– PORTUGAL TRAVEL GUIDE –
National capital: Lisbon
Population: 10,677,000 people
Area: 92,391 square kilometers
Located in the western part of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a true land of sunny beaches and amazing cities that tempt millions of tourists with their attractions. Particularly noteworthy is the Algarve region with its magnificent coastline and holiday resorts, as well as the country’s amazing capital, Lisbon. What is worth seeing in Portugal?
-PORTUGAL travel guide –
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a bustling Atlantic port located on the banks of the Tagus River. A visit to the historic center is a journey into the city’s fascinating past. In Lisbon, you must see famous tourist attractions such as Castelo de São Jorge and Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon. Lisbon is home to many world-class museums, such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.
Sintra is a city located at the foot of the Sintra Mountains on the Lisbon Coast. It is characterized by a spectacular setting of green hills dotted with beautiful villas, royal residences, palaces and castles dating back to the 8th century. Revered by the Romans, Moors and Portuguese royalty, Sintra’s beauty even enchanted the famous poet Lord Byron, who wrote about it in a personal letter, describing it as the most beautiful village in the world.
Porto is a city located at the mouth of the Douro River and situated on the Ribeira waterfront recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porto is a city where you can see many well-preserved Baroque churches and neoclassical buildings. Particularly noteworthy are the needle-like Torre dos Clérigos and the impressive showcase of the Sé Cathedral. Another interesting structure is the Ponte Dom Luís I, a spectacular two-level iron bridge that crosses the Douro River and connects the city to Vila Nova de Gaia. An unhurried stroll along the Ribeira allows you to relax and enjoy the city’s charms while admiring its beautiful surroundings and scenery.
Madeira, which can boldly be described as „Europe’s Hawaii”, is an island located in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North Africa. It is one of Europe’s most beautiful tourist destinations, which has gained popularity for its lush green landscapes, flower gardens, wines and annual New Year’s celebrations, during which one of the world’s largest fireworks displays takes place.Madeira’s main attraction is its wealth of green landscapes – from lush parks, colorful gardens, enchanting forests and nature reserves to lofty mountains and rocky beaches washed by blue ocean waves. Must-see places include the Orchid Garden and Laurissilva Forest, as well as the levadas that form walking paths winding through the beautiful scenery.
Lagos is one of Portugal’s major resort cities. Bathed in the hot sun of the Algarve region, the city is a favorite vacation spot for thousands of tourists who flock to the country’s southern coast every year. The place is best known for the fabulous beaches that surround the city on either side of the international marina. Lagos is also home to some truly magical rock formations and sandstone cliffs that tower over a series of sea caves and grottoes with strange, unusual shapes.
A city with a medieval castle and surrounding walls, with a wonderfully preserved historic section. The convent building at the Nossa Senhora da Oliviera Church houses the Alberto Sampaio Museum. The Sao Domingos Monastery houses the Sarmento Martins Museum. Also worth a visit are the medieval palace of the Dukes of Bragança Sao Miguel Church, Santos Passos Church and Santa Marinha da Costa Monastery.
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