An independent kingdom since 1143, Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Its geographic location along the Atlantic coast soon
determined its vocation to the sea: In 1415, the Portuguese set sail on an epic voyage and were the first to discover the ocean routes to India,
Brazil, China and Japan. At the same time they founded settlements on the east and west coasts of Africa. The natural advantages of a sunny
country with such diverse geographic features have turned Portugal into a chosen destination for the discerned travelers:
Welcome to Portugal !
Porto and North of Portugal: Unesco World Heritage.
The city lent its name to the famous wine and to Portugal.
Porto visit: the Stock Exchange Palace, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, the church of Cedofeita, the Clérigos tower, the church of São Francisco.
Museums: Soares dos Reis, Casa de Serralves (modern art), Casa-Museu de Guerra Junqueiro.
The Douro region:
The Douro river is the longest in northern Portugal. Dams have been built to make the river navigable. Vineyards, archeological past, medieval castles make this region very attractive to the discerned visitors
North East Region of Trás-os-Montes: Perfect for mountain trekking, canoeing or resting in one of the Spa towns.
The Coastal Region of Minho: Beautiful beaches, summer resorts and enchanting villages, such as Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira. Inland,
one must visit the huge national park area covering the mountains of Peneda, Soajo and Gerês.
The Central Region of Portugal – Beiras: Extensive beaches and fishing villages along the coast . In the interior, mountains and plateaus dominate the landscape: The Estrela Mountain Range is the highest in continental Portugal. Visit the Spa towns of Curia and Luso, known for their healing waters. Coimbra, Aveiro, Guarda or Castelo Branco are among the most famous picturesque villages protected by Unesco.
Lisbon: Lisboa, the capital of Portugal since 1255, conquered from the Moors in 1147, lies on the right bank of the Tagus river.
Lisbon visit: The fortress, picturesque houses, plenty opportunities for seeing popular celebrations, shopping, enjoying the nightlife along the
river bank or listening to the traditional Fado Songs. Along the Tagus riverbanks visit the towns of Abrantes, Constância, Vila Nova da Barquinha and Santarém.
The Atlantic coast, which stretches to the south, north and west of Lisbon, offers sweeping cliffs, beaches of white sand, backed by lagoons.
Cabo da Roca, is Europe’s westernmost point. Further inland, Alcobaça, Tomar and Batalha, with ancient monasteries of the various religious orders, are part of Unesco’s heritage.
Useful website: www.portugal.org
Alentejo: Remarkable traces of successive cultures, dolmens and cromlechs, Roman and Arab vestiges, medieval castles.
The northeast area: Beautiful villages and towns on the Rota dos Castelos, the Castle Route: Nisa, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portalegre and Alter do Chão.
The south: The vast plains become less inhabited and sunnier: Stop in Alvito or Beja (where one can stay in historic pousadas). The coastline to the west offers magnificent beaches.
Algarve: With gorgeous beaches, warm water and glorious sunshine year-round, Algarve is the dream holiday destination. Situated on the extreme South of Portugal, Algarve was the last to be conquered from the Moors in 1292.
Northern part of Algarve: The ranges of Espinhaço de Cão, Monchique and Caldeirão shelter the coast from strong winds. Brightly colored with its fig trees, orange groves and almond trees in blossom, Algarve is the most verdant and fertile region. On the south: Long stretch of sandy beaches, broken up by rugged red cliffs and fantastic grottoes.
Activities offered: Great water sports facilities in the various ports and harbours, tennis courts, famous golf courses, luxury hotels an exciting nightlife
Situated 621 miles southwest of Lisbon and 497 miles from the coast of Africa. An archipelago of volcanic origin, discovered in 1419 by Portuguese navigators, it consists of the island of Madeira (capital Funchal), the island of Porto Santo, and the uninhabited islands, the Desertas and the Selvagens which are Bird sanctuaries.
The beautiful flowers and tropical fruits, mild temperature of the ocean water and natural pools, a cultural heritage, luxurious hotels are but a few of the charms found here. “Madeira” is also a synonym for the renowned hearty wine, which has been spreading its name worldwide.
Situated 907 miles from the European coast and 2330 miles from North America. This legendary land consists of nine poeticallynamed islands and enjoys year-round mild temperatures: sapphire blue and emerald green lakes, volcanic cones and craters, colorful azaleas and majestic manor houses.