Portugal Premium tours has selected 10 places that you cannot miss when visiting Portugal. We traveled from North to South and visited places of incredible natural beauty that makes them unique in the World and we want to share them with you.
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1. The Convent of Christ
After the extinction of the Knights Templar in 1312, King Dinis creates a new religious militia the Military Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ, claiming the need to defend Portugal from Islam. In 1357, the headquarters of the Order of Christ is set up in the former Knights Templar headquarters where it will remain for centuries. Regarded as one of the greatest monastic complexes in Europe, it was classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1983.
The tour of the Knights Templar of Portugal Premium Tours includes a guided visit inside the Convent of Christ, in Tomar where you can see the Charola, the Knights round temple; the western window designed in Portuguese late gothic style and the main cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.
2. The Pena Palace
A summer palace constructed in the 19th century by King consort Ferdinand II of Portugal. He turned a 16th century monastery ruins into one of the most eclectic palaces in Europe by blending different types of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements to it. Around the palace he created a park where he planted different exotic trees and plants from all over the world. An astonishing fairytale palace located on one of the highest peaks of the Sintra mountain range.
Portugal Premium Tours has the Wonders of Sintra tour, a full-day tour that will give you the opportunity to visit Pena Palace, the historical centre of Sintra and taste its famous pastries: Queijadas of Sintra and Travesseiros. During the afternoon our tour guide will drive through the Natural Park of Sintra to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost site of Continental Europe, passing by many other 19th century palaces, built by the Royal family.
On your drive back to Lisbon, we will take the coastal road passing by Guincho beach, Cascais and Estoril.
3. Azenhas do Mar
Azenhas do Mar is a small fishing village of 800 inhabitants; it seems to have come out of a movie. Its white houses were built on the hillside ending with a fantastic natural pool in the sand.
The Tour of the Wonders of Sintra of Portugal Premium Tours stops at the viewpoint of Azenhas for one to enjoy a unique view of the Atlantic Ocean and the village.
4. The Fort of São João Batista
The fort of São João Batista is located in the Berlenga’s islands off the coast of Peniche.
It was occupied in the beginning of 16th century by Hieronymite monks that offered assistance to the navigators and to victims of shipwrecks. Nevertheless, constant attacks of corsairs forced them to leave giving place to the construction of a military fortress, in order to reinforce the defense of the citadel of Peniche.
On the West shore and Berlengas Island tour of Portugal Premium Tours you will have the opportunity to visit the west coast of Portugal and this fantastic island, with a great geological interest and of a unique fauna and flora. The tour includes a trip to the island in a fast boat, a walking tour around the island and a boat trip to visit the caves.
5. The Douro Valley
Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal; the Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the World and was classified as World Heritage site by UNESCO.
It is famous for its fine quality wines with unique characteristics due to the soil and climate of the region, being the Port Wine the most popular one.
The full-day tour of the Douro Valley includes a visit to a local family-run winery and a Port wine tasting.
Almeida is the most beautiful fortified village in Portugal due to its location and its famous wall in hexagonal shape. For centuries it was considered one of the most important fortress in Portugal.
A small village with houses made of shale, a stone very common in the region which makes it unique in the country.
It is considered the most Portuguese village in the country. Its origins go back to the Paleolithic; it was conquered from the Moors by the first King of Portugal and later donated to the Knights Templar. The houses of the village are inlaid and built in granite and shale, typical stones of the region.
The Ultimate Portugal tour is a 12 day tour that will pass by all the most popular historical villages in Portugal.
9. Algar de Benagil
It is one of the most visited places in the Algarve and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country. The Algar de Benagil is a natural cavity formed by the erosion of wind and water and is located near the Benagil beach. Its access can only be made by boat or kayak.
Portugal Premium Tours has tours to the Algarve region that includes a tour of the caves.
The medieval village of Monsaraz was conquered by the Moors in the 12th century. It has played, over time, a very important role in the surveillance of the Guadiana River and the border with Spain. The beauty and state of preservation of the village of Monsaraz are impressive making it a museum village, unique in the region. From the top of the castle walls, built by King Dinis in the 14th century and classified as a National Monument, we can see the whole village with houses painted white and slate roofs with the Alqueva dam as background.
The full-day tour of the Alentejo and its beauties include a stop at Monsaraz to enjoy this amazing Portuguese village.
What if we tell you that you can see all these places when you come to Portugal?
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