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Monsaraz, set in the heart of Alentejo countryside, is one of Portugal’s most inspiring fortified hilltop villages.
Monsaraz has a Castle, built in 1310, offering spectacular views over the village and surrounding plains.
The village also boasts an elegant Igreja Matriz Parish Church which welcomes visitors.
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A popular tourist destination today, Silves was once the capital of Moorish Algarve. Surrounded by red sandstone walls and gates, Silves is protected by its Moorish castle which was finally captured by Dom Sancho I. The castle was restored in 1835.
The other landmark of Silves is the 1189 Se MisericoridiaCathedral Church standing over a peaceful cobbled square with charming cafe terraces.
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Mertola is one of the most pleasant villages to visit in Portugal. Sat high above the Guadiana River the village is dominated by Mertola Castle. A statue of Ibn Qasi stands guard at the entrance.
Next to Mertola Castle is the Matriz Parish Church with its elegant white facade.
Following the narrow streets down into the village you will come across the Torre de Relogio – the Clock Tower offer wide views over the surrounding valley. Close-by is the square holding the town hall. The square has been beautifully reformed recently.
Mertola offers many interesting museums on the village’s history, one of which the Islamic Studies Museum can be found in this charming yellow building.
Finally, do not leave town without purchasing some fresh produce at Mertola’s market, cheese being particular speciality.
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There are many wonderful villages in Portugal and if you are arriving in the North East corner of the country one of the first that you will come across is Braganca in the region of Tras-os-Montes.
The highlight of the village is definitely the Cidedela which comprises of the castle and the Menagem Tower, Santa Maria Church and the famous 12-13th century Domus Municipalis where the town’s medieval council used to sit.
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With easy access through Ryanair, Alicante makes a great weekend break with a chance to sit back and enjoy the Med as well as dine out at a number of good restaurants.
Highlights include the Port with its array of yachts and small boats alongside Postiguet Beach which is surprisingly nice for a city beach.
Other landmarks include Santa Barbara Castle, the Town Hall and San Nicolas Cathedral Church, all within close walking distance from each other.
The interesting Central Market – Mercado Central is also well worth a look around. Prices are very reasonable and the freshness of the products, second to none.
Finally sit back and enjoy a coffee on the Explanada de España which has an attractive tile mosaic surface.