Welcome To Portugal
Spectacular beaches, quaint villages, vibrant cities all with a sea salt tang
Occupying most of the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has a very different feel to its neighbour Spain. Whereas much of Spain belongs to the Mediterranean, Portugal is more influenced by the Atlantic.
Its south-westernmost point, Cape St Vincent, was believed by the Romans to be the end of the Earth, and parts of the coast, especially the surrounding Costa Vicentina, have a remote, undiscovered feel.
Further to the north, the coast has some of the best surfing beaches in Europe, such as at Nazare, and to the west, the Algarve is blessed with dramatic beaches and rock formations like fairy chimneys, sea arches and stacks abundant.
The rest of the country is less explored but has plenty to lure you. We have fallen in love with some of the beautiful old whitewashed towns like Obidos and Monsaraz, and seen spectacular castles from the exotic fantasy of the Palacio da Pena at Sintra to the border sentinel of Marvao, looking out from its mountain eyrie over the flat plain of Spain below.
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Belem Lisbon is a fascinating place to visit. It’s a suburb next to the river Tagus (Rio Tejo) with three of the best sights in Lisbon, and several other attractions besides. The most popular things to do in Belem Lisbon revolve around the river area. The Belem Tower...
The resort town of Lagos is one of the best places to stay in the Algarve, the south coast of Portugal. Lagos has a fine historic centre, and streets full of restaurants, bars aclubs which are packed in the summer season. Then there’s the coastline: Lagos has some of...
Costa Vicentina, Algarve Portugal: :Stunning Beaches & Exhilarating Coastal Walks The Costa Vicentina Algarve is the wild west of Portugal, with some of its most dramatic beaches and coastal scenery, and some of the best places to surf in Portugal. It is one of...
When planning our Portugal road trip Alentejo – the region covering much of the south and east of the country
Things To Do In Albufeira Sublime Beaches, Buzzing Nightlife & An Inviting Old Town There are so many things to do in Albufeira, the Algarve's biggest resort and party capital. It's the first major resort to the west of Faro and the main Algarve airport, and it's...
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