A rich and varied tourist destination, Portugal has a total of seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites, sixteen cultural and one natural, with many more under consideration.
Chief among them is the historic centre of Porto (indicated on the map below), enveloped by a well-preserved 14th-century Romanesque wall.
In 1999, the Laurisilva Forest of Madeira became Portugal’s first natural World Heritage site, being the world’s largest surviving area of laurel forest with a unique suite of plants and animals, including many endemic species such as the Madeiran long-toed pigeon.
More recent additions to the list include the Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications in the Alentejo region, the University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Mafra Palace and Convent close to Lisbon.
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