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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Portugal’s Heartland

Airs Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Rick Steves on the beach in Salema, Portugal.

Credit: Rick Steves

Above: Rick Steves on the beach in Salema, Portugal.

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This time we return for a quick look at Lisbon before heading north for small town Portuguese adventures. We'll remember Lisbon's glory days; eat barnacles with a fisherwoman; learn the story of Portugal's "Romeo and Juliet;" dance on the beach; march with pilgrims on the anniversary of a miracle; sample student life at the Oxford of Portugal and rummage through the riches of Portugal's Golden Age.

Portugal shares the Iberian Peninsula with its neighbor, Spain. From Lisbon, Rick travels north to Nazaré, Alcobaca, Fatima and Coimbra. Get more travel details about Rick's trip.

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Rick Steves In Nazaré, Portugal

In Nazaré, locals renting spare rooms clamor for business. From quartos to barnacles, Rick discovers what makes this Portuguese fishing town so alluring and a definite Back Door destination. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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