not be by chance that the oldest town of Portugal is recognized as a world heritage, a land without borders mediator of a movement that understands our planet as a sacred place. Ponte de Lima is village because he wanted to be village and refused to be city.
Finally we follow to the Barcelos village known for its handcrafted ceramics, especially the Galo de Barcelos, a colorful rooster as a national symbol it were which was born a legend that today still enchants all who pass through.
The fortified medieval town extends on a hill above the Cavado River and its charming streets are lined with baroque houses. The colorful rooster ceramic have been sold throughout the country as a symbol of good luck.
We started our day with farewell to Porto toward Aveiro affectionately known as the Portuguese Venice is crisscrossed by streets where water slide colorful moliceiros boats, which gives it a particular character. Who hears in the city of Aveiro, associates it immediately to your ex-libris gastronomic – the eggs-Moles heritage Aveiro monastic tradition.The following is Coimbra of narrow streets, patios, stairways and medieval arches, Coimbra overlooking the river Mondego was the cradle of birth of six kings of Portugal and the First Dynasty, as well as the first University in the country and one of the oldest in the world and that the first record as a university place in 1290. Coimbra is a land of students but more than that, is a land of traditions where they intersect the past and the future.
Day 1 – Lisbon – Belem – Freeport Shopping Outlet
Day 2 – Sintra – Cascais – Estoril – Cabo Roca – Azenhas – Lisbon
Day 3 – Evora – Herdade do Esporão – Reguengos de Monsaraz
Day 4 – Faro – Tavira – Vilamoura – Portimão – Lagos – C. Vicentina
Day 5 – Obidos – Nazaré – Battle – Fatima
Day 6 – Port – Port Wine Cellars
Day 7 – Douro – Amarante – Mesão Frio – Peso da Regua – Pinhão
Day 8 – Braga – Bom Jesus – Guimarães
Day 9 – Porto – Santiago Compostela – Valenca do Minho – Porto
Day 10 -Porto – Barcelos – Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima – Porto
Day 11 -Porto -Costa Nova – Aveiro – Mealhada – Coimbra – Lisbon
Day 1 – Hotel – Lisbon – Marques de Pombal Gardens – Baixa – Lisbon Cathedral – St. Anthony’s Church – Castle of Sao Jorge – Portas do Sol – Bairro da Graça – National Pantheon – Park of Nations – Terreiro do Paco – Chiado , Bairro Alto – São Bento – Estrela Basilica – the Discoveries – Belem Tower – Jeronimos Monastery – Pasteis de Belém – Spain Square – and other important monuments of the city of Lisbon – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Freeport Outlet Shopping Center – Vasco da Gama Bridge- Lisbon – Hotel.
Day 2 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – tour to Sintra – regional candy factory Sintra – Moorish Castle – Pena Palace – Seteais Palace – Colares – Azenhas do Mar – Cabo da Roca – Guincho – Cascais – Estoril – Ride the Marginal in Oeiras towards Lisbon -Hotel Lisbon
Day 3 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Évora center – Square of do Giraldo – Évora Cathedral – Chapel of Bones – Temple of Diana – Herdade do Esporão – Wines and Olive Oils Herdade do Esporão – Reguengos de Monsaraz center – Reguengos de Monsaraz Castle – S. Pedro do Corval – pottery center of S. Pedro do Corval – Hotel (Alentejo and Algarve).
Day 4 – Algarve – Hotel – Algarve – Tavira Historical Center – Marina Tavira – Vilamoura – Vilamoura Marina – Historical Center – Portimão center – Portimão Historical Center – Lagos – Historical Center – Meia Praia – Vicentina Coast – Plains Alentejo – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon.
Day 5 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Óbidos – Obidos Castle – Sitio da Nazaré – Nazaré Beach – Lighthouse Nazaré – Battle Center – Monastery of Batalha – Fátima center – Church of Our Lady of Fatima – Apparitions Chapel – Holy Trinity Church – House of 3 Pastorinhos – Porto – Hotel.
Day 6 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Crystal Palace – Avenida dos Aliados – Hall Council – Bolhão Market – Santa Catarina Street – Cafe Majestic – S. Bento station – Cathedral – Serra do Pilar – Batalha – Palácio da Bolsa – Clérigos Tower – Bookstore Lelo – Carmo Church – Church of the Carmelites – Crystal Palace – Avenida da Boavista – Foz do Douro River – Cheese Castle – House of Music – Port Wine Cellars + Wine Tasting – Boat trip on the River Douro – Porto – Hotel.
Day 7 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Crystal Palace – Avenida dos Aliados – Hall Council – Bolhão Market – Rua de Santa Catarina – Majestic Café – São Bento Station – Cathedral – Serra do Pilar – Batalha – Palace Handbag – Clérigos Tower – Bookstore Lelo – Carmo Church – Church of the Carmelites – Crystal Palace – Avenida da Boavista – Foz do Douro River – Cheese Castle – House of Music – Port Wine Cellars + Wine Tasting – Tour boat on the Douro River -Porto – Hotel.
Day 8 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Departure to Braga Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, Braga Cathedral, Arco da Porta Nova – Sameiro Sanctuary – Historic center of Braga – Guimarães Castle. Chapel of St. Michael – Palace of the Dukes – Historic center of Guimarães – Porto – Hotel.
Day 9 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Departure Santiago de Compostela – Pilgrim’s Mass – Visit the Historical Center – Plaza Mayor – Visit to Valenca do Minho – Visit to Viana do Castelo – Arrival at Porto – Porto – Hotel.
Day 10 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Viana do Castelo – Alto do Monte de Santa Luzia – Bar Santiago de Fortaleza – Republic Square – Walk of mordomas – City Hall Old – House of Malheiras – Rua Gago Coutinho – See Viana – Arches House – Old Hospital – Lima Bridge – Old Bridge over the River Lima – Historical Center – Misericordia Church – Hall of Ponte de Lima Marquis – Barcelos – Municipal Library Barcelos – Palace of the Counts of Barcelos – Church – Street Antonio Barroso Church of Cruzes – Garden of Barrocas – Field of the Republic – Exhibition of pottery – Porto – Hotel.
Day 11 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Tour on the Peninsula of Costa Nova – Aveiro – Visit to the city center – visit Nova – Walk in Traditional Moliceiro – Mealhada – Lunch Leitão da Bairrada in Mealhada – Coimbra – Coimbra University – Palace of schools – hall of Capelos – Exams room – Weapons room – Baroque Library – University Tower – Old Cathedral – New Cathedral – Riverside area – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon.
1st Night – Lisbon
2nd Night – Lisbon
3rd Night – Alentejo and Algarve
4th Night – Porto
5th Night – Porto
6th Night – Porto
7th Night – Porto
8th Night – Porto
9th Night – Porto
10th Night – Porto
11th Night – Lisbon
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