Lisbon Area

Discover the rustic villages around Lisbon

Lisbon has a picturesque landscape and strong cultural heritage, the Moorish, Jewish, and medieval castles makes you travel back on time. Pop star Madonna last year became the most famous of a growing number of foreign residents in Portugal

Lisbon is responsible for receiving near half of the whole country tourists. The small capital city of  around half a million inhabitants, welcomed around 5.6 million tourists in 2016 alone. Lisbon is the main responsible for the country to one of the top 3 hottest travel destinations worldwide for 2018, according to the Lonely Plant travel book publishers.

Despite numerous implicit and explicit advantages that tourism brought to Portugal there are also a high negative social impact. Local populations in Lisbon and Oporto’s city centres are forced to live the city due to the increasing rent costs. This a well-known phenomenon (gentrification) that also occurred in other European capitals such as Barcelona, Amsterdam and Vienna.

In summary Lisbon lores too many tourists making in unpleasant for locals and tourist to fully grasp the city's potential.

We would like to give a short summary of the most stunning villages in the Lisbon area.

Located in Sintra, this typical hilly village is a mandatory passage. The houses are well decorated  with  vivid colors, there is a fountain and the cruise, located right in the center of the village, such as the secular chapels

Aldeia da Mata Pequena
A dozen houses make up this small rural village, made of whitewashed walls and stone paved floors. Aldeia da Mata Pequena is a paradise that invites to rest and contact with nature at the gates of Lisbon. It is a treasure of the traditional architecture of the saloia region, in the middle of the Special Protection Zone of Penedo do Lexim, which the restoration works made a point of preserving.

Typical village José Franco
José Franco Village-Museum, Typical Village of José Franco, Typical Village of Cork Oak or simply Village Saloia. Any of these designations point the compass to the small town of Sobreiro, between Ericeira and Mafra, where is one of the most recognized museums of the country. The story of the small village dates back to the birth of the potter José Franco in 1920. His father was a cobbler and his mother was a vending machine selling pottery from door to door, as well as many fairs and markets. Since the Cork Oak was an important potter's center, José Franco lived with the craft early on and, as a child, when he left primary school, he learned the trade with two local master potters before working on his own at the age of 17 . At that time, he rehabilitated the pottery that had belonged to his grandfather, long since disabled.

Azenhas do Mar
A masterpiece of popular architecture, this village extends on terraces from the top, like a crib. The picturesque setting of the house occupies a small bay where an ocean pool was built. It was the vacation of King D. Carlos, his wife D. Amelia and his mother, D. Maria Pia. In 1927 the Primary School was built, which served as a model for the buildings of the primary schools of Estado Novo, designed by the architect Raul Martins. From the building stands the tile panel, with moments illustrative of the History of Portugal.



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