17 Amazing pictures from Portugal

Cachoeiras em São Miguel, Açores

Usually, we say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in this case, I’ll apply the motto!

Portugal is an enchanted country, with a lot of history and breathtaking natural landscapes that make us dream.

Many of the tourists who visit the country end up not having the time to travel and to know other areas, and here I can show you some of the images that illustrate the most beautiful places in the country.

Follow me in these photos for a virtual trip from north to south of Portugal to know the beautiful landscapes and monuments that you will find in Portugal.

Torre de Belém, Lisboa

Torre de Belém, Lisboa
Torre de Belém, Lisboa

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) is located in Lisbon and is one of the icons of the city, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The tower was designed to integrate the defensive system of the river Tagus whose construction began in 1514, under the
reign of D. Manuel I.

The architect who designed the Tower of Belem was Francisco de Arruda, leaving the works in charge of Diogo Boitaca whose conclusion was in the year 1520.

The tower exterior is characterized by sculptures allusive to the discoveries, where you can see ropes, knots and also shield-shaped battlements with armillary spheres and watchtowers.

The Tower of Belém structure is composed of two main elements: the tower and the bulwark. In the corners of the terrace, you will find the cylindrical shaped watchtowers, decorated in stone.

Inside, the tower is divided into five areas: Governor’s Hall, Kings Hall, Audience Hall, Chapel, and Tower Terrace.

As for the bulwark, it is ventilated by a cloister in which there are 17 mouths for artillery shot.


Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel, Açores

Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel, Açores
Lagoa do Fogo, São Miguel, Açores

“Lagoa do Fogo” (Fire Pond) is a volcanic origin lagoon located in the crater of the “Vulcão do Fogo” (Volcano of Fire) whose mountain is located at 950 mt height and that was formed 15,000 years ago.

Today it is considered a nature reserve since 1974 and whose landscape is protected.

The quota of the lagoon is 575 mt and is the second largest lagoon of the Island of São Miguel in the Azores.

It is a stunning place of blue waters practically in the wild, with fauna and flora intact and is one of the main tourist attractions of this island.


Cais Palafítico, Carrasqueira

Cais Palafítico Carrasqueira
Cais Palafítico, Carrasqueira

The “Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira” (Carrasqueira Palafitic Pier) is a dock built on a tangle of stakes that serves as a base for mooring the local boats dedicated to small-scale fishing.

Its fragile structure has grown over time and its existence is due to the fact that the tides are very long making it difficult for fishermen in the region to dock their boats.

This pier is located in the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and is a masterpiece of popular architecture, built in the 1950s and 1960s.

It is a unique work in Europe and one of the most visited places of the region where it is inserted


Ria de Aveiro, Aveiro

Ria de Aveiro
Ria de Aveiro, Aveiro

The “Ria de Aveiro” is a tourist attraction of the region that has explored the activities in its surroundings to stimulate the local economic activity.

The whole ecosystem, besides tourism, is also the basis of support for local fishing activity and recreational and sports use.


Praia da Costa Nova, Ílhavo

Praia da Costa Nova, Ílhavo
Praia da Costa Nova, Ílhavo

The “Praia da Costa Nova” (Costa Nova Beach) is a fishing area characterized by the originality of the painting of the local dwellings.

The striped houses with bright colors appeared initially as haystacks for fishermen to keep their materials, but today they are holiday homes.


Templo Romano, Évora

Templo Romano, Évora
Templo Romano, Évora

Évora is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the most important historical cities in Portugal.

During the Roman dominion, several structures were built including the Temple of Diana or Temple of Évora.

Today, remains well preserved and is one of the most important monuments of the city.


Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte
Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga

The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte is located in the district of Braga, whose origin dates back to 1784.

Its construction was completed in 1811 and the work was designed by Carlos Amarante, by order of Archbishop D. Gaspar de Bragança, to replace an existing church.

The existing staircase is divided into three flights, Portico Staircase, Five Senses Ladder and Staircase of the Three Virtues.


Ponte Dom Luís, Porto

Ponte Dom Luís, Porto
Ponte Dom Luís, Porto

The Bridge of D. Luís I is a metallic structure with two planks, built between the years of 1881 and 1888 to connect the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.

Its construction came to replace the ” Ponte Pênsil ” (Suspension Bridge), which failed to provide the necessary conditions due to the increase in vehicle traffic, driven by growing economic activity between the two banks of the Douro River.


Parque Eduardo VII, Lisboa

Parque Eduardo VII, Lisboa
Parque Eduardo VII, Lisboa

The “Parque Eduardo VII” replaced the old Public Walk in 1882, which was destroyed after Avenida da Liberdade construction.

It’s the largest park in the city and at its top rises a huge Portuguese flag that represents the people pride of being Portuguese and of Lisbon in being the capital.


Palácio da Pena, Sintra

Palácio da Pena, Sintra
Palácio da Pena, Sintra

The Pena Palace is located in Sintra and is one of the biggest local attractions.

In 2007 it was considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal and its construction was completed in 1847.

In the place existed a chapel constructed in century XVI by order of Manuel I of Portugal to fulfill a promise.


Forte de São Batista, Berlengas

Forte de São Batista, Berlengas
Forte de São Batista, Berlengas

The Fort of São João Baptista is located on the island of Berlenga Grande and was built by D. João IV with stones from an abandoned monastery.

Nowadays It’s a shelter house but was used as a guest house after being partially restored.


Douro’s slopes, Porto

Encostas do Douro
Encostas do Douro

The Douro region is known for the vineyards carved on its slopes, considered a World Heritage Site since 2001.

Its demarcation in the form of stairs stems from the adaptation of the land to the plantation of the vineyards, where the grapes are born to give rise to several famous wines, as Port Wine.

The colors presented have to do with the tones ranging from green to golden brown, through orange and red.


Gruta de Benagil, Algarve

Gruta de Benagil
Gruta de Benagil

The Caves of Benagil or Algar de Benagil is one of the most photographed and visited places in the Algarve.
 
These caves were considered by The Guardian as being among the “10 natural wonders of the world“.

It is a cave that can be visited by boat and has a mini beach inside.


Castelo de Bragança

Castelo de Bragança
Castelo de Bragança

Bragança Castle is one of the best preserved Portuguese castles.

The medieval castle had as its role the city defense within its walls.

There are no precise dates on the beginning of its construction, but it’s believed that it was during the late Middle Ages


Casa de Santana, Madeira

Casas de Santana, Madeira
Casas de Santana, Madeira

The Houses of Madeira or the Typical Houses of Santana are triangular shaped dwellings covered by thatched at the top.

According to history, these primitive dwellings were built of wood and thatched due to the shortage of hard stones and the cold that was felt on the island in that epoch.

Capela dos Ossos, Évora

Capela do Ossos, Évora
Capela do Ossos, Évora

The “Bones Chapel” is one of the most well-known monuments in Évora and was built in the 17th century and its interior is lined with skulls and human bones.

The chapel was raised over an old convent and is estimated to contain 5,000 skulls and human bones from city cemeteries and churches.


Cachoeira nos Açores

Cachoeiras em São Miguel, Açores
Cachoeiras em São Miguel, Açores

The island of São Miguel in the Azores is well known for its vegetation and the warm waters that form the famous waterfalls and natural pools much sought after by tourists.

The formation of these pools is based on volcanic rocks that maintain the water temperature.

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