Tag Archives: Portugal

UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Convent of Christ in Tomar

I’ve been lucky to have visited many of Portugal’s Unesco World Heritage Sites, and one that I’ve driven quite close to but never actually visited, until recently, was the Convent of Christ in Tomar. With its origins as a stronghold … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Challenge: Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém

While in Lisbon (Portugal) recently, I got to tick off another Unesco world heritage site. Physically this is two sites, but they are in short walking distance of each other but they classed as one. First the Monastery of the … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site Challenge: Garrison Border town of Elvas and its Fortifications

This site in Portugal, close to the Spanish border, only became a designated Unesco site in 2012 due the value of the extensive fortifications which took place between the 17th and 19th centuries. Historically, this area was a key point … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site challenge: Historic Centre of Évora

The city of Évora, capital of the Alentejo Province lies around 150km south east of Lisbon and is an excellent example of a city from the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755. … Continue reading

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More maps with meals

Last year I wrote a post about Tampopo, a fusion restaurant in Manchester which provides a map as a placemat. Recently in Portugal I found another eatery which was also provided a map, but this time with a little information … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Alto Douro Wine Region

Back in April I visited the Wine Region, an area of northern Portugal which has been producing wine for over 2000 years, inscribed as a UNESCO site in 2001. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Historic Centre of Guimarães

This week I had the chance to visit another UNESCO site in Portugal, the historic town of Guimarães.  This town is deemed an important site for three key reasons: A specialized building technique was  developed there in the Middle Ages … Continue reading

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