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Villa Romana da Abicada

Villa Romana da Abicada (12 km outside of Lagos) – in 1940, a Portuguese archaeologist found the remains of a Roman villa (estimated to have been built during the first century BC), near a road that links Portimão to Faro (next to the Ria de Alvor). Located not far from the Alvor River – the […]

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Av. Brasilía, Lisbon) — .a.k.a. the Discoveries Monument, this was built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King […]

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Vasco da Gama Tower

Vasco da Gama Tower (Parque das Nações, Lisbon) – named after the first explorer to have found a direct ocean route to India, this tower was originally built for the World Expo of’98 in Lisbon. At a height of 145 meters (476 feet), this is the tallest structure in Lisbon. At the top is a […]

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Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Rua Serpa Pinto 9, Lisbon) – this 18th century theater house holds various opera and ballet productions. It has a long history of hosting famous and popular performances, ranging from the works of Rossini to the works of Tchaikovsky. Teatro Nacional de São Carlos draws top companies from around the […]

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Roman Ruins of Milreu

Roman Ruins of Milreu (Rua de Faro, Estoi) – located just 10 kn north of Faro, the remains of a Roman villa at Milreu, dating from the 1st or 2nd century, was remodeled in the 4th century and occupied until the 6th or 7th century. It has been declared a National Monument by the Portuguese […]

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Queluz National Palace

Queluz National Palace (Largo Palácio, Queluz) – this palace goes back to the 18th Century, and acts as one of the last examples of Rococo architecture. This palace was originally built as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro, the famous Duke of Bragança. Admission: Adult (€8.50) Seniors & Children (under 18) (€6.50). Hours: daily between […]

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Museu de Marinha

Museu de Marinha (Praça do Império, Lisbon) – this museum, managed by the Portuguese Navy, chronicles that country’s extensive history as a maritime power. Located in the tourist-friendly Belém district, it is housed within the Jerónimos Monastery, and shows a range of historic objects – from archaeological items to paintings and scale models of Portuguese […]

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Museu Nacional des Coches

Museu Nacional des Coches (Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, Lisbon) – located within the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace in Lisbon, this museum houses one of the most extensive collections of horse-drawn coaches in the world. The Arena itself was originally built in 1787 and was previously used for training horses and for […]

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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon) – housed in a former palace of the Count of Alvor, this museum has collections of paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture, drawings and other decorative art from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. It is said to be a good place to learn Portuguese history […]

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Castle of Silves

Castle of Silves (Rua do Castelo, 8300-117 Silves/Algarve) – located 63 km. west of Faro, this castle is a 50 minute drive (via highway A22). This site originally had a Roma-era castle that was greatly expanded into its present form by the Moors between the 8th and 13th century (when Christian forces under the command […]