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Afonso Henriques chose Coimbra as his capital city in 1139, and although the honor was short-lived, the city has retained its fame as the home of Portugal’s oldest university. Located 200km north of Lisbon, it is rich in history, architecture and Roman remains. As the birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings it is a fabulous place to visit and explore.
Portugal’s Costa de Prata, which translates as the Silver Coast, stretches from Lisbon northwards to the Figueira da Foz and gets its name from the year-round sunshine glinting like silver on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Those wanting to experience Portugal’s pretty villages and authentic lifestyle within easy reach of the superb beaches will find the Costa de Prata fits the bill perfectly. It is an area of stunning natural scenery and although it has some of the best beaches in Portugal, many places are generally quiet and uncrowded.
Rising dramatically from the Alentejo Plain, the city of Evora lies approximately 130km inland, due east of Lisbon. The surrounding area is one of vast rolling plains of olive trees, cork oaks fields of wheat and whitewashed cottages.
Faro is the capital and hub of the Algarve, the sunny southern region of mainland Portugal, influenced by the Mediterranean! Faro is encompassed around an oceanic community and offers a mix of historic, and modern points of interest as well as interesting nature at its boundaries.
Figueira da Foz, or Figueira as it is shortened to, is 40km west of Coimbra on the Silver Coast of central Portugal. The name loosely translated means “fig tree at the mouth of the river” and may refer to a tree where the first boats tied up. Modern-day Figueira is a sizeable coastal city with plenty of attractions and things to do