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Algarve

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he Algarve is a region, sub-region and historical province (or natural region) of Portugal, being the most southern of all regions in the country.

Points of interest:

 

Alcalar: Necropolis, graves and Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlements in the municipality of Portimão.

Alcoutim: Castle, ruin of a Moorish castle located on the River Guadiana in front of San Lucar de Guadiana in Spain.

Alcoutim: Igreja Matriz de S. Salvador, Igreja Matriz S. Salvador is one of the best examples of the First Renaissance in the Algarve.

Aljezur: Castle, ruin of a Moorish castle located in the Costa Vicentina nature reserve.

Beliche: Fortaleza, this small fort is located near Praia do Beliche, between Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente.

Faro: Catedral Sé, the Cathedral of Faro in the center of Vila-Adentro.

Lagos: Igreja da Santo António, built in 1707, was rebuilt after the earthquake destroyed most of the building and its gilded carving. It is a Baroque style building, whose exterior simplicity contrasts with the decorative richness of the interior. The gilded decoration is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

Serra da Estrela

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erra da Estrela, located in the Centro region, designates the mountain range where the highest altitudes of mainland Portugal are found. Its highest point, with 1993 meters of altitude and called Torre, makes it the second highest mountain in Portugal (only the Pico Mountain, in the Azores, surpasses it by 358 meters).

It is part of the widest mountain range called the Central System, in the subsystem called the Montejunto-Estrela mountain system, which develops in the southwest-northeast direction from the Montejunto mountain range, and its parent peak is the Pico de Almançor.

 

Serra da Estrela is a landscape area integrated in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, which after its constitution on July 16, 1976 became the largest protected area on Portuguese soil. In addition to the snow, extraordinary fauna and flora, the traveler is also attracted by the colossal orography as well as by the human, cultural, historical and gastronomic wealth of the region.

Santiago of Compostela

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t is an internationally famous city as one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations in the world, whose popularity is possibly only surpassed by Rome and Jerusalem.

Linked to this tradition, which dates back to the foundation of the city in the 9th century, the cathedral of Santiago with a baroque façade stands out, which houses the tomb of Santiago Maior, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The visit to this tomb marks the end of the pilgrimage, whose routes, the so-called Caminhos de Santiago or Milky Way, extend throughout Western Europe over thousands of kilometers.

Seville

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ull of history, it gained regional importance even before the formation of Spain, when it was under Muslim rule and became one of the main commercial and cultural centers in Iberia.

Later, already under Spanish rule, it started to have a crucial role in the conquest of the Americas, since the boats left for America dominated by the Spaniards and returned here loaded with gold and other wealth.

 

With all this, Seville grew and flourished and is today an imposing city, full of monuments from various eras, from Muslims to modern buildings of the 21st century.

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