Despite being a town, Almeida is considered one of the “12 Historical Villages of Portugal” (a program created by the Portuguese government in 1991, to restore and enhance a series of villages in the Beira Interior, older than the country itself)! Located very close to the Spanish border (and to the historical villages of Castelo Mendo and Castelo Rodrigo), Almeida is internationally known for its fortress, which forms a twelve-pointed star, thanks to its six bulwarks and six ravelins!
The Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden is the largest oriental garden in Europe, occupying 35 hectares of the Quinta dos Loridos (a wine estate in Leiria, Portugal). And despite being known for the Buddha statues, the enclosure is made up of several green spaces, with ornamental ponds and curious sculptures. Above all, the Buddha Eden is a tribute to Asian cultures and religions. Here, you’ll wander among giant Buddhas, pagoda towers, terracotta warriors of Xian, and lakes with Koi fish!
The Cerco Garden is a baroque garden located next to the Royal Building of Mafra. It has about 9 hectares and started out as a conventual fence, housing a formal garden, a botanical garden, and several leisure areas. With the extinction of the Religious Orders in 1834, the Cerco Garden became exclusive to the court. After having served as a Conventual Garden and a Court Garden for two centuries, the Cerco Garden opened to the public in 1910. And nowadays, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The Sanctuary of Fátima emerged from the request made by Our Lady of the Rosary to the Three Little Shepherds, on the apparition of October 13th, 1917. What started as a small chapel in honor of the Virgin Mary, became a national sanctuary and the most important pilgrimage site in Portugal, with millions of visitors every year! Despite being a religious destination, the Sanctuary of Fátima is the perfect place for a day trip from Lisbon, due to the beautiful architecture of its many monuments!
The official experience created by the Van Gogh Museum arrived in Lisbon in 2020, after having been to Beijing, Barcelona, and Seoul. More than a “traveling museum”, this is an unprecedented and multisensory journey through the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, whose paintings are known all over the world. From the artist’s emergence in the 1880s to his departure to the south of France and consequent illness, Meet Vincent Van Gogh is an original way of getting to know the painter!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in Northern Portugal? From Porto to the Côa Valley, get ready to discover unique, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Northern Region or Northern Portugal is a region located in northern Portugal and its capital is the city of Porto. In addition, it’s the most populous region in the country and the third largest, encompassing the Braga, Bragança, Porto, Viana do Castelo, and Vila Real districts, and part of the Aveiro, Guarda, and Viseu districts!
The Monastery of Tibães is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Portugal. In fact, I think it’s a pity that this monument hasn’t been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (yet), like the Monasteries of Batalha, Hieronymites, and Alcobaça. If you’re thinking of visiting Braga, I recommend you spend one day exploring its historic center and another discovering the religious heritage on the outskirts of the city – namely the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and the Monastery of Tibães!
The Palace of Monserrate is one of the many existing palaces in Sintra, Portugal. And although it’s not as visited as the famous National Palace of Pena, the Palace of Monserrate is well worth a visit! This estate is the perfect example of Romanticism in Portugal and what eclectic life would have been like in the 19th century. In addition, its “exotic” architecture mixes Gothic, Indian, and Moorish influences, blending perfectly with a botanical park where species from all over the world grow!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in Portugal? From Angra do Heroísmo to Tomar, get ready to discover unique, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! Nowadays, Portugal is the ninth country in Europe and the eighteenth country in the world with the most sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It accounts for a total of seventeen: sixteen sites of cultural interest and one site of natural interest!
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus is a reference to Neoclassical art in Portugal and the best-known sanctuary in the country, after the Sanctuary of Fátima. Therefore, exploring this “sacred hill” is a highly recommended experience for all travelers and tourists visiting the city of Braga and the northern region of Portugal. The Bom Jesus is just a few kilometers from the historic center but has excellent access to transportation. Besides, it’s the perfect spot to admire the sunset over Braga!