Vila Fresca de Azeitão

Vila Fresca de Azeitão

Vila Fresca de Azeitão is just 2 km east of the larger village of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão. Both are south of Lisbon and west of Setubal. Like its near neighbor, Vila Fresca de Azeitão has a charming fountain, the 18th century Chafariz de Vila Fresca.

Chafariz de Vila Fresca
Chafariz de Vila Fresca
There's a church too, the Igreja de São Simão. This dates back originally to the 12th century and its founding by the military Order of Santiago, though the present church is from the 16th century with impressive azulejos tile panels inside from a century later.

Igreja de São Simão
Igreja de São Simão
Also in the village is the Quinta de Bacalhôa.

This is one of the largest wineries and vineyards in this area of Portugal. It is now owned by the business magnate José (Joe) Berardo, one of Portugal's richest people, who made his fortune in gold mining in South Africa.

Quinta de Bacalhôa
Quinta de Bacalhôa
Coming from a background in the wine trade in Madeira, Berardo has an interest in wine which he has combined with his love of art in the renovation of the Quinta de Bacalhôa. The name, by the way, ("Mrs. Cod") comes from previous owners with interests in the bacalhau (cod) trade.

The palace dates from the 18th century and is stocked with art and azulejos tiles from the 15th and 16th centuries. Guided tours of the palace can be arranged at the Bacalhôa headquarters (Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal) back in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão.

Quinta de Bacalhôa
Quinta de Bacalhôa
On the road to Quinta de Bacalhôa are two more quinta: Quinta dos Torres and Quinta Velha Queijeira de Azeitão. Quinta dos Torres can be hired for such events as weddings and conferences. The Quinta Velha Queijeira de Azeitão is a working family-owned farm producing the local cheese, Queijo de Azeitão, and with ancient olive trees in its grounds.

Quinta dos Torres
Quinta dos Torres

Access - Getting There

Azeitão is best reached by bus from either Coina Station on the Fertagus Line from Lisbon or bus from Setubal. Vila Fresca de Azeitão is on the N10 road.

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Chafariz de Vila Fresca
Chafariz de Vila Fresca
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Churches in Tavira

Churches in Tavira



Tavira in the Algarve has a number of historic and pretty churches.

Church of Santa Maria Tavira

The Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo (Church of Saint Maria of the Castle) stands on the ruins of a former mosque. As the name suggests it is also very close to Tavira Castle. The mosque is thought to have been one of the largest in the Algarve.

Church of Santa Maria Tavira
Church of Santa Maria
The chapel contains the tombs of seven Christian knights killed by the Moors in the 13th century, an act which prompted the reconquest of Tavira from the Moslems by Dom Paio Peres Correia, whose tomb is also in the church. Dom Paio Peres Correia also led the reconquest of Silves.

The Church of Santa Maria dates from the 13th century after the Reconquista of the city from the Moors. The church was built as an initiative of the Order of Santiago (1242) by D. Paio Peres Correia to replace the Arab mosque that existed here. Though this history is not conclusive and it is not certain whether a mosque was situated here or not.

Church of Santa Maria Tavira
19th Century Clock Tower, Church of Santa Maria
The church stands out for its 19th-century clock tower and oversized clock face.

Church of Santa Maria
Church of Santa Maria
Igreja de Santiago, Tavira

The church dates back to the 13th century. Personages involved in its construction include D. Afonso III and the Bishop of Silves. The church has a single nave with a main chapel and several side chapels. The interior has a set of wood carved altarpieces along with the fourteenth and sixteenth-century paintings that represent São João Batista, São Pedro, São Vicente, and São Brás.

Igreja de Santiago, Tavira
Igreja de Santiago, Tavira


Church of Santa Maria
Church of Santa Maria
Igreja de São Paulo

The Igreja de São Paulo is the former church of the Convento or Monastery of São Paulo (Igreja do Antigo Convento dos Eremitas de São Paulo).

The church, built in the shape of a Latin cross, dates from 1606 but after the dissolution of the monasteries in Portugal in 1834, the fittings and grounds were sold at public auction and the building came into the hands of the Fraternity of Nossa Senhora da Ajuda (Our Lady of Assistance). Her statue can be seen in the niche in the façade.

Inside the church is a collection of paintings, carvings and religious images from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, many from other churches and dissolved monasteries in the area.

Igreja de São Paulo
Igreja de São Paulo
Igreja da Misericórdia de Tavira

The church dates from the mid-sixteenth century in Renaissance style. The interior has some superb azulejos tilework.

Igreja da Misericórdia de Tavira
Igreja da Misericórdia de Tavira
Ermida de Santa Ana

The Ermida de Santa Ana dates from the 16th century.

Ermida de Santa Ana
Ermida de Santa Ana

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Verdes Station Porto Metro

Verdes Station Porto Metro

Verdes is a station on the Porto Metro close to Porto Airport (Aeroporto Internacional Sá Carneiro).

The station is on Line E (Violet Line) and Line B (Red Line) from the seaside resort and port of Póvoa de Varzim via Vila do Conde to Estádio do Dragão. Change to Line E here for the short ride to the airport.

Verdes Station Porto Metro
Station platform
Nearby Hotel Accommodation

Verdes is close to a number of hotels convenient for Porto Airport. These include the four star Oporto Airport & Business Hotel and the Check in here holiday home.

Verdes Station Porto Metro
The platform
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Rato Station Lisbon Metro

Rato Station Lisbon Metro

Rato is a station on the Lisbon Metro in Lisbon. Rato is the southern terminus station of the Yellow Line (Linha Amarela) of the capital's subway network.



The Yellow Line runs from Rato to Odivelas. Several Carris buses stop at the station: 202, 706, 713, 720, 727, 738, 758 and 774.

Rato is also a tram stop for the number 24 Lisbon tram.

Nearby Rato Station

The station is convenient for both the Reservatório da Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras and the Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva. The Capela de Nossa Senhora de Monserrate is also in this area.

Rato Station Lisbon Metro


If you wish to stay in this area of the city there are a number of hotels to choose from. These include the four-star Altis Prime Hotel, the three-star Casa de Sao Mamede Hotel and the budget Príncipe Real Guest House.

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Carolina Michaelis Station Porto Metro

Carolina Michaelis Station Porto Metro

Carolina Michaelis is a station on the Porto Metro in the west center of the city on lines B, C, E, and F. An elevator runs down to the station from 139 R. da Infanta Dona Maria or take the stairs through a small park setting.

Carolina Michaelis Station Porto Metro


Line B (Red Line) runs from the seaside resort and port of Póvoa de Varzim via Vila do Conde to Estádio do Dragão.

Line C (Green Line) operates from ISMAI to Estádio do Dragão.

Line E (Violet Line) runs 13 km from Trindade Station to Aeroporto (Porto Airport)

Line F (Orange Line) connects Senhora da Hora and Fânzeres.

Carolina Michaelis Station Porto Metro


Carolina Michaelis is close to a number of guest houses, for example, Carolina Michaelis House and TPC Sweet & Relax. The station is also close to Rotunda da Boavista (Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque) and Casa da Musica, which is the next stop heading west.

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Porto Tuk Tuks

Porto Tuk Tuks

Tuk Tuks are a common sight on the streets of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Their use has also spread to the country's second city of Porto.

Porto Tuk Tuks

Often electric, these vehicles are ideal for weaving through the traffic to afford tourists a great view of the streets through their open sides. Love them or loathe them, it seems they are here to stay.

Porto Tuk Tuks

The operators offer a variety of tours in and around Porto including tours of Porto city, Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia. There are also night tours and even tours with lunch included. The tours usually last an hour or 90 minutes.

Each tuk tuk can usually carry up to six people.

Another different way of getting around Porto is by Segway, too!

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Heroismo Station Porto Metro

Heroismo Station Porto Metro

Heroismo is a station on the Porto Metro on lines A, B, C and F in the east of the city.

Heroismo Station Porto Metro


Line A (Blue Line) runs from Senhor de Matosinhos to Estádio do Dragão via Trindade in downtown Porto.

Line B (Red Line) runs from the seaside resort and port of Póvoa de Varzim via Vila do Conde to Estádio do Dragão.

Line C (Green Line) operates from ISMAI to Estádio do Dragão.

Line F (Orange Line) connects Senhora da Hora and Fânzeres.

Heroismo Station Porto Metro


Heroismo Station is close to Porto's Military Museum and a number of hotels, for example, Eurostars Heroismo and Porto With Love Apartments. The station is also close to the large Cemitério Prado do Repouso cemetery.

Porto bus 400 stops at the station.

Cemitério Prado do Repouso cemetery
Cemitério Prado do Repouso cemetery

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Rodoviária de Lisboa Bus 329

Rodoviária de Lisboa Bus 329

The Rodoviária de Lisboa bus number 329 runs from Campo Grande Bus Station to Quinta da Piedade. The bus also stops at Lisbon Airport, Prior Velho, Pirescoxe and Via Rara. Quinta da Piedade is northeast of Lisbon on the River Tagus Estuary. The major attraction here is the 18th century Palace of Quinta da Piedade.



The blue livery of the bus indicates it operates out of one of the following places: Estação do Oriente, Póvoa, Sacavém, Santa Iria, Loures, Moscavide, Campo Grande or Alverca.

Rodoviária de Lisboa (RL) buses connect the capital with the districts of Loures, Odivelas e Vila Franca de Xira outside Lisbon. The company operates over 100 bus routes in total.

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Guimarães Buses

Guimarães Buses

Buses in Guimarães are operated by TUG (Transurbanos de Guimarães). They operate both local city buses and buses to more outlying areas.

Buses have olive green and white livery and are mainly of Mercedes manufacture. Both modern and air-conditioned, buses in the city are a pleasant way to get around, though tourists can mainly walk around the historic center.

Guimarães Buses


Bus Routes in Guimarães

The following are some of the major bus routes in the city.

Linha Cidade

The Linha Cidade is a loop bus (circular) that performs a 30-minute circuit from the central bus station (Central de Camionagem) passing Largo do Toural, Guimarães Station, Jardim do Carmo, Universidade (University of Guimarães), Avenida de Londres and back to the bus station.

11 - Nespereira

The 11 runs between Nespereira and Campo de Feira. Buses run from 6.45 am to 7. 40 pm on this route.

12 - Carvalhos

The 12 runs between Carvalhos and Toural. Buses stop at the bus station and Health Center on this route.

21 - Belas Ares

The 21 operates from Campo da Feira to Belas Ares.


Guimarães Buses

22 - Madredeus

The 22 is a circular bus out of Almada Sul that stops at the Universidade do Minho.

31 - Pedroso

The 31 connects Almada Norte to Almada Sul and stops at the Universidade do Minho.

32 - Pedroso

Bus number 32 also connects Almada Norte to Almada Sul and stops at the Universidade do Minho but on a slightly different route.

42 Parque Industrial

Bus 42 connects Parque Industrial and Almada Norte. This bus stops at the Guimarães Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques

62 Parque Industrial

Bus 62 connects Almada Sud and Almada Norte via Guimarães Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques.

Bus stop and bus


51/52 Circular

The 51 and 52 buses run in a loop from Campo da Feira and stop at the lower station of the Teleferico (Cable Car) up to Mount Penha.

61 Vilar

The 61 connects Almada Norte and Vilar and then from Vilar to Almada Sud. The third stop out of Almada Norte is the soccer stadium.

63 Fermentões

The bus connects Gonçalo Triângulo and Fermentões via Grisel and Penassol.

71 Santa Amaro

This bus runs between Santa Amaro and Toural.

72 Santa Amaro

This bus runs between St Martinho de Cardoso and Toural.

81 Gondar

The 81 bus operates from Gondar to Gonçalo Triângulo.

Guimarães Bus

82 St Martinho de Cardoso

This bus runs between St Martinho de Cardoso and Gonçalo Triângulo. The route has services from 5.30 am to 7.30 pm.

82 São Cristóvão de Selho

Bus services between São Cristóvão de Selho and Gonçalo Triângulo.

84 Santiago de Candoso

The 84 connects Santiago de Candoso and Gonçalo Triângulo.

Rede Notura

The Rede Noturna are late evening buses on some of the above routes between 8 pm and 11.30 pm.

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84 Bus


Accommodation in Guimarães

Accommodation options in Guimarães include the EMAJ Guimarães Boutique Hotel, the four star Hotel Toural, the Stay Hotel Guimarães Centro, also four stars and the two star Hotel Mestre de Avis.
The Hotel de Guimarães in the south of the city is four stars and has a swimming pool and spa.
Budget hotels in the city include the one star Hotel São Mamede and the two star Hotel ibis Guimaraes Centro.

See here for a full listing of hotels, hostels and apartments in Guimarães.

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Church of Santa Maria Covilha

Church of Santa Mariá, Covilhã

The Church of Santa Mariá in Covilhã in the Beira Alta region of Portugal is set in a small square near the Praça do Municipio.



History

The church dates originally from the 16th century. The superb azulejos tiles were added in the 1940's. The tiles depict various scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary.

Within the church are 11 chapels with 5 of them dedicated to the Virgin Mary.



Access - Getting There

Rua da Senhora da Paciência 1
200-138 Covilhã

Other churches in the town include Capela De São Joao De Malta, São Silvestre, the Igreja da Misericórdia da Covilhã, the Igreja do Sagrado Coração de Jesus (S. Tiago) and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição - São Francisco. The Museu de Arte Sacra has a large collection of religious art housed in a finehouse from the 1920's.

If you are staying in town, the Hotel Solneve is recommended.

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Igreja da Misericórdia da Covilhã
Igreja da Misericórdia da Covilhã
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Hospital de Santo Antonio Porto

Hospital de Santo António, Porto

The Hospital de Santo António in Porto, northern Portugal is one of the leading hospitals in the country.

Hospital de Santo António, Porto


History

The hospital was designed in the Palladian style by English architect John Carr (1723-1807) and built between 1770 and 1824. (It was completed long after Carr's death).

Carr's works in England that can still be seen include Buxton Crescent in Buxton, Derbyshire and Fairfax House in York, Yorkshire.

The building was commissioned by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto, a charitable organization with a very long history of good works in Portugal.

The institution is both a working and teaching hospital connected with the University of Porto. It is classified as a National Monument.

Inside the building is a small but interesting museum set in two historic rooms - the Museu do Centro Hospitalar do Porto which is dedicated to the history and development of medicine and pharmacology in Portugal. (Small entrance fee required).

Hospital de Santo Antonio Porto

Access - Getting There

Largo do Prof. Abel Salazar
4099-001 Porto
Tel: 22 207 7500

Porto tram 18 stops outside the hospital as do the following Portugal buses: 200, 201, 207, 208, 301, 307 and 501 as well as the night buses 12M and 13M.

The building was designed by John Carr


Nearby

Close by are the Italian Consulate, the Jardim da Cordoaria and the 1950's Palácio da Justiça.

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Porto Bus 507

Porto Bus 507

The Porto bus 507 runs between Cordoaria and Leça da Palmeira in Matoshinhos via Casa da Musica Station, Continente and MAR Shopping Center.

Porto Bus 507
507 Bus in Porto

The bus makes 51 stops on the route. The duration of the route is around 45 minutes.

From Cordoaria the first bus is at 6.15 am with the last bus at 12.15 am daily. From Leça da Palmeira in Matoshinhos the first bus is at 6 am with the last bus at 12.20 am.

Stops on the route include Carmo, Bavista, Sidonio Pais, Carcavelos, Goa, Lota, Regadio, MAR Shopping IKEA, Praia de Leça and Humberto Cruz.

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Aveiro Congress Center

Aveiro Congress Center (Centro de Congressos de Aveiro)

The Aveiro Congress Center in Aveiro is housed in a former ceramics factory, the Fabrica de Ceramica de Jeronymo Periera Campos.

Aveiro Congress Center (Centro de Congressos de Aveiro)
Aveiro Congress Center

The impressive brick building was built between 1915 and 1917. It was designed by the Portuguese architect José Olímpio.

The building is behind the Fonte Nova Lake and the Cojo Canal. Next door is Aveiro's Câmara Municipal (Town Hall). You can take in the view on a boat tour from the center of town.

Just across the canal is the more contemporary Hotel Melia Ria with an indoor pool and spa.

Hotel Melia Ria


The building hosts conferences, concerts, theatrical performances, trade fairs, and other events.

Access - Getting There

Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro
Cais da Fonte Nova
3810-200 Aveiro
Tel: 23 440 6481

Aveiro Congress Center
The building was built between 1915 and 1917

Fabrica de Ceramica de Jeronymo Periera Campos
The building was formerly the Fabrica de Ceramica de Jeronymo Periera Campos

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Ovos Moles

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Porto Bus 400

Porto Bus 400

The Porto bus 400 runs between Avenida Aliados and Parque Nascente via Sao Bento and Campanha Station.

Porto Bus 400
Bus 400 in Porto

The bus makes 31 stops on the route. The duration of the route is around 32 minutes.

From Aliados the first bus is at 6 am with the last bus at 12.20 am daily. From Parque Nascente the first bus is at 5.55 am with the last bus at 12.20 am. There is an earlier bus departing Azevedo at 5.35 am for Aliados.

Stops on the route include Batalha, Sao Bento Station (on the Porto metro and CP lines), Heroismo (on the Porto metro), Campanha Station (on the Porto metro and CP lines), Azevedo, Escolas and Vila Cova.

Other Porto Bus Routes

206

507

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Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular

Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular (Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte)

A carriage at the top station
A carriage at the top station
The Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular was the first funicular to be built in the Iberian Peninsula. Indeed, it is the oldest funicular in the world powered by water counterbalancing.

The water balance Bom Jesus funicular in Braga was completed in 1882 after two years of work and is used by those not wishing or unable to climb the 577 stairs to the summit of Bom Jesus.

A carriage arriving at the lower station
A carriage arriving at the lower station

History

The funicular was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard who was also responsible for several funiculars in Lisbon. These are the Ascensor da Glória, the Ascensor da Bica, the Elevador do Lavra and the Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa). He was invited to the capital to work on these projects after the success and popularity of the funicular in Braga. The project in Braga was financed by local businessman Manuel Joaquim Gomes.

A carriage leaving the lower station
A carriage leaving the lower station
The carriages travel 274 metres up the hill, with an 42º incline and a vertical rise of 116 metres. The wooden carriages have been beautifully restored and the quick ascent is a highlight of a visit to Bom Jesus, especially for children.

Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular


Access - Getting There

To get to the lower station visitors need to take a bus from the center of Braga. This stops at the car park opposite the entrance to the funicular.

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Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular
Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular
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