Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Best Sights of Portugal

Lest anyone miss the best of Portugal, Condé Nast Traveler Spanish published last week, an extensive article on Portuguese sights, with suggestions that tour the country. Since "the tranquil sights of Lisbon, to wild horizons of the coast," Portugal offers many opportunities to be seen from above, the author points out laying on top of the recommendations, the viewpoint St. Peter of Alcantara.

"Overlooking the Low and the slope that leads to the Castelo de São Jorge" is possible to reach this viewpoint through the Glory elevator that connects the square Restauradores to Bairro Alto, explains Álvaro Anglada, which highlights the small garden gazebo, divided into two floors, and "decorated with statues and a tile panel". The next stop is the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia, in Viana do Castelo. The article explains that this viewpoint, where the time devoted to the same saint, is inspired by the Sacré-Coeur in Paris. According to Condé Nast, this is the perfect place to watch the sunset, sunsets over the estuary of the river Lima and the "beautiful city of Viana do Castelo." For a final and perfect afternoon, the chronicler advises the reader to "drink a glass of wine in one of the hostels."

The Best Sights of Portugal

Lisbon, Sintra and Beira Interior
The third suggestion is on the Castelo de São Jorge, again in Lisbon. The author describes the history that brings together Visigoths, Arabs and Christian influences. "But are your walls and towers that make this famous castle with those seeking the best views," says Alvaro Anglada. "This fortified viewpoint can be seen Baixa, Bairro Alto and the Tagus River, in what is one of the best views of the city." The Moorish Castle in Sintra, is the fourth suggestion of Condé Nast. Your worn walls, with nearly 1,000 years history, that "wend Pena Park and views that look out over the empty", "revealing the mountains, the village, and clear days, the blue of the Atlantic," seduced author of the article.

Back in the capital, is the time to visit the viewpoint of Santa Luzia, overlooking the rooftops of Alfama and the Tagus river. Along the church of the Order of Malta, Álvaro Anglada also highlights the famous tile panel depicts a city landscape with the castle and the square of Commerce before the 1755 earthquake. Time to get down to Beira Interior. The view that follows is in Monsanto Castle, in what is dubbed the "most Portuguese village in Portugal", and provides over 700 meters, a privileged view over a rural landscape.

"Indispensable Portugal"
Seventh suggestion takes the reader back to Sintra, to climb up to the Pena Palace. "These are the views that the kings were on their rest days" when, in the summer, "came looking for a cooler climate" with "idyllic views and mysterious." As for the palace, the article speaks of "a whole architectural rarity, with extravagance in stone and tile and all sorts of vagaries." The author guarantees that the sights that met here offer spectacular views of one "indispensable Portugal".

Sintra the way to Lisbon, it is time to stop at Cabo da Roca where the "Atlantic collides with all your strength" on the rocks. It is "an open natural view of the sea, located at 140 meters high, and with 360 degrees views of the landscape of the Natural Park Sintra-Cascais." Returning north, Condé Nast suggests a visit to the monastery of Serra do Pilar, in Vila Nova de Gaia, from where you can enjoy the view "most famous and charming" on the Port: "It is this side of the Douro that accrue the best views of the city. " Author suggests this viewpoint because here we can see the "wonderful" iron bridge D. Luis I, symbol of the city, and the Stock Exchange Palace.

The article ends with a visit to the Alentejo, the village of Marvão, "with an unparalleled panoramic view. "Marvão profile off the ground to climb the heights" a "promontory 900 meters where stands the castle," says the author. It always can be seen, with 'bird's eye', the Sierra Natural Park of São Mamede, a true "natural wonder", concludes the paper.

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