Constância is a town situated near the confluence of the Tagus and Zêzere rivers, about 130 km from Lisbon. This means that this Constância itinerary is the ideal choice for a day trip from the Portuguese capital! Constância is known for being the place of residence of the poet Luís de Camões. Originally, it was called Punhete, a toponym with Roman roots, but with obscene connotations. For that reason and at the request of the local population, Queen Maria II changed its name to Constância!
In 1890, businessman Eusebi Güell decided to build an industrial colony in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, near Barcelona. Nicknamed Colònia Güell, the textile complex had accommodation for the factory workers and several public buildings. One of them is the Crypt of Colònia Güell, a masterpiece of Catalan modernist architecture, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unfinished church was designed by Antoni Gaudí and became one of the many monuments he designed for Eusebi Güell!
Escaldes-Engordany (or les Escaldes i Engordany) is a city and one of seven parishes of the Principality of Andorra, a microstate situated between France and Spain. The city is the result of the union between two old urban centers in 1726: Les Escaldes and Engordany. On the other hand, the homonymous parish was only founded in 1978. On this Escaldes-Engordany itinerary, you’ll discover tourist attractions and cultural activities, including the best things to do in Escaldes-Engordany!
The “12 Historical Villages of Portugal” are a program created to restore and enhance a series of villages in the Beira Interior region, older than the country itself. Of these, 7 are located in the Guarda district, 4 in the Castelo Branco district, and 1 in the Coimbra district. Interestingly, only Castelo Mendo, Idanha-a-Velha, Linhares da Beira, Marialva, Piódão, and Sortelha are villages. Almeida, Belmonte, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, and Monsanto are towns, while Trancoso is a city!
Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra, a microstate situated between France and Spain, in the heart of the Pyrenees. Due to its location at an altitude of 1023 meters, the city is the highest capital in Europe. The name “Vella” means “Town” and not “Old”, serving to distinguish the city from the country and to reinforce the fact that it’s the capital. On this Andorra la Vella itinerary, you’ll discover tourist attractions, cultural activities, and the best things to do in Andorra la Vella!
With so many palaces, Sintra looks like something out of a fairy tale and is one of the best destinations for a day trip from Lisbon. However, after reading this Sintra itinerary, you’ll see why it’s so much better to spend 2 days in Sintra! A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, the Cultural Landscape of Sintra houses iconic monuments, such as the National Palace of Pena, the Moorish Castle, the National Palace of Sintra, the Quinta da Regaleira, and the Palace of Monserrate, among others!
Vatican City (in Latin, Civitas Vaticana; and in Italian, Città del Vaticano) is a sovereign city-state situated in Rome. With just over 40 hectares, its foundation dates back to the Roman Empire, when Saint Peter was crucified on the spot. And, since then, the Vatican became the biggest and most important Catholic sanctuary! Nowadays, the perfect Vatican City itinerary includes visiting the Vatican Museums, strolling through Saint Peter’s Square, and entering Saint Peter’s Basilica!
Rome is not only one of the best places to visit in Italy but also the capital of the country. Inhabited for almost three millennia, the Eternal City is linked to the foundation of Western and Christian civilization. Besides, Rome it’s the only city in the world with a country within its territory: the Vatican! Among the best things to do in Rome, are the Colosseo, the Piazza Navona, the Foro Romano e Palatino, the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, the Piazza di Spagna, and the Castel Sant’Angelo!
Venice (in Italian, Venezia) is not only one of the best places to visit in Italy but also one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Capital of the Veneto region, Venice is completely different from any other city in the world, as it was built between the canals of a lagoon with the same name: the Laguna di Venezia. In fact, “Venice and its Lagoon” were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987, for their cultural, architectural, and artistic value!
Florence (in Italian, Firenze) is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a true paradise for art and architecture lovers. Considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the capital of the Tuscany region was the workplace of the most renowned masters, such as Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Besides, Florence is one of the best places to visit in Italy and its historic center was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1992!