With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

Portugal has the oldest borders in Europe. Within these borders you will find an exceptional range of different landscapes. from the mountainous northwest, the vast plains of the central regions and rolling hills and flat countryside of the Algarve, one of Europe's premier resort areas that sits along the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the   world. Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. The country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and the glamorous beach holidays destination of the Algarve.

Monsaraz, Portugal

 

Architecture from Romantic to Gothic and Renaissance abound everywhere!  Many visitors are unsure of the destinations to visit during their vacations. Possibly you are interested in visiting beautiful monuments and enjoying remarkable views. If so, Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto are the top three places. Nearby these are many others, often not seen my visitors yet well worth a visit, are Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães, Coimbra, Tomar, Aveiro, Amarante, Bragança, Chaves, Lamego and Viseu, Vila Real. Towards the south are Lagos, Silves and  Évora.  In Portugal one can easily find very old romantic churches, some older than 900 years and still quite unchanged from that time.

 

The most popular beaches are in the Algarve, which has stunning coastlines and gobs of natural beauty. The water along the southern coast tends to be warmer and calmer than the water along the west coast, which is definitely Atlantic and doesn't benefit of the Gulf Stream. For surfing, or just playing in the surf there are great beaches all along the west coast, near Lisbon and Peniche. Don't forget also some of the almost deserted beaches along the Costa Vicentina, in Alentejo.

 

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Regions

Northern Portugal
A historic region that is considered the birthplace of the nation. Includes the second largest city, Porto.
North Central Portugal
South Central Portugal
The capital, Lisbon, Estremadura and the Upper Alentejo.
Southern Portugal
The beaches and sun of the Algarve and the laid-back pace of the Lower Alentejo.
Azores
Madeira

Cities & Select Destinations

Sources: wikitravel

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