A trip to Portugal is synonymous with a good mix of cultural highlights and the natural beauty of the beautiful Atlantic coast and the many beautiful vineyards that adorn much of the country. Few countries can boast a history that dates back to the 10th century. Portugal is one of them. This beautiful country offers a range of historical highlights, but the country has so much more. Combine a beach holiday with a stay at a local surf school with great wine experiences at the many wineries to name just a small selection of the possibilities in Portugal.
The Capital of Portugal: Lisbon
Most people begin their journey in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. This is an enchanting and charming city on the Atlantic coast with lots of nice neighbourhoods, great shops and historical treasures. In Lisbon you can experience Portugal's history and proud tradition as a sea nation with colonial power. Lisbon is one of Europe's most beautiful, filled with ancient castles and beautiful areas. Lisbon is situated in a hilly area - this makes this city even more charming. It’s excellent street and cable cars will take you to most of the vantage points, so you don’t have to drag yourself up the hills
Southern Portugal: Algarve, Estoril and Cascais
If you are traveling south from Lisbon, you can hardly avoid putting your feet somewhere on the beautiful Algarve coast. There is much more than all-inclusive tourists and golf courses to this part of Portugal. One example is the beautiful coves and sandy beaches, interspersed with areas of impressive lava cliffs all the way to the water. Some of the Algarve's most popular and fashionable destinations are Estoril and Cascais, which by now is almost melted together and can easily be reached by train from Lisbon (you can also fly to Faro). Both of these seaside resorts are extremely picturesque and inviting, while offering a little extra bling, such as casinos and expensive shopping. We also recommend that you try surfing in Portugal as the waves are perfect for both beginners and more advanced surfers.
Portugal - a Country of Wine
Portugal is an extremely popular wine country. A number Portugal's excellent wineries and producers are located south of Lisbon, but you can find great wines all over Portugal.
Just Porto is famous for another type of wine, namely port. If you travel to Porto, you might be more interested in strolling around the city's historic district that was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996. In this charming area of Portugal, you can also enjoy views of the vast river Douro, which runs through Porto.
Do not leave Portugal without having spent an evening listening to the mournful Fado a late night at a wine bar in one of Lisbon's narrow side streets.