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Steps lead to the Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal. Pena Palace is in the distance. (May 2013)

Portugal

Portugal, or the Portuguese Republic, is on the Iberian Peninsula and offers miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.

Long a playground of royalty near the Portuguese
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Long a playground of royalty near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, Sintra is home to a number of spectacular buildings including Pena Palace. (May 2013)

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal, features a colorful
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Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal, features a colorful facade. (May 2013)

The Monserrate Palace in Sintra is one of
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The Monserrate Palace in Sintra is one of a number of castles and other spectacular buildings found in the Portuguese city.

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The garden at Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal.
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The garden at Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal. (May 201)

The Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal, features tiled
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The Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal, features tiled walls and arched doorways. (May 2013)

Steps lead to the Moorish Castle in Sintra,
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Steps lead to the Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal. Pena Palace is in the distance. (May 2013)

A simple cross marks the entrance to the
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A simple cross marks the entrance to the Capuchos Convent, a monastery in Sintra, Portugal.

A cruise ship docks in Funchal on the
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A cruise ship docks in Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Madeira, a year-round resort, is a Portuguese archipelago located about 400 miles off the coast of north Africa. (Sept. 13, 2011)

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A replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa
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A replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa Maria makes its way past the Portuguese island of Madeira. (Sept. 12, 2011)

Canopied vineyards of Tinta Negra Mole and Verdelho
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Canopied vineyards of Tinta Negra Mole and Verdelho grapes are shown near Sao Vicente on the Portuguese island of Madeira. (Sept. 14, 2011)

A tram rides past a 12th century cathedral,
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A tram rides past a 12th century cathedral, Lisbon, Portugal's oldest church. (April 9, 2011)

An outdoor cafe overlooks Lisbon's Alfama old quarter
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An outdoor cafe overlooks Lisbon's Alfama old quarter along the Tagus river in Portugal. (April 9, 2011)

The Padrao dos Descobrimentos, or Monument to the
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The Padrao dos Descobrimentos, or Monument to the Discoveries, on the bank of the Tagus river in Lisbon, Portugal. The monument was built to celebrate the Portuguese people who took part in the 15th and 16th centuries' Age of Exploration. (April 10, 2011)

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