Estremadura and the Ribatejo

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  • 1. Castelo de Almourol

    Castle/Palace

    For a close look at this storybook castle on a craggy island in the Tagus River, take the 1½-km-long (1-mile-long) dirt road leading down to...Read More

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  • 2. Castelo de Óbidos

    Castle/Palace

    The outer walls of the fine medieval castle enclose the entire town, and it's great fun to walk their circumference, viewing the town and countryside...Read More

  • 3. Convento de Cristo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Atop a hill rising from the Old Town is this remarkable UNESCO World Hereitage Site. You can drive to the top of the hill or hike for about...Read More

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  • 4. Mosteiro da Batalha

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dedicated to "Saint Mary of Victory," this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built to commemorate a decisive Portuguese victory over the Spanish...Read More

  • 5. Mosteiro de Alcobaça

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Like the monastery at Mafra, the Mosteiro de Alcobaça was built as the result of a kingly vow, this time in gratitude for a battle won. In 1147...Read More

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  • 6. Praia de São Pedro do Moel

    Beach

    One of Portugal's most picturesque beaches is framed by steep cliffs and a fast-flowing stream. Strong tides can make the ocean here hazardous...Read More

  • 7. Adega Catapereiro

    Farm/Ranch

    The 44,500-acre farmstead of Companhia das Lezírias is filled with forests of cork oaks, stone pines, and eucalyptus trees. Rice is also grown...Read More

  • 8. Aqueduto dos Pegões

    Ruins

    Striding across the Ribeira dos Pegões valley, some 5 km (3 miles) northwest of Tomar, is a 5-km-long (3-mile-long) aqueduct, built in the 16th...Read More

  • 9. Basílica da Santíssima Trindade

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the largest Catholic churches in the world, seating some 8,500 worshipers, the Holy Trinity was consecrated in 2007 and raised to the...Read More

  • 10. Basílica de Nossa Senhora de Fátima

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the head of the huge esplanade is the large neoclassical basilica built in the late 1920s, flanked on either side by a semicircular peristyle...Read More

  • 11. Berlengas

    Island

    The harbor at Peniche is the jumping-off point for excursions to the Berlenga Archipelago: six islets that are a nesting place for many migratory...Read More

  • 12. Buddha Eden

    Garden

    Just about the last thing you'd expect to find in rural Estremadura—about 10 minutes south of Óbidos—this landscaped "Garden of Peace" was inspired...Read More

  • 13. Capela das Aparições

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This tiny chapel—now ringed by benches and covered by a much larger modern canopy—was built in 1920 on the site where the appearances of the...Read More

  • 14. Casa Cadaval

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    If you're a fan of wine, stop by the prestigious Casa Cadaval between Benavente and Almeirim. This winery, on the Herdade de Muge estate, has...Read More

  • 15. Casa dos Patudos

    Historic Home

    Alpiarça is a pleasant little town 7 km (4 miles) northeast of Almeirim on the N118. Here you'll have the chance to see how a wealthy country...Read More

  • 16. Casas dos Pastorinhos

    Historic Home

    These are the cottages, in the nearby hamlet of Aljustrel, where the three shepherd children who saw the Virgin Mary were born. To reach them...Read More

  • 17. Castelo de Abrantes

    Castle/Palace

    Walk up through the maze of narrow, flower-lined streets to this 16th-century castle, which is still an impressive structure today. The garden...Read More

  • 18. Castelo de Belver

    Castle/Palace

    This fairy-tale castle—the fortress of Belver—rests atop a cone-shape hill and commands a superb view of the Tagus River. It was built in the...Read More

  • 19. Castelo de Leiria

    Castle/Palace

    Built in 1135 by Prince Afonso Henriques (later Portugal's first king), Leiria Castle was to become an important link in the chain of defenses...Read More

  • 20. Castelo de Torres Vedras

    Castle/Palace

    Built in the 12th century, this hilltop medieval castle has been reinforced and reconstructed several times throughout the centuries, with the...Read More

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