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Sitting on the banks of the River Tamega, the town of Amarante makes a delightful stopover.

Next to the famous stone bridge you will find the imposing Igreja y Mosteiro – Church and Monastery of St Goncalo founded in 1540. The church has a stunning nave and peaceful cloisters.

Church and Monastery of St Goncalo, Amarante, Portugal

Church and Monastery of St Goncalo, Amarante, Portugal

Church and Monastery of St Goncalo, Amarante, Portugal

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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.

Stuate of Ibn Qasi, Mertola Castle, Portugal

Next to Mertola Castle is the Matriz Parish Church with its elegant white facade.

Matriz Parish Church, Mertola, Portugal

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.

Torre de Relogio - Clock Tower, Mertola, Portugal

Town Hall, Mertola, Portugal

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.

Islamic Studies Museum, Mertola, Portugal

Finally, do not leave town without purchasing some fresh produce at Mertola’s market, cheese being particular speciality.

Market, Mertola, Portugal

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Tomar in the region of Ribatejo is well-known throughout the world for the amazing structure of the Convento de Cristo which stands high above the town, dominating the skyline.

Convento de Cristo, Tomar, Portugal

Convento de Cristo, Tomar, Portugal

The Convento de Cristo was built in the 12th century. The most celebrated aspect of the building is the Chapter House Window designed by Diogo de Arruda in 1510.

Convento de Cristo, Tomar, Portugal

Apart from the Convento de Cristo the town also offers other attractions including a stroll along the River Nabao, some charming food at local restaurants and a quite base from which to explore the attractive local scenery.

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Aveiro is one of the most charming towns on the Beira Litoral. Famed for its collection of canals which are now used by the traditional moliceiros boats to ferry tourists around the local landmarks.

Moliceiros Boats, Aveiro, Portugal

Moliceiro Boats on the Canals of Aveiro, Portugal

The Railway Station has a wonderful azulejo tile design on the facade of the building depicting the history of the area.

Azulejo Tile Design at Aveiro Railway Station, Portugal

Make sure you give yourself time to stroll along the streets, and enjoy a meal on a terrace outside the traditional fish market building which has now been converted. Finally head out to the Costa Nova Beach which, although busy, offers plenty of space to enjoy the Atlantic waves.

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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.

The Domus Municipalis and Santa Maria Church, Braganca

Santa Maria Church, Braganca

Menagem Tower, Braganca