Nature Notes

April 6, 2015

The Algarve, Portugal

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The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is the name of the southern most region of Portugal. It borders on the Mediterranean and has some amazing beaches. It is one of the main tourist destinations in Portugal and in high season, the population of the area can double.

The area has been occupied and controlled by many peoples including the Phoenician, Cathaginians, Romans, and for may centuries, the Moors.

The area was heavily damaged by the 1755 Lisbon Earthquack which caused a tsunami to hit the coastal towns.

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February 17, 2014

January 10, 2012

Cabo da roca, Portugal

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Cabo da roca, Portugal

Cabo da roca, Portugal

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of both Portugal and Europe. It is a wild scenic spot with a picturesque lighthouse which was completed in 1772. It is about an hours drive from Lisbon.


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July 14, 2010

Night in Lisbon

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Night in Lisbon

Night in Lisbon

The Castle of St. George dominates the skyline of Lisbon, Portugal. The original fortress on this hilltop goes back to Roman times. The Moors became dominate here in the 8th century and built much of the structure. It was abandoned after the Great Earthquake of 1755 but was restored in the 1940s and presently serves as museum complex and tourist attraction.

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December 14, 2009

Footprints along the Algarve

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Footprints along the Algarve

Footprints along the Algarve

At the Mediterranean in Portugal, lies the Algarve, one of the prime sun destinations in Europe. The cool waters bring relief from the fierce heat.

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September 9, 2009

Cabo St. Vincent, Portugal

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Cabo St. Vincent, Portugal

Cabo St. Vincent, Portugal

Cape St. Vincent is the southwestern most point of Portugal. The Lighthouse that is there was built on the ruins of a 16th century Franciscan monastery. Henry the Navigator had a villa nearby. All of the buildings in the area were destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

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September 5, 2009

Silves, Portugal

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Silves, Portugal

Silves, Portugal

Silves, located in the Algarve region of Portugal, has been an important center of the region throughout its history. It was especially so when it was under the control of the Moors in the Eleventh century, when it was considered the most important city in the Iberian peninsula.

In 1755 much of thew city was destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake although much of the 1000 year old castle remains to dominate over the city. There is a medieval bridge which is said to have a Roman foundation. The image of it below was used for a program shown on Discovery.

Medieval Bridge

Medieval Bridge

Of interest is the Cruz de Portugal, or Stone Cross of Portugal, which is a beautifully carved limestone cross with a Pieta scene on one side and Christ on the other. It is said to date from the 15th century although its origins are a mystery.

Cruz de Portugal

Cruz de Portugal

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September 4, 2009

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, the Capital of Portugal, is a magnificent city, very beautiful with its red roofs and golden brick. It is a very old city going back over 3000 years.

Overlooking the city is the Castle of St. George (photo below) which dates from the second century and has served as residence for the Portuguese Royal Family.

Castle of Saint George

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

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