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What to see along the way in portugal

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What to see along the way in portugal

We have a fly & drive package, staying at pousadas. We have made reservations at 6 different pousadas, one night at each. Our first day and last will be at The pousada in Queluz. The rest in order as follows:

Sagres

Evora

Marvao

Belmonte

Condeixa-a-nova

Are there any "do not miss" spots to see during our travels from place to place?

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1. Re: What to see along the way in portugal

Hi

I think you will enjoy.

Have fun

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2. Re: What to see along the way in portugal

If you're going to be in Condeixa-a-nova, make sure you see especially Coimbra and possibly Serra do Bucaco.

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3. Re: What to see along the way in portugal

Near Evora, go to Reguengos

Near Marvao, go to Castelo Vide

Near Belmonte, go to Monsanto, Sortelha and Serra Estrela

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I can provide some tips regarding three of the places: Marvão and Belmonte, Queluz:

Marvao: Magnificent place high up on a top of an hill. Point of interests nearby: Castelo de Vide, Portalegre and the Natural Park of São Mamede. Also up north there is a town called Niza famous because of it's cheeses. Nearby of Marvao is the largest menir (tall rock) of the Iberia peninsula: The Menir of Meada.

http://castelovide.no.sapo.pt/Menir/menir.htm

You will need drive indications to go there, because it is badly indicated...

Also in Marvao there is the old Synagogue with a little museum inside.

In Belmonte there is the castle and the Synagogue, and nearby a place called Cettum Cellas of Roman Empire origin:

ippar.pt/english/monumentos/sitio_centum.html

From Belmonte you can go to several nearby places, namely: Manteigas and the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela. From there go to the top of the mountain following the glacier valley of the river Zezere. At the top follow indications to Torre and you will be at the highest point of continental Portugal (The other is Ilha do Pico in Azores). From there you can go both ways, namely Covilha and back to Belmonte, or going around the Natural Park to Gouveia, where you can see the Bread museum (very unique). Try the Serra da Estrela cheeses. It is a must.

Queluz is a suburban area of Lisbon, and it has a very interesting Palace and gardens, and thats it. BUT nearby is Sintra (and Lisbon itself). Sintra is a must, where you can visit the village palace and the Pena Palace on the top of the hill. There is also a arabe origin castle where you have breathtaking views. But my favorite in Sintra is the Regaleira Palace, with all it's esoteric gardens. Take a flashlight or buy it on some cheap place before you enter.

http://www.pbase.com/diasdosreis/regaleira

Hope this information helps!

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While you are in Evora, make sure that you go to see the Chapel of Bones or Capela dos Ossos in the Igreja de São Francisco. It sounds grotesque but in reality it is quite beautiful and just a little creepy.

Second, in Evora don't miss the Temple of Diana, which is one of the most wonderful Roman buildings you will ever see.

I'd also recommend wandering around the aqueduct area of town, where the aqueduct itself has become absorbed into the structure of houses and buildings - absolutely charming...

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As a complement, when in Évora go to Reguengos de Monsaraz (35 km) for some of the biggest winneries in Portugal (CARMIM and Esporão) and to Monsaraz (15 km from the previous town) for a taste of what things would look like 500 years ago. These are two different places (Reguengos being the "new" 19th century village to where many habitants of the medieval Monsaraz moved to when it got too small), sometimes people (even portuguese) confuse them together. Also near Monsaraz you can see some of the oldest megalithical monuments in the world, particularly a big cromlech (stone circle) and three of the biggest menhirs (tall standing stone with engravings) in Europe. Nearby there is also the Alqueva Dam, the biggest artificial lake in Europe.

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