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7 Most Beautiful Castles in Portugal

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Portugal is home to countless castles and fortresses, which are dispersed across the country. Today, the ruins and original structures of these castles welcome travelers to explore the non-seaside areas of Portugal. These top seven castles are the most beautiful and prominent structures in the country.

Pena National Palace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pena_National_Palace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pena_National_Palace

Located atop of a hill in Sintra, Portugal, the Palácio Nacional da Pena is a 45-minute train ride outside of Lisbon. Pena is the mecca of Portuguese castles, which is now a UNESCO world-heritage site. Moorish, Gothic, and Manueline motifs and themes inspired the construct of this castle, which dates back to 1839. The hypnotic colors of red, yellow, and purple hues are a beautiful contrast to the clear blue skies. Pena is best explored at a leisurely pace, so you can gaze at the manicured gardens and original artifacts inside the castle.  Entrance fees include access inside the palace and the surrounding gardens.

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