Discover this marvelous country
Portugal was the winner of the World Travel Awards in 2015, having been awarded sixteenof the "tourism Oscars". More proof that the Camões land is gradually asserting itself in the world tourism scene, and has much to offer those who choose to visit the Lusitanian Lands.
The tourist destination in Portugal is the capital, Lisbon. However, the rest of the country also offers ideal conditions for those who want to sightsee. From beautiful beaches, to beautiful natural parks and monuments full of history, Portugal is the destination you are looking for and that will make you wish to return.
Porto & North
In the north lies the nation's birthplace, where it all began, Guimaraes. But it is also there Porto is situated - the World Heritage city, with the famous waterfront, a unique architectural traces and where the cellars of the famous Port wine are.With so much to see and discover, it attracts more visitors and simultaneously grows with them, having to offer an increasing cultural and gastronomic level.
The Douro river crosses the entire northern region and embellishes all the ravines and mountains with which it intersects. The cruises that are made along this river is one of the symbols of the region, and possibly one of the most romantic things one can do in the country.
For lovers of nature it is a must to dicover Gerês, with its natural park of undeniable value. Breathtaking landscapes , with mountains of granite and crystal clear springs, Geres is a major tourist destination in Portugal for more than a century.
In the country's central area you can find typical holiday destinations like Nazareth, amazing monuments such as the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha or the Convento de Cristo in Tomar and the University of Coimbra. This region, like the rest of the country is full of ancient heritage, which proudly displays the history of the Portuguese people.
It is important to highlight the Schist Villages (Aldeias de Xisto) or the whitewashed houses of villages, as in Obidos -one of the villages that attracts visitors to Portugal, the beauty hidden between walls.Also Coimbra- the city of students, with one of the oldest universities in the world, or Aveiro - the Portuguese Venice, which is spread between the lagoon and the sea, have lots of charm and makes it worth a visit
Plains out of sight, dishes for tasting _ and horses grazing into the valley. This is the idyllic setting in the Alentejo region of Portugal where time seems to stop and give the way to enjoy life, the natural rhythm of events.
Typical villages, walls and castles of earlier times, cork trees framing the landscape. No wonder the Alentejo is so dear, not only for Portuguese and also for foreigners. Additionally this region still place cities like Évora - World Heritage Site, which is known for its wonderful monuments such as the roman Temple of Diana, the church of St. Francis and the famous Chapel of Bones.
The Algarve is the most popular for swimmers. In fact, no beaches in Portugal are similar to the south, calm and warm waters washing the golden sands. It is no coincidence that they are the most popular beaches in Europe.
In addition to the landscape charms, the Algarve is also distinguished by its cuisine. Fish and seafood are honored as the most outstanding in the region, with dishes such as stew fish, the cataplana clams (cataplana de amêijoas) and xarém de conquilha to stand out.Furthermore, confectionery of the Algarve is also much appreciated, using regional ingredients such as the fig, almond and carob.
Azores and Madeira
Speaking of the attractions of the country, we can not leave out Portugal Coastal Islands. The Azores archipelago is a true ode to nature with its landscapes that seem frames that mixes shades of green and blue. Whale watching, bathing in the warm thermal waters or enjoy the unique cuisine of the caves are some of the activities that the magnificent nine islands of the Azores has to offer.
The islands of Madeira and Porto Santo as an oasis in the middle of the Atlantic, a natural beauty retreat. Two-thirds of the Madeira archipelago is a protected area due to the richness of its territory, where the vegetation emerald tones is punctuated by exotic colored flowers. The good weather that is felt throughout the year in this archipelago calls for the outdoor activities practice such as water sports or hiking in its walking routes.