Attractions

  • Lourinhã Museum (Museu da Lourinhã)

    Address:
    R. João Luís de Moura 95, 2530-158 Lourinhã, Portugal .

    Museu da Lourinhã is a museum in the town of Lourinhã, west Portugal. It was founded in 1984 by GEAL - Grupo de Etnologia e Arqueologia da Lourinhã (Lourinhã's Group of Ethnology and Archeology). The president of the Direction Board is Lubélia Gonçalves.

    The museum has very complete exhibits of archaeology and ethnology, but the main focus of the museum is the palaeontology hall, which presents casts of famous dinosaurs, as well as fossils recovered from the Late Jurassic Lourinhã Formation. Among these is the famous theropod nest found at the beach of Paimogo, which contains eggs with embryos inside, probably belonging to Lourinhanosaurus. Many of the fossils that belong to the Museu da Lourinhã are on display at Dinoparque Lourinhã, such as the sauropod Zby atlanticus,[1] Lourinhanosaurus antunesi, and Torvosaurus gurneyi.

    The paleontological research has been conducted by the paleontologists Miguel Telles Antunes, Octávio Mateus and others, in association with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

    The museum receives about 25.000 visitors every year. The museum allows people to volunteer for its activities.

    museulourinha.org

  • Bacalhôa Buddha Eden

    Address:
    Bacalhôa Buddha Eden, Portugal .

    The largest oriental garden in Europe — Asian peace garden with sculptures, lakes, pagodas, giant Buddha & terracotta soldiers.

    The oriental garden with around 35 hectares of land was created as a reaction to the destruction of the Buddhas of Banyan, in which one of the greatest acts of cultural barbarity took place, erasing masterpieces of late-period Gandhara art.

    From Buddhas, pagodas, terracotta statues and the various carefully-placed sculptures which can be found throughout the gardens, it is estimated that some six thousand tons of marble and granite were used to create this monumental work of art.

    The central staircase is the focal point of the garden, where the golden Buddhas offer you a calm welcome.

    At the central lake, KOI (Japanese carp) fish can be seen, and sculpted dragons rise out of the water. There is also the opportunity to see the six hundred hand-painted terracotta soldiers, each of them unique copies of those which were buried some 2,200 years ago.

    The Modern and Contemporary Sculpture Garden provides a space in nature to appreciate modern art within a tranquil set¬ting. Nestled within the plants and trees are monumental works selected from the Berardo Collection by various renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Fernando Botero, Tony Cragg, Lynn Chadwick, Allen Jones and many others. This open-air gallery has works being introduced and replaced on a regular basis giving the visitor something new and interesting to see.

    The African Sculpture Garden is dedicated to the Shona people of Zimbabwe who have been hand-sculpting stone into works of art for nearly a thousand years. The Shona believe in ancestral spirits known as "Vadzimu". In their sculptures they demonstrate the unity be¬tween these two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. These incredible stone carvers hold firm to the belief that every stone has a life spirit and it is that ‘life spirit' that influences what sculp¬ture that stone will become. It is the artist's job to "release the spirit from the stone". There are over 200 sculptures on display surrounded by the shade of a 1000 palms.

    bacalhoa.pt

  • Dino Parque | Lourinhã

    Address:
    Dino Parque Lourinhã, Rua Vale dos Dinossauros, Lourinhã, Portugal .

    Discover the Dino Parque. This themed park in Portugal about Dinosaurs is located in Lourinhã and awaits your visit. Walk between Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops and discover more about the dinosaurs in this Jurassic Park of Lourinhã. Schedule your visit to the newly opened dinosaur park in Lourinhã.

    dinoparque.pt

  • Berlenga Island

    Address:
    Berlengas Natural Reserve, Portugal .

    One of the most beautiful attractions in Peniche is 5.7 miles from the coast. Considered an UNESCO Biosphere Nature Reserve since 2011, the Berlenga island,  is known for its beautiful landscapes, its fauna and flora!

    berlengas.org