Portugal holiday tale journey, what to see in 7 days

Travel experience lived by two travelers on vacation, to the discovery of the state in the Iberian Peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Portugal holiday

Between the end of July and early August of this year my husband and I have made a holiday in Portugal. We decided for this goal quite quickly because we can not plan holidays for tourism with a long time in advance.

Portugal is a country that was already in our hearts so we booked everything, in the week before the departure date, via the Internet: the airfare, Air Dolomiti up to Monaco and then the Tap to Lisbon, the various hotels in cities we wanted to visit and the Hertz rental car. We landed in Lisbon on the afternoon of July 27, we withdrew the car at the airport and we headed straight to Fatima.

What to see in Portugal

From here we started our tour. At Fatima we found immediately after the trip well because we needed a small place and crop to settle a bit ‘. Fatima was for us a beautiful spiritual experience and the memory of this visit excites us always, despite the time elapses and the memories will go away.

The next day starting from Fatima we went to visit the Convent of Christ in Tomar making a pretty winding road through woods, in some places burned, perhaps by fires that occurred in past years. The Convent is immense and to visit with all the hand guide took us a bit ‘of time. This convent is rich in history having first belonged to the Order of the Templars and then the order of Christ, already these two names evoke important periods in the history of Portugal and thoughts go to all the people who over the centuries have inhabited this place their ideals, the life they led, and here we began to become familiar with the art Manuelina, which will be a recurring motif throughout the journey.
On the same day we visited the magnificent Monastery of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Batalha, built by King John I in gratitude for the victory over the Castilians in 1385, a really fine example of Portuguese Gothic, the center that has arisen around orbit this beautiful work. We returned to Fatima and we prepared for the second leg of our trip: Porto, passing for Coimbra.

In fact, the next day we arrived in Coimbra on soon, to devote as much time as possible to visiting this beautiful city Lusitana. We visited its famous and fascinating University overlooking the city and its courtyard is a magnificent view over the River Mondego. Old Cathedral in Romanesque style is beautiful in its simplicity. The new cathedral instead is Baroque and is a little higher than the old one, because the cities in Portugal, at least the ones we visited, are all at the top and it’s all an up and down. In the lower area of ​​Coimbra are the two convents of Santa Clara. A walk through the city, I remember a beautiful blue sky, but the time was up: Porto awaited us.

The hotel was in the center of Porto, a company to get there, but we did it !! The night we were having dinner at a restaurant in Vila Nova de Gaia on the Douro River, with views of the city of Porto which has remained in the memories of the whole trip. This city, I feel, is not aware of its beauty. Are in place several restoration works, that should enhance even more. Very beautiful cathedral, for its location and for its appearance, so the Church of San Francesco rich in it, and the Tower with the Church of Clerici Baroque-style by the Italian architect Nasoni, that a passer us did immediately notice saying this has made an Italian! (Understood already looking our origins). Funny also the visit to the winery, tasting of the famous wine “Porto”.

The next stop is Lisbon, but before we get there we wanted to make us a little wave from the Atlantic wind, so we stopped on the coast at Nazaré, a beautiful resort town with a rich history. Shortly before entering the country along the road, a row of ladies sitting, showed a sign that said “rooms”, and so also on the waterfront, where others were selling dried fish or dried fruit, etc. lupins. and at the same time doing crochet work. The ladies a little more “big” were dressed in dark with apron front and the head scarf tied to brasialiana, even men of a certain age were often in dark suits with typical hat. However the best part of this resort is the original core of which lies on top of a cliff, overlooking the bay. Beautiful Church that is a shrine in honor of the Virgin Mary and the origin has a history that dates back to 1182, when a nobleman entrusted himself to the Virgin and was saved by you, avoiding to fall from the cliff during a hunting trip, then he built this church in thanks, (inside there are some very beautiful azulejos). Quite a strong wind greeted us also to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, with the magnificent cliffs. A beautiful waved and departed for Lisbon via Sintra.

This city greeted us in his role as the country’s capital. We went straight to the Castle of St. George is located at the highest point of the city. Remained the walkway, some towers and ramparts from where you can admire a beautiful view of the city. We also visited the Alfama district, one of Lisbon’s oldest, survived the earthquake of 1755 which caused a lot of damage to the city. To get there we took the typical tram. 28, climbing up the hill, rattled and offering numerous photographs of tourists. In the evening we went to the Barrio Alto, another neighborhood very ancient and characteristic. We had dinner in the famous local “From Cervejaria Trindade”, we went early because as recommended on the hour peak is in line to enter, and it’s true. We ate excellent bacalhau (salt cod in Portugal you can not help but eat it, I know how to cook in all ways and is found in all the menus). To get to the Barrio Alto we went on foot from Chiado (another district), instead of taking the Santa Justa Elevator (a lift in neo-Gothic style) which compensates for the difference in height of the city. The next day we went sightseeing with the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower typical examples of Manueline art, which are located on the River Tagus, with the Monument of the Discoveries. After tasting the famous pastries of Belem pastry near the Monastery (are really good) we returned by tram 15 to Praça do Comercio, in the lower part of the city. We went to visit the Cathedral: a building of Romanesque and Gothic style with a beautiful façade formed by a central rose window flanked by two towers. Immediately beneath the Cathedral is the Church of St. Anthony which is, according to tradition, at the point where there was the house where the saint was born. Always with the tram 28 we arrived to the Church of San Vicente de Fora, this Church is the work of an Italian, Filippo Terzi, who was inspired by the churches of the Roman Renaissance. We walked a lot even walking the streets of the Baixa, trying to massino invited to enjoy, the last hours of this holiday: the next day, early in the morning, the plane was waiting for the return home.