Portugal

Portugal’s fairly isolated location in the far corner of the continent makes it Europe’s least visited and most underrated tourist destination. Fewer crowds make for a relaxed, authentic experience. Pack your itinerary with visits to hilltop Medieval castles, azulejo-studded palaces, cobblestone villages and architecturally-stunning cities. Don’t let its small size deceive you, Portugal abounds with fascinating culture, historically significant monuments, and breathtaking natural beauty. A single day can be spent hiking in lush green mountains, mingling with the friendly locals, or wandering through scenic vineyards sipping on copious amounts Portugal’s famous velvety port wine. Throw in plenty of fresh seafood, a coastline strewn with remote sandy beaches and an affordable price tag, and it makes for an ideal choice of holiday destination.

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Holidays to Lisbon - Portugal

Lisbon

Draped across a string of seven hills on the western Iberian Peninsula lies the gritty, picturesque city of Lisbon, the westernmost and oldest city in western Europe. Its long and tumultuous history has resulted in an aesthetic characterised by a haphazard, and at times overwhelming, combination of old and new. Happily however, the aesthetic chaos of Lisbon, while potentially jarring, only adds to its appeal and its undeniable charm.

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Sintra

Sintra was described by the English poet Robert Southey as “the most blessed spot on the whole inhabitable globe”. The combination of its 19th Century Romantic architecture and beautiful landscapes have made Sintra into a very popular tourist attraction visit able on day trips from Lisbon. Attractions include royal retreats, estates and castles dating back centuries, the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park. Sintra was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

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Porto

Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and is home to a wealth of historic sights. Built on the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River its name dates back to Roman times when it served as a major port. It has also given its name to one of Portugal’s most famous exports, port wine. Porto was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996 and its main tourist attractions are the Porto Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Church of Santa Clara.

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Guimaraes

Guimarães is Portugal’s first capital and birthplace of the nation’s first king and is referred to as the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality” or “the cradle city”. Medieval streets, well preserved monuments, the imposing 10th century medieval castle make this World Heritage Site an extremely popular tourist destination.

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