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Discover Portugal’s Treasures – Part 1


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Passion. Culture. Paradise. It’s time to fall in love with Portugal!

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Passion. Culture. Paradise. It’s time to fall in love with Portugal!


Lisbon: The Queen of the Sea

In the south of Portugal lays its crown jewel: Lisbon, its capital and largest city.Situated on the coast of the Atlantic, it is one of the most historic cities in the world, predating London, Paris and Rome.

 In the hillside neighborhood of Alfama, you can pass the time with a glass of port wine as you listen to a Fado singer performing a soul-stirring ballad.

 Take time to explore the many landmarks of Lisbon, like: 

Monument to the Discoveries: See the stunning statue of Portugal’s legendary explorers, including Vasco De Gama, Magellan and Henry the Navigator.


Jeronimo’s Monastery: Built from 1501 – 1600, this magnificent monument was a tribute to the country’s incredible voyages around world.


Belem Tower: A beautiful monolith on the Tagus River dating to 1521, it marks the spot where great explorers set across the Atlantic.



Historic Lodging

The Pousadas de Portugal is a chain of elegant, historic hotels located throughout mainland Portugal and the Azores.


The country is home to over 160 castles, including the Pousada de Palmela.


Enjoy a stay at this unique accommodation that’s located on the top of a hill. Take in the picturesque views of the region when exploring the grounds.


Be in awe of the Pousada do Porto, Freixo Palace Hotel. The palace was built in 1742, but was sold to construct the adjacent old Harmony grinding mills. Travelers now can revel in the luxury of the Palace with its Baroque-inspired décor. To learn about other historic and exceptional lodging, visit http://www.pousadas.pt.



Notable Sights

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe, dating back to 1139! Set out to explore its rich history.


Visit Tomar’s Convent of the Order of Christ (Castle of the Knights Templar), a UNESCO site. Begun in 1160 to defend against the Moors, this stronghold incorporates nearly five centuries of architectural styles. Behold the most important window in all of Portugal, the Janela


Travel to medieval Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage site, first capital of Portugal, and birthplace of the nation's first king. Visit the imposing 10th century castle; the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, with 39 unusual brick chimneys; and the town’s superbly restored buildings.


Discover Porto’s riverfront, San Francisco Church’s golden interior, and the exuberant interior of the Stock Exchange Palace. See the 18th century fortress-like Clerigos Tower; the impressive Dona Maria Pia Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel; and the medieval quarter with traditional boats floating by the riverbanks.


Take a trip to Coimbra, home to one of the world's first universities. See the Baroque library, lined with 300,000 books; the 12th century Old Cathedral; and the 16th century aqueduct.


Stop at the Batalha Monastery, a monument to Portugal’s history and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Prince Henry the Navigator rests here. Be sure to snap a photo of the sunlight striking through the stunning stained glass windows!



If you’d like to research more about Portugal, contact your local travel professional or call leading tour operator Collette at 800.340.5158 and visit www.gocollette.com.


February 8, 2023


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