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Castle of Óbidos

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Portugal - Castelo de Óbidos


Contributor rexfarucao created this stunning drone video of the Castelo de Óbidos, one of the most famous castles in Portugal.  The castle is situated on a hilltop in Leira, one of the provinces which makes up the country's Centro region.  The medieval castle was built on the site of an old Roman fortification.  It played a role in the various struggles by which the modern nation-state of Portugal emerged in the 15th century, and was later damaged in the great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake.

Portugal's Highest Mountains

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Sentir a Estrela | "Close to Heaven down to Earth"


Contributor Tonycorreia created this award winning drone video of the mountains of northern Portugal.  The Serra da Estrela mountain range runs across much of northeastern Portugal.  It's part of a larger system which runs into northern Spain.  The highest elevation point of the range is around 2.0k meters (about 6.5k ft.).  It lies in the northern part of the country's Centro (Central) region, although the range stretches northward into the Porto/Norte region as well.       

Cabo: Mondego: Portuguese Mid-Coast

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Cabo Mondego

Contributor created this stunning drone video of the area around Cabo Mondego on the Portuguese coast.  The nearest town is Figueira da Foz.  This area is part of the country's Centro region, and it's situated roughly halfway between Lisbon and Porto, the country's two largest cities.  The video captures the spectacular Atlantic coastline, as well as the amazing lighthouse, which helps to protect shipping in these often treacherous waters. 

Silver Coast: Nazaré

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Nazaré by Drone


Nazaré is one of the gems of Portugal's Centro region.  It's a port and beich town in the Leira district. The area around Nazaré is called the Silver Coast, and it's home to some of the finest surfing in Portugal.  Nazaré is known for some of the largest waves ever surfed: in early 2018, a Portuguese surfer caught a wave here thought to be as high as 35 meters (over 115 ft.), although that was unverified.  In this drone video, you can check out the famed town from a bird's eye perspective.

Centro Coast: Alcobaca

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The Seagulls and the Sea


For cinematic drone footage of birds flying along a beautiful coastline, this video can't be beat.  Skylight used a drone to capture a flock of seagulls on the coast of Portugal in the area of Alcobaca, which lies about midway down Portugal's Atlantic coastline in the Centro region of the country.  The video starts with an aerial shot of some spectacular rocks along the beach at sunset, and then picks up some stunning shots of the seagulls flying up the coast.

Portugal's Stunning Centro Coast

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Portugal's West Coast by Drone


Contributor Petrolftavares created this stunning drone video of an area along the middle of Portugal's Atlantic coastline.  The video covers the area between Batalha and São Pedro de Moel in the Leiria district, which is part of the country's Centro region.  The video includes footage of the stunning coastline, as well as cultural sites like the Mosteira da Batalha, a monastery which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Centro Coast: Berlengas Island

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Berlengas Island

Wonderful World

While most people associate the term "Portuguese Islands" with the Azores or Madeira, in this video contributor Wonderful World gives us an aerial view of an island much closer to the Portuguese mainland.  Berlengas Island is part of a group of small islands just a few km off the Portuguese Atlantic coast near Peniche.  This is part of the country's Centro region, roughly a quarter of the way between Lisbon and Porto if one is heading north.  

Viseu District: Penedono Castle

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Portugal's Penedono Castle


Psantos02 created this beautiful drone video of Penedono Castle in Portugal.  It's situated in a municipality of the same name in the Viseu district, in the northern part of the country's Centro region.  The castle dates to the period of medieval history known as the Reconquista, when the Christians re-conquered the Iberian Peninsula from its Moorish (Muslim) occupiers.  After falling into a ruinous state for centuries, the castle was restored beginning in the 1940's.

Dournes: On the River Zezere

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Video Project - Dornes #DJI #Phantom3Pro 4k


In this drone video, Flybyzion takes us to a spot very near the exact center of Portugal.  Dournes is a small town in Portugal's Centro region, which covers much of the middle part of the country.  Dournes is situated on the River Zezere, a tributary of the Targus River which flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon.  The video captures the natural beauty of the river as well as the architectural beauty of the town, which sits on an extremely narrow peninsula jutting into the river.  

Sabugal: Sorthela Castle

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Video Project - Sortelha Castle at Sunset #DJI #Phantom3Pro 4K


Contributor Flybyzion created this aerial view of an important castle in central Portugal.  The Castle of Sortelha lies in the municipality of Sabugal, a district in the eastern part of the Central region bordering Spain. The current structure dates to the 13th century.  It fell into disuse in the 16th century and was virtually abandoned.  During the 1940's, and continuing through the 20th century, the landmark was substantially restored.  It's one of about two dozen National Monuments in the Centro region.  

Almourol Castle: Templar Stronghold

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Portugal - Castelo de Almourol (Almourol Castle)


Portugal's Almouro Castle sits in a strategically important spot on the Tagus River, just downstream from its confluence with the Zêzere.  The castle was built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, an important Christian military order.  Almourol played a critical role during the Reconquista, the struggle between Moorish (Muslim) and Christian forces for control of the Iberian Peninsula.  One of the most important castles in the Centro region, you can see Almourol from above in this drone video by SJetMan.  

Valley in the Serra de Estrela Mountains

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Loriga Glacier Valley - Serra da Estrela - Portugal

Francisco Rodrigues

Check out this beautiful drone video from the heart of the Portuguese mountains, compliments of contributor Francisco Rodriguez.  The Serra de Estrela is Portugal's primary mountain range.  It's about 100 km (60 mi.) long and runs through the country's Centro and Norte regions.  The area shown here is the Loriga Valley.  It's in the southern part of the Guarda District, which is split between the Norte and Centro regions on the eastern side of the country.   

Nazaré Lighthouse

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Nazaré Lighthouse, Portugal (Pria De Norte, Estr. De Farol)


, Portugal is one of the best-known surfing towns in Europe.  It is blessed with its proximity to an underwater canyon which causes waves to break in a fashion "helpful" to surfing.  Nazaré is located in the Leira province, which covers much of the central part of the country's Atlantic coastline.  Nazare's lighthouse has become one of the best places from which to watch the surfing action here.  You can check out the landmark from a bird's eye perspective in this drone video by Precisefootage.

Belver Castle

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Video Project - Belver Castle #DJI #Phantom 4


Flybyzion created this excellent drone video of a well-known castle in central Portugal.  Belver Castle is situated in the Portalegre District, an inland district which forms part of the Centro region.  The castle was built in medieval times to defend access to the Tagus River, Portugal's most important waterways, at the mouth of which lies the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.  Belver was the most important castle associated with the Hospitaller military order. 

Castelo de Bode Dam

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Portugal - Barragem Castelo de Bode


Here's an amazing bird's eye view of a well known hydro-electric dam in Portugal, compliments of SJetMan. It's called the Castelo de Bode Dam, and it sits on the Zêzere River n the Santarém District in the Centro region of the country.  Completed in the early 1950's, the concrete arch-gravity dam stands 115 meters tall (about 375 ft.), making it one of the tallest structures in the country.  The Zêzere River is a tributary of the Tagus, Portugal's most important waterway. 

Kitesurfing in Foz do Arelho

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Kitesurfing in Foz do Arelho, Portugal


Foz do Arelho is a district of the city of Caldas da Rainha in Portugal's Centro region, roughly in the middle of Portugal's long Atlantic Ocean coastline.  Once a small fishing village, it's become known as one of the country's top spots for watersports.  Initially that meant surfing, then windsurfing.  In recent years, it's also become a popular spot for kiteboarding.  In this drone video by flyingbydaniel, you'll get a bird's eye view of the kiteboarding scene at Foz do Arelho.  

Óbidos Castle

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Castle of Óbidos, Portugal


Óbidos Castle is one of Portugal's most famous.  The castle is situated in a city of the same name in the Leira district in the country's Centro region.  It was built in the 12th century on the site of an old Roman fort, following the Reconquista of Portugal by Christian forces.  In 1951, the castle and grounds were designated as a national monument and restored with government funds.  You can see this famous castle from above in this drone video, compliments of Pedrodrone4k.  

Almourol and Linhares Castles

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Almourol and Linhares de Beira Castles


Flybyzion created this beautiful drone video of two of the most important castles in Portugal's Centro region.  Almourol is situated on a small island in the Tagus River in the Praia do Ribatejo, near the middle of the country.  The current structure was built on the site of an old Roman fort during the Reconquesta in the 12th century.  It fell into a ruined state before being completely restored in the mid-20th century.  The second castle, Linhares, is not as well known.  It lies to the northwest, in the Guarda District.


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