Friday, January 18, 2013

Cities To Visit In Portugal

Tourist Cities to visit in Portugal

Lisbon is located on the West of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean, where the river Tejo spills into the ocean.The heart of the city is "Baixa" or "Lower Town", where you will find the castle of São Jorge and Santa Maria Maior Cathedral. The oldest district of the city is Alfama, close to the river Tejo. Other important monuments: the Belém Tower, military construction for monitoring entry into the city's port, the Jerónimos Monastery, built to the desire of King Manuel I, Castelo São Gamar (the castle of St. George), the highest hill of the city, the Convento do Carmo.

Porto is second in size and importance in Portugal. The inhabitants of Porto called themselves tripeiros, name that’s in use today too. One of Portugal's popular products worldwide is Porto wine. Its name comes from the fact that it was closed in the cellars of the sister-city of Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, across the River. Italian architect Nasoni designed a tower which was built in the central areas of the city, becoming its icon: the Torre dos Clérigos.

Sintra has become a major tourist attraction, with many tourists a day, coming from the surroundings of Lisbon. Sights include the fabulous Pena Palace (19th century), and the Castelo dos Mouros, with splendid views over the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal-Palácio Nacional de Sintra. The Sintra Mountain Range, one of the largest parks in the Lisbon area, is also a significant tourist attraction.

Braga – with an interesting and attractive historical center, where you can visit: Casa dos Crivos (18th century), the Church of Santa Cruz (16th-18th centuries), the Cathedral (12th-18th centuries), City Hall (18th century), the Archiepiscopal Palace (14th-18th centuries), the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, Staircase (18th century), the Tibaes Monastery, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo.

Fatima-one of the most popular places of pilgrimage for Christians.

Coimbra-the birthplace of 6 Kings of Portugal, you can visit: University, Library of University of Coimbra. In the medieval area of the city it’s worth visiting the Church of Santa Cruz (the famous sculptures of Nicolau de Chanterrena) and the monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova.

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