Continent Portugal


Why Travel Portugal?


Portugal is a southern European country located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Its ocean-side location influences many aspects of its culture like salt cod and grilled sardines being its national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are also a major tourist destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s-1800s.


Head to the Alfama district for a maze-like district of steep staircases, hidden churches and traditional taverns with an old tram that still rattles through the streets. Next, visit Braga, which is Portugal's spiritual heart and is a lively little city with an exquisite assortment of baroque churches, a sprawling cathedral and Roman ruins.


For some breathtaking views and spectacularly rugged and windswept beaches, visit the cliff top heights of Cabo de São Vicente outside of Sagres, which makes for Europe's southwestern-most point.


Also include in your trip a visit to Côa Valley Archaeological Park—home to a magnificent collection of rock carvings from the Upper Palaeolithic period and a UNESCO World Heritage site; Coimbra—a charming town is home to Portugal's oldest and most venerated university, full of Portuguese culture; Douro Valley for its splendid vineyards and picturesque river (a UNESCO World Heritage site); Estoril racetrack to check out the world-famous Estoril racetrack; Évora—a virtual museum of a town that reached its golden age in the 15th century; Knights Templar castle; Ribeira (a UNESCO World Heritage site); and Sintra (a UNESCO World Heritage site).


If you are looking for some adventure, go for scuba-diving, surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing at one of the watersports centres dotted along the coast. In order to satisfy the shopper in you, pick up Arraiolos carpets, dazzling jewels and Madeira embroideries at the thriving lace industry in Vila do Conde outside Porto, with Coimbra playing host to delightful blue and white pottery.


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