The city of Fátima, located in central Portugal, surrounded by the landscapes of the Serras de Aire and Candeeiros, is known as an important religious center for the Catholic world, attracting around 7 million visitors each year. Pilgrims and curious people make this one of the greatest centers of pilgrimage and prayer for people coming from all over the globe.
Old documents dating from 1153 refer to the village as Aljumarrota (Aliuma Rupta), which reminds us of the Arab al hamma, ‘source of lukewarm water’. In fact, there were scalding moments in the town that hosted one of the most decisive events of the History of Portugal and that saw the battle gain the name of the place where it took place: Battle of Aljubarrota.
Located about half an hour from Lisbon on Setúbal Península between the Sado River and the Atlantic Ocean, Serra da Arrábida is part of the Arrábida Natural Park, one of the most important nature reserves in the country, covering a surface of approximately 17,000 ha. In the surrounding landscape of Arrábida it is difficult to determine the dividing line between human intervention and the work of the divine nature.
Known as the “Capital of Marranism in Trás-os-Montes”, the small village in the municipality of Vimioso, district of Bragança, is an important symbol of the culture and sui generis religious practices of the Jews expelled from Spain who took refuge in the Portuguese raian villages no century XV: the Marranos, the “clandestine Jews” of Portugal.
A stage of numerous conflicts between Christianity and Islam, the main entrance is through the Porta d’el Rei of the wall that surrounds the medieval castle, reconquered in 1160 by the 1st king of Portugal. The Jewish presence can be observed in dozens of cruciformes and Hebrew inscriptions, in the architecture, in the famous House of the Black Cat and in the works of the future Center of Jewish Interpretation “Isaac Cardoso”.
The highest city in Portugal with an average height of 1,056 meters, known as the city of 5 (five) F’s: Forte (Strong): by the symbolism of the tower of the castle and the walls, and of its geographical position; Farta (Full): for all the wealth of the Mondego River valley; Fria (Cold): by the proximity to Serra da Estrela – where it usually snows; Fiel (Faithful): because the Chief Warden of the Guardian Castle, during the crisis of 1383-85, refused to hand over the keys of the city to the King of Castile. Formosa (Beautiful): by the evident and so natural beauty guarded by the city.
Coimbra is one of the oldest cities in the country with Roman and Visigoth origins and Muslim influence. “Aeminium” – the Roman name of Coimbra – illustrates well the topography of the region where the city is located: the “meneiu” at the “top of the hill”. Former capital of the country, famous for the quantity and beauty of its convents, this riverside town in the center of Portugal full of myths and legends, houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra.
Located in Alto Alentejo, Marvão is a “majestic walled village built under a steep mountain at more than 850 meters altitude”, in the Natural Park of Serra de São Mamede, a protected area, located in the border region of northeast Alentejo occupying an area approximately 31,750 ha. The narrow valleys of Marvão offer light, well-drained soils that provided human life from this very backward epoch.
Located in the center region, in the valleys of the Alcoa and Baça rivers. The Monastery of Alcobaça, one of the winners of the national election in 2007 for “The 7 Wonders of Portugal” is the most expressive and beautiful monument of Cistercian architecture in all of Christian Europe and is the result of a promise of the 1st king of Portugal. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1989, it houses the tombs of the eternal passionate Pedro and Inês de Castro, in a Portuguese version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Castelo de Vide
Located in the Alto Alentejo region, the village of Castelo de Vide has plenty to show, houses where each wall tells a story, churches full of faith and sources of fresh water well known for their thermal properties.The village receives the constant praise of “Sintra do Alentejo” for its romantic features, green gardens and proximity to the São Mamede mountain range.
Known as the “Capital of Beira Baixa”, contains a rich heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages.We discover pieces of Portugal’s History in every place: the natural beauty and rural charm of the city transform it into a true open-air museum. In regional gastronomy, which has always been appreciated for its richness and diversity, the cheeses are highlighted first, but the quality of the sausages, ham and honey and, more recently, some wines produced in the region do not leave anyone indifferent.
Designated by Paris Match as the “Riviera de Portugal”, Cascais is situated in a beautiful bay about 30 km from Lisbon and is one of the main tourist destinations in Portugal that has long functioned as a beach and a retreat for the royal family, perhaps for this is considered a jet set spot. Magical, full of palaces and a mystical aura throughout the historic center, it is famous for its luminosity, natural beauty, welcoming population and relaxed atmosphere. In the gastronomy, the highlights are fresh fish and seafood specialties and a wide range of traditional Portuguese and international food.
Located in the province of Beira Baixa in the center of Porugal, Belmonte was designated by the oldest of “Belo Monte” or “Monte Belo”, thanks to its wonderful landscapes for the slope of Serra da Estrela, the largest mountainous region of the country and zone of landscape integrated in the Natural Park of the Serra da Estrela – largest national protected area.
We navigate through the history of Portugal and we find Sintra, a magical place where natural beauty descends from the hills to the sea, man constructions and works of nature that, possibly, not even imagined existed. Surrounded by a mystical haze known as “Mount of the Moon,” the World Heritage Site of UNESCO has for many years the legacy of the country on the seafront, from Arab domination and Christian conquest to the establishment of the Republic.
It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, symbolically built on a mythical geography of seven hills, such as Rome. It is the capital and the most populous city of the country, with an unforgettable natural beauty of fascinating landscapes. Located on the south Atlantic coast of Europe, it is bathed by the largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, the Tagus, from where the ships and caravels of the great Portuguese Discoveries epic began and presents a unique light captured by numerous painters, poets and photographers.
Batalha was the scene of great historical moments, from the Roman presence to the decisive struggles for independence, leaving a very noble cultural heritage. The small town that erected a statue in honor of Noble General D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, considered the greatest strategist, commander and Portuguese military genius of all times, whose victory for the independence of Portugal in the Battle of Aljubarrota, led to King D John I fulfilled the promise of erecting a monastery as a thank you to the Virgin Mary, also known as the Monastery of Saint Mary of Victory.
About 40 km from the capital and 10 km from the coast, it is famous for hosting the magnificent and imposing National Palace of Mafra, also known as Mafra Convent. Considered one of the greatest monuments in the whole world, it is the most important baroque monument of Portugal, built in 1717 by King D. João V. Classified as a National Monument in 1910, the Palace, the adjacent forest called the National Tapada of Mafra and the Garden of the Siege (Garden of the King inspired by Versailles) are inscribed in the list of candidates for World Heritage of UNESCO.
Located in central Portugal and crossed by the river Nabão, the city of Tomar is enchanting due to its artistic and cultural richness, being the highest exponent in the Convent of Christ, one of the most important works of the Renaissance in Portugal.Also known as “City of the Templars” after the conquest of these lands to the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques, a curiosity of Tomar relates to the historical center organized in cross, with a convent in each of the cardinal points: north the Convent of the Announced, to the south the Convent of S. Francisco, to this the Convent of Santa Iria and, to the west and the aforementioned Convent of Christ, inscribed in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO.
Évora is a city-museum whose roots date back to Roman times. The golden age dates from the sixteenth century when it was the residence of Portuguese kings. Évora emerges as the city of the region with the best conditions for its size, centrality and visibility in the national context. Visiting Évora is an inspiration, city of white houses, tiles and balconies, and the main urban pole of the region. Évora was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1986 and has landscapes of infinite horizon.
Located on the slopes of the Douro River, Porto is the most important city in the north of Portugal and one of the oldest tourist destinations in Europe. Known as Cidade Invicta or an invincible city, thanks to the remarkable events that link it to the history of Portugal. In 2017, the city was voted “Best Destination in Europe” by European Best Destinations and the Historic Center of Porto has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1996.