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DVOW Finalist: Porto and Algarve

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Life from Above

Yoan Guerreiro

Contributor and pilot Yoan-Guerreiro created this stunning drone video, which shows us the power of the DJI Mavic Air drone as well as the magnificent beauty of the Southern European country of Portugal.  The video features beautiful aerial footage of the northern city of Porto (Portugal's second largest city, after the capital city Lisbon) and the Algarve (the region which covers the southernmost part of the country).  This video was selected as a Finalist for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week contest in July of 2018.  

Portugal 2019 Reel

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Carlos Pinota

Check out this stunning drone reel from Portugal, compliments of new contributor Carlos Pinota.  The video opens with some nice shots of Lisbon and its two largest bridges - the red 25 de Abril Bridge and the newer (and longer) Vasco de Gama Bridge.  Then the action shifts to the great northern city of Porto, where you'll take in aerial views of the Douro River, the Dom Luís I Bridge, and the Clérigos Tower.  Other highlights include shots of Portugal's interior, more footage from Lisbon, and some great action shots.  

Aerial Traveler: Portugal

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Aerial Traveler - Portugal

Aerial Traveler

Aerial Traveler is the newest of AirVūz Originals programming.  Each episode has hosts Allie and Rusty featuring a jaw-dropping travel destination via the incredible drone videos uploaded to AirVuz.  A finely curated collection packages these videos into a virtual travel itinerary, inviting us all to experience the aerial views from the best seat you’ll never need to reserve - right where you are now. This month, Aerial Traveler heads to Portugal, watch the episode now to see it all for yourself!

DVOW Winning Video of Portugal

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Amazing Portugal 4K drone footage | DJI MAVIC AIR

Hubert Jim Zielinski

Contributor and drone pilot Hubert Zielenski created this unforgettable aerial tour of Portugal.  Situated in the southwestern corner of Europe, Portugal was once known as the Edge of the World, and then went on to launch the great Age of Exploration.  His video includes stunning bird's eye footage of Sintra, the capital city of Lisbon, the northern city of Porto, and the southern region of Algarve.  Shot with a DJI Mavic Air drone, this video was a winner of the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest in June, 2018. 

DVOW Finalist from Lisbon

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24h in Lisbon - (A Travel Video)


Contributor francescoview met up with two friends in the great city of Lisbon, and in the course of 24 hours they were able to capture the essence of the Portuguese capital. Produced using a well-edited combination of drone and ground camera footage, the video's highlights include great shots of the Marquis of Pombal Square (and roundabout), the 25 de Abril Bridge across the Tagus River, the Praça do Comércio public square, Belém Tower, and more. This video was a DVOW finalist in October, 2019.

Portugal DVOW Finalist

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Portugal: Real Life Game of Thrones 4K


Most fans know that Game of Thrones was shot largely in Spain, Croatia, Malta, Northern Ireland, and Iceland. However, top contributor and drone pilot Escapeaway has their own take on the show with this piece shot in Portugal. You can see where they got the idea, with the plethora of historic castles, ancient ruins, narrow alleys, rolling hills, rocky seasides, and horses running wild. For a full, detailed list of the locations click "show more" in this Drone Video of the Week Nominee's description!

Porto: Portugal's Second City

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Contributor TravelPenguin created this awesome 4k drone video of the great Portuguese city of Porto. Porto is the country's second city (after Lisbon) and is the center of the main urban concentration of the northern part of the country. It sits on the estuary of the Douro River, a few km/mi inland from its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean.  The video features footage of the Porto historical city center (which is a UNESCO World Heritage site), the famous Dom Luís I Bridge over the Douro River, and more. This video was a DVOW finalist in August, 2019.

DVOW Finalist in Azores, Portugal

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AZORES (Portugal) 🇵🇹

Eneko Garcia-Amezaga

The Azores is an archipelago of over 150 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, grouped into an Eastern, Central, and Western sub-region. A territory and region of Portugal, there are nine main islands in the group, which have a combined population of just under a quarter million. In this drone video by Eneko Garcia-Amezaga, you'll get aerial views of four of the five larges Azores by population São Miguel, São Jorge, Pico and Faial. This video was a DVOW finalist in September, 2019.

DVOM Winning Video of Madeira

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This film captures the essence of a trip to Madeira, a group of islands off the coast of North Africa which are a semi-autonomous region of Portugal.  As you'll see from the video, Rocky cliffs, towering mountains, and shining coasts make this a great bucket list destination for any avid traveler.  Contributor used a combination of ground camera and drone footage to create this epic record of his trip, which was a Finalist for both the Drone Video of the Week and the Drone Video of the Month in August, 2018.   

Reel from Algarve

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Aerial & Timelapse - Spring Reel 2018


For an aerial overview of Algarve, the province covering the southernmost part of Portugal, it's hard to beat this reel by contributor and drone pilot eMotionScapes.  The video features epic bird's eye views of many areas of the Algarve coastline, some of which faces west to the open Atlantic and some of which faces south to the body of water known as the Bay of Cadiz.  Much of the footage was shot at sunset, and there's an amazing shot of a windmill farm operating somewhere in the region, also shot at sunset. 

Sintra: Pena Palace

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Sintra Magic Land

Francisco Rodrigues

Portugal's Romanesque Revival style Pena Palace is considered one of the greatest of the European castles.  It's located at the top of Sintra Mountain overlooking the town of the same name, near the Portuguese capital city Lisbon.  Completed in 1854, it is regarded as one of the country's greatest national treasures.  Contributor Francisco Rodriguez, one of the top drone pilots in Portugal, created this amazing aerial view of this hilltop place of almost surreal beauty as it glimmers in the mist.  

Algarve: Heaven in South Portugal

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Algarve : A new perspective

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The magnificent natural beauty of Portugal's Algarve region are on full display here in this amazing video by contributor and drone pilot Breo.  The region at the southern tip of Portugal has emerged as one of Europe's top beach destinations, and when you watch this you'll see why.  Its pink cliffs, the deep blue waters of the Bay of Cadiz, and the complex shape of the coastline, and the charm of its seaside towns combine to create an irresistible appeal.  The video was shot with a DJI Mavic Pro in full 4K.  

Lisbon: Portugal's Capital City

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Lisbon Portugal in Cinematic High Definition


In this video, top contributor Justin Poore used a drone to give us an unforgettable look at the amazing city of Lisbon, Portugal.  The video captures many of the top sights in the Portuguese capital, including an epic shot of its iconic 25 de Abril Bridge at around the 1:40 mark.  The red-colored bridge spanning the Tagus River between Lisbon and Almada has been a filming location for numerous movies, notably the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the seventh movie in the series.

Cabo de Roca: Portugal's Western Tip

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Trip to Cabo da Roca 4K UltraHD


Cabo de Roca in southwestern Portugal enjoys the distinction of being the westernmost location in mainland Europe.  It is part of the Sintra district, which lies to the north and west of the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.  The landscape of Cabo de Roca is one of white sand beaches and spectacular cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Contributor and pilot Flying Visions flew a drone over this amazing spot, giving us a beautiful aerial view of what was once the western edge of Europe's known world. 

Cascais: Portugal's Famous Beach

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Cascais Beach, Portugal from the Sky


Cascais is a town lying on the Portuguese Atlantic coast immediately to the west of Portugal's capital city Lisbon, near the middle of the country's Atlantic coastline.  Part of the area known as the Portuguese Riviera, Cascais is the most popular beach area in Portugal and one of the finest on the European continent.  Contributor Deardrone used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to fly over this spectacular resort area, and the aerial views of the colorful umbrellas, happy beach goers, and refreshing waters is not to be missed!

The Azores by Drone

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Journey through Azores


There is something about this drone video by top contributor and pilot Nonexistent Jay of Portugal's Azores archipelago that is just amazing.  The deep blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic craters, the narrow winding roads, the fog-enshrouded hilltops, the lush green valleys - it just works.  The nine volcanic islands are vestiges of the once-mighty Portuguese Empire; now they operate as a semi-automous region, similar to Madeira, which is an island located closer to the Portuguese mainland.  

Aerial Tour of Algarve

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Amazing Algarve (Portugal)

Laurent Paris

This drone video by Laurent Paris will show you why the Algarve region of Portugal has become one of the hottest destinations in southern Europe.  Algarve is the southernmost of the country's five official mainland regions, and also it's least populous.  As tourists have discovered the incredible beauty of the region's coastline, it's become one of the most popular destinations in the country, rivaling the Lisbon region (until recently the dominant region for tourism) by some measures.  

Alentejo: Alqueva

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The Great Lake of Alqueva & Castles #DJI #Phantom 4


The landscape of the area around Alqueva in the Alentejo region of southeastern Portugal has been transformed by a massive hydro-engineering project called Alqueva Dam.  The dam provides electricity for the region and also helps to preserve (sometimes precious) water supplies for agriculture.  The reservoir created by the dam is essentially a giant artificial lake.  Contributor and pilot Flybyzion gives us a drone's eye view of the area, where centuries-old castles now sit on or near this massive body of water.

Centro Region: 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.  The great structure 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.  

The Mountains of Portugal

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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.).  The bulk of the range is sitauted in the in the northern part of the country's Centro (Central) region, although the mountains stretches northward into the  country's Norte region as well.       

Alcobaca; Portugal's Central Coast

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The Seagulls and the Sea


For cinematic drone footage of birds flying along a beautiful coastline, this video by contributor and drone pilot Skylight can't be beat.  He 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.

Northern Portugal's Douro River

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The Douro River, Porto

Francisco Rodrigues

Contributor and drone pilot Francisco Rodriguez created this beautiful aerial video of the great Portuguese city of Porto.  Once a Roman outpost, this city on the Douro River is steeped in history: it was the shipbuilders of Porto who helped launch Europe on its great Age of Exploration.  Famously, Porto Harbor was the launching point for Prince Henry the Navigator's exploratory trip to Africa in 1415, a voyage which was at least as consequential as that of Chrisopher Columbus later in the century.  

Praia Grande: Portugal's Surfing Heaven

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Surfing in Praia Grande with a beautiful Sunset

Francisco Rodrigues

Contributor Francisco Rodriguez created this amazing drone video of the surfing scene at Praia Grande Beach, one of Portugal's most famous beaches.  It's located in the Sintra province of the Greater Lisbon region, just a bit west-northwest of the capital city.  It's part of the area sometimes known as the Portuguese Riviera, a stretch of Atlantic coastline that includes other famed beaches such as Cabo de Roca and Cascais, which are more popular with swimmers (as opposed to surfers) and lie to its south.  

Setúbal: Portugal's Fishing Capital

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Mavic Pro a Noitecer Em Alcochete 4K Ultra HD

Jorge Novo Murias

Setúbal is a medium sized port city on the estuary of the Sado River, in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal.  Situated a bit to the south of the city of Lisbon, its calm waters stand in stark contrast to the much rougher Atlantic waters of the cities along the country's Atlantic coast.  The city was once the center of Portugal's fishing industry, one of the largest in the world at one point.  Jorge Novo Murias used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create a bird's eye view of the waterfront of Setúbal at sunset.  

Portugal's Mid-Atlantic Coastline

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Portugal's West Coast by Drone


Contributor and pilot Petrolftavares created this stunning drone video of an area along the middle of Portugal's long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.  The video covers the region between the towns of 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 well-known monastery which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palmeira's Lighthouse of the North

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Lighthouse Leça da Palmeira with Mavic Air


The Atlantic coastline of Portugal's Norte region is dominated by Porto and cities which have become part of its metropolitan area.  One of these cities is Leça da Palmeira, a city which is situated just a short ways up the coast from Porto.  It has a long history as an important port city and more recently as an oil refining center.  Contributor Hpascoal created this beautiful drone video of the lighthouse of Leça da Palmeira, with other parts of the coastal city visible in the background.

Aerial Tour of Sintra

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Feel Sintra


Eminorcks created this epic drone video of Sintra, a culturally important Portuguese town in the Greater Lisbon area, just northwest of the capital city.  An ancient city that has long been one of the most important in Portugal, Sintra was "discovered" again beginning in the late 18th century, when many new structures were built in the Romanticist style.  It continues to be one of the biggest tourist destinations in Portugal, and its travel indistry helps to propel the entire Greater Lisbon region of Portugal.  

DVOW Nominee from the Azores

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Azores Singularity


The Azores.  Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1.4k km (around 850 mi.) from mainland Portugal, this Portuguese archipelago is made up of nine volcanic islands. In this Drone Video of the Week Finalist video, pilot AeroGrafica takes us up above islands' clouds, over the abundant waterfalls, around the steep, jutting cliffs which drop vertically to the ocean.  The video does a great job incorporating some epic selfie type shots which show off the beauty of this natural wonder.  

Madeira by Drone

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Madeira (Volcanic Island) in 4K UHD

XL Creations

Madeira is a group of Portuguese islands located southwest of the mainland in the Atlantic Ocean.  The tip of a giant volcano rising from the ocean floor, it's a popular resort area and is considered to be one of the leading European island destinations, with over a million tourist arrivals per year.  Contributor XL Creations took a four day trip to Madeira with a drone and made this amazing video, which includes aerial footage from Achada do Teixeira, Funchal, Ilheus da Rib, Porto da Cruz, Ribeiro Frio, Seixal, and more.  

Pena Palace: Portuguese Cultural Treasure

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The Palace of Pena


Contributor guydrory created this magnificent aerial view of Pena Palace, one of the great cultural treasures of Portugal and widely considered one of the world's top 4-5 castles.  It's located in the hills of the Sintra province, northwest of Lisbon.  Completed on the site of a ruined medieval monastery in 1854, it was built as a summer residence for the Portuguese Royal Family.  Its design represents one of the more prominent architectural expressions of 19th century Romanticist thought.  

Drone Showreel of Portugal

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Here is an awesome aerial reel from Portugal by top contributor flyingbydaniel.  The footage was shot with three different DJI drone models: the Mavic Air, Mavic Pro 2, and Phantom 4 Pro.  Highlights include footage of the great capital city of Lisbon, the northern city of Porto (Portugal's second largest urban area), as well as the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Africa.  Get a tour of this magnificent country compliments of a very talented aerial videographer! 

Aerial Tour of Portugal

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Portugal: Aerial Highlights


Escapeaway created this amazing drone video to record some of the highlights of a trip to Portugal.  It includes some of the most iconic sites in this beautiful and ancient land.  The film features footage of one of Portugal's large wind farms, the terraces of the Douro River in the Norte region, and the delightful province of Sintra.  Most of the rest of the footage was filmed around the great capital city of Lisbon.  At 1:40, you'll get an epic shot of  Praça do Comércio, the city's main square on the Tagus.

Aerial Tour of Portugal

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Portugal: On the Edge of the World

Eaglewood Pictures

Eaglewood Films took to the skies along the coast of Portugal to capture its rugged and picturesque landscape in 4K. Once believed to be located on the very edge of the inhabited world, Portugal was one of the first areas of Europe to launch long distance ships, which it then used its to amass one of the world's greatest empires in the 15th and 16th centuries.  This aerial video of the coastline in the Alentejo and Algarve regions will show you why this country has become such a popular destination for tourists and drone pilots alike.