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In love with the sea

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In love with the sea

It is easy to fall in love by the sea and in Portugal we live this eternal romance all year.

The beach offers love, relaxation and fun. We think of relaxing walks by the sea in good company, of purifying the body and the soul, of resting at an esplanade to the sound of the waves, in the lively warm evenings.

On Moledo beach or the Esposende beaches in the north, you will be accompanied by a rougher sea shaping the land in its own way.

If you prefer half-deserted beaches, away from the crowd, then choose the Alentejo coast. In the south, the Algarve has a great variety. You have rougher beaches near Sagres or wide sandy beaches and warmer waters in Vilamoura, Faro and Tavira.

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Beaches of Arrábida

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Beaches of Arrábida

Standing like a sheer green wall above the Atlantic, the Serra da Arrábida shelters small sandy bays where the sea has many colours.

At Arrábida, the point where the mountains meet the sea has given rise to a string of small, welcoming beaches. The sea here is green and blue, and in spite of the vast expanse of ocean that you’ll find in front of you, it has almost no waves at all.

Portinho da Arrábida is one of the most beautiful of these beaches, a bay with extremely white sand, framed by the green of the mountains. This is just one of the beaches of the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, where many rare and very ancient plant species are to be found amidst the splendour of the vegetation.

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Walking in Buçaco

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Walking in Buçaco

Buçaco Forest is a magical place – a 16th century monastic retreat isolated from the rest of the world.

The Serra do Buçaco mountain range is a botanical garden, containing around 700 native and exotic species of plants. It is protected by a 17th century papal decree that threatens to ex-communicate anyone who damages it. Of note among the many species are the Caucasus spruce, the Buçaco cedar and the Californian redwood (a huge tree that can reach up to 100 metres in height).

In the 16th century, the Vicar-General of the Barefoot Carmelites decided that this location would be the ideal place to build a monastery where the monks could dedicate themselves to a contemplative life in contact with nature. Thus, a modest convent was built as well as a number of penitential hermitages and chapels scattered throughout the forest, which, together with the numerous lakes and crosses, lend this place a magical quality.

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