Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. Decked with Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities, charming seaside towns, ancient castles, rich architectural sites, and romantic places, it all adds to up to Portugal’s surprising variety of landscapes and cultural treasures and makes it among the most sought after tourist destinations in the world which receives about 13 million foreign tourists every year.
This astonishing variety for such a small country, combined with lower prices than many other European destinations makes it one of the most rewarding travel experiences in the world. Great history, amazing food and wine, idyllic scenery and a blazing nightlife is just the beginning if you are in Portugal. Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians all had left their mark on this Iberian nation which has contributed to make this country so beautiful. Exploring Portugal means coming face to face with great mysteries of past. There is so much to see and explore in this hot and happening destination. So come, explore and enjoy some great places of world in this beautiful country.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is Europe’s second-oldest capital and was once home to the world’s greatest explorers. It is one of Europe’s most soulful and captivating capitals built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle. It is a compact and intimate city which is blessed with the world’s surprising sights, cultural treasures and beautiful setting which makes it a paradise for walkers and photographers. Belem, National Palace of Pena, Fado bars in Alfama, and Lisbon Oceanarium are some of the major attractions of the city which you just can’t afford to miss.
Monsaraz is surely a place that will take you to medieval Portugal. Sitting on the River Guardiana, this tiny middle age walled town is one of the most atmospheric places in the region of Alentejo. A massive castle, cobbled narrow lanes, low-rise old houses, laid-back afternoon over a glass of wine and local dishes surely transport you to other world. Don’t miss a visit to castle or parish church of Santa Maria and shopping at the village of São Pedro do Corval which is renowned for its pots and locally produced ceramics.
Historic Center of Porto:
This commercial hub at the delta of Douro River is a grittier, more down to earth and a thriving center of wine industry setting the pace of city. The Historic Center of Porto surprises its visitors with its urban development which is neatly inscribed into the historical fabric of the city. This includes styles from Romanesque choir to neoclassical Stock exchanges and old fashioned shops to cozy restaurants where the city’s flagship products can be blissfully enjoyed.
Madeira is a hot spot destination of Portugal sitting atop a submarine volcano. It enjoys great popularity among holiday makers and travellers. The unspoiled nature, serene and tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking mountain views and an abundance of greenery will surely calm your senses and charge your worn-out psyche. Don’t forget to taste Madeira wine, delicious food and enjoy the largest firework show if you happen to be in the city at the time of the New Year. Thriving local folklore and great accommodations, along with a vast range of leisure activities, make Madeira a great destination to visit.
About the Author
Robert Connor is an avid traveller and travel writer who explored destinations across the globe. He also runs Carlton Leisure. Through Carlton Leisure you can book low fare flights to Lisbon and enjoy a great holiday trip or book multi city flights to Portugal to enjoy all of the sites. This is Robert’s first guest post for Travefy.