Land of the famous Portuguese explorer 'Vasco Da Gama', travel to Portugal leaves tourists with indelible fascinating memories. Portugal with year-round sunshine, cozy beaches ideal for water sports, verdant picture-perfect scenery enthralls all ardent nature lovers. But, Portugal isn't a mere holiday destination.
The preserved architectonic treasures exhibited in Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classical styles are a treat for history lovers. And for the spiritually inclined, a visit to the Santiago de Compostela assures peace and happiness. With unlimited feast for the eyes and solace for the mind, the delicacy of Portugal cuisine dowsed in olive oil combined with charm of Portuguese people tempts the palate.
Portuguese port wine is world-famous. Peruse this article to find detailed information on what makes Portugal a must-visit travel destination. Make use of this travel guide to select a travel package to Portugal that suits your interests.
Portugal - Land of diversity
Situated in the Iberian Peninsula in Western Europe, Portugal is encircled by Spain to the east and north and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. Portugal has two archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores and Madeira Islands. Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe; its diversity is reflected in landscapes, its culture and heritage. With mountains, vast greenery, sub-tropical volcanic islands and historic cites Portugal is the land of infinite attractions for tourists, golfers, mountaineers, history lovers and the romantic minded from across the globe.
Portugal travel guide
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. You can select from a multitude of airline services or a night train from Madrid to reach this fascinating relaxed city. Set on seven low hills, the weather in Lisbon is at its best from late April to June or late September to October.
Since Lisbon enjoys proximity to the seacoast; this facilitates access to sandy beaches and fishing villages within a short drive from any point in the city. Make sure that your Portugal travel guide includes the following places and activities while in Lisbon.
Sao Miguel Island Access to Sao Miguel Island is pretty convenient with regular inter-island air service facility. Sao Miguel Island comprises two volcanic ranges and three crater lakes. Referred to as the green island, Sao Miguel Island is one of the largest islands with abundance pasture and forest covered peaks in Azores (one of the two archipelagos in Atlantic Ocean). It's best to hire a car to capture enchanting view of flower beds spread across the island. Mark the must-see places and activities part of Sao Miguel Island to be included in your travel package to Portugal.
Porto: Second largest city of Portugal, UNESCO has recognized Porto as a World Heritage Site. Porto is renowned for Wine of Porto.
Lagos: Lagos is Portugal's popular, busiest tourist destination. The Praça da República houses a building dating back to 1445 that was used as a slave market. The locals are involved in thriving fishing markets.
Madeira: Madeira is fondly referred to as the 'Pearl of the Atlantic'. But for the absence of flat land and sandy beaches, Madeira is a gorgeous island. It's advantageous to explore Madeira by Car or foot, the narrow roads challenging even the best of drivers.
Aveiro: Aveiro is situated in the center of Portugal. Include as part of your travel guide Portugal, the must-see places and activities of Aveiro.
Sagres: Referred to as Portugal's Venice, Sagres boasts of rugged seascapes, cliff scenery and historical connections. Make sure you visit the 400-year fort, the Nossa Senhora da Graca chapel, not to miss tasting variety of fresh seafoods.
Fatima: Fatima is famous for religious visions believed to have taken place in 1917. Highly revered by Roman Catholics, Fatima attracts believers from far and wide. A shrine has been built in this location where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to three children. Religious books can be purchased at any of these shops and stalls located in and around the area. Other important places include the 15th century castle and ancient church in Ourem.
Coimbra: Coimbra holds pride in having one the oldest university in Europe, dating back to 1290. It's worth visiting the large Baroque library, which is Portugese second biggest library. Make a trip to Conmbriga a few miles to the south of Coimbra to glimpse at Portugal's oldest roman architecture.
Evora: Evora's narrow streets evoke memory of the past. The plains of Evora are filled with olive groves and vineyards. One cannot miss noticing the influence of Roman architecture exhibited at Cathedral St. Maria and the Sacred Art Museum. Do visit the unique Capela dos Ossos, a chapel constructed using the bones and skulls of thousands of dead people. Evora is famous for its red wines, almond pudding, pork dishes and a variety of desert specialties.