Portugal was born in Guimarães (the region of Oporto and the North), where the Portuguese became a people and a nation in the twelfth century.
Oporto, World Heritage City, is famous for its wine but also a heritage which combines the ancient churches and monuments in the contemporary spirit of notable buildings. Here, you’ll be taken on a journey to the natural and cultural diversity of the city and in the country in just a few minutes.
From the river Douro, lay your eyes on the beautiful vineyards extending its margins and offering superb noble wines from Oporto and the Douro valley which are internationally renowned.
The Silver Coast stretches during the Littoral, between Lisbon and Porto, and is known as one of the most interesting a r e a s o f g r o w t h presently.
This region is characterized by its diversity: beautiful rocky shores with golden beaches, varied nature and picturesque villages. There are also many rivers and streams that provide lush vegetation.
Today, in this region, more than 10 new golf courses are laid out ... a paradise for golf!
The area is rich in medieval towns like the famous attraction of Óbidos and fishing villages such as Peniche.
It is the most western city in Europe and famous for its waves for surfing, as well its historical monuments.
CASCAIS AND ESTORIL COAST
Cascais and Estoril, the coastline stretching about 20km north of Lisbon, became one of the most cosmopolitan and touristic places of Portugal.
These picturesque bays were frequented by Royalty and therefore have stately mansions that were built by Noble families.
Cascais was formerly a small fishing village that has become a place of international vacation. It has preserved its original charm with its beautiful beaches, marinas and hotels. It is now one of the most historic villages in Portugal.
The area offers several golf courses and is considered one of the most sought after areas in the country.
Crossed by the Tagus river, Lisbon is called the ‘City of Light’, the capital of Portugal and has over 900 years of history and diverse cultural influences. Built on seven hills, Lisbon has an area where you can breathe the history and also where you can connect with sense of modern environment.
The city is seductive to all senses in its viewpoints, both in Nobel and Modern architecture, sounds of the carris on cobble stones, smell of the sea and delightful palette of the tasty regional foods and wines.
Lisbon is colorful and offers majestic monuments, beaches, green fields and a wide range of golf courses nearby.
If you feel like a drink, there’s a large offer of bars. You’ll find fun every single night. There is so much for tourists to do and see.
Due to European investment infrastructure, Lisbon has a very efficient public transport network, making it easy and affordable to visit.
Large rural region south of Portugal, Alentejo is the great delight to the countryside and medieval villages’ lovers.
The emblematic example of the region is illustrated by Évora, “City Museum” whose rich heritage is underlined by its ranking to UNESCO.
Many other villages like Portalegre, Marvão and Monsaraz and arid plains and golden, vast olive groves and long sandy beaches bordered by majestic cliffs, also mark the Alentejo as one of the sites not to be missed for castles and nature lovers.
The ideal place for those seeking a life of intense calm.
In the extreme south of Portugal, the Algarve is the most tourist region in Portugal and was the first tourist destination for holidays and expatriates.
This region has the largest number of hours of daily sunlight in Europe and thus sought for foreigners not only for sightseeing or vacation but also for second home as a haven for European winters.
With its excellent infrastructure like highways and an international airport, it is easy to travel to or from any national or international areas. In the Algarve, there are “luxury resorts” and the beautiful beaches
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THE ISLANDS MADEIRA E PORTO SANTO
In the mid-Atlantic, the Archipelago of Madeira is a natural and beauty retreat. Consisting on two islands – Madeira and Porto Santo, two thirds of its area is protected where is located the largest laurissilva forest in the world, classified as World Heritage.
Between the blue sea and the green vegetation stand the colorful exotic flowers.
Madeira Island is sought throughout the year by tourists attracted by its permanent springtime temperature which invites to outdoor activities such as sailing, diving or just walk by the city. Visiting the city of Funchal gets you in contact with the heritage of the Age of Discovery.
The island of Porto Santo is the ideal place to escape the stress, enjoy the wonderful beaches and play golf.
The archipelago has an airport often used by low-cost companies that make daily flights from all over the Europe.
Madeira has lots of festivals throughout the year. The most sought are the Carnival, the Flower Festival and, specially, the famous fireworks at the end of the year.
The Azores archipelago consists of nine islands, which nature has endowed a natural beauty ready to be explored. The archipelago is divided into three groups:
- The eastern: São Miguel, the most developed island where the airport already receives low-cost airline, has warm beaches and clear sand as also the rocks that cover the slopes of the amphitheater, and São Miguel, the largest island with an unmatched beauty and charm, owns the lakes of the Seven Cities and Fire.
- The central group: Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial islands, where its sapphire blue sea, whales and dolphins are the delight of visitors.
- The western: Flores island, with its natural waterfalls, and Corvo Island, where cohabit birds of all species coming from both the European and America continents.
Even the blase visitor will be touched by the sapphire blue and emerald green lakes, fertile prairies, volcanic cones and craters, colorful hydrangeas and azaleas, 15th century churches and majestic manor houses. As in all Portugal, there are festivities in all the islands.