The Beauty of Portugal is Mind Blowing

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Portugal offers spectacular sightseeing, historic towns, mountainous regions, stunning beaches and excellent food and wine. The country is located in south-western Europe, bordered by Spain to the east and north and by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. The south is characterized by rolling plains, the northern landscape is mountainous and the interior boasts river valleys and plateaus. The Serra da Estrela Mountain is popular among winter sports enthusiasts.
Portugal is home to stunning natural environments and the diverse fauna includes the Portuguese oak, the Chestnut, eucalyptus trees, the cork-oak and a widespread of pine. The archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Pico, on the island of Pico in the Azores, is home to an ancient volcano, a highly iconic symbol of the Azores.
Portugal is rich in history and offers many museums, beautiful monuments and remarkable architecture. Traditional architecture, Manueline, is also known as Portuguese late Gothic. The soft Portuguese style appears in major cities and designs by Goncalo Byrne, Eduardo Souto de Moura can be seen. Lisbon is the national capital city, also known as the city of the seven hills.
The City of Lisbon
Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and was ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the fifth century, captured by the Moors in the eighth century and in the mid 1100s conquered by the Crusaders. The city stretches along the mouth of the Tagus River and offers amazing views.
The oldest district of Lisbon is Alfama, home to the famous Castle of São Jorge. You can explore the historical quarter with small shops, restaurants and Fado bars. Bairro Alto is the upper area of central Lisbon and is the heart of the capital’s nightlife. The Portuguese traditional music can still be heard in some bars, but the area offers mostly Goth, Hip Hop, Punk and Reggae.
The Baixa, Lisbon’s downtown area, is where Lisbon’s oldest and traditional shops still exist. You’ll find jeweler’s stores in the Rua do Ouro and the Rua da Prata and clothes and cloth stores in Rua dos Fanqueiros.
Belém (one of the neighborhoods in Lisbon) boasts the most famous feature in the city, the Torre de Belém. The tower was used as a lighthouse during the early 1500s. The Mosteiro do Jerónimos, a monastery, is also situated in Belém and worth a visit. Ensure to visit the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Centro Cultural de Belém and the Praça do Império while you are in Belém.
For a great shopping experience, you can visit Chiado. This area is a traditional shopping area and you can explore the old and the new shops. The neighborhood of Estrela is home to a huge church, Estrela Basilica, with a large dome, which is located on a hill.
The monument to Christ the King (Cristo-Rei) stands on the southern bank of the Tagus River, in Almada. The newest district in Lisbon is the Parque das Nações with restaurants, new buildings and gardens. The Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium), the second largest in the world, is located in this new neighborhood.
Lisbon is connected to the far side of the Tagus River by two notable bridges: the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Vasco da Gama Bridge.
Stunning Beaches in Portugal
lisbon portugal cascais conceicao beachYou will find sea, sand and sun in abundance in Portugal. Picturesque villages and beautiful stretches of beach draw travelers from all over the world:
• Salema, Praia da Rocha, Praia da Oura, Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman´s beach), Praia de São Rafael, and Praia do Castelo in the Algarve.
• Zambujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo region/Costa Alentejana e Vicentina
• Praia das Maçãs and Praia Grande, Carcavelos and Estoril, near Lisbon, in the Costa de Lisboa.
• Peniche
• Figueira da Foz, near Coimbra, in Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, central region
• Espinho, near Oporto, in Costa Verde/Green Coast, northern region.

Body boarding, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, kite surfing, boating, diving and swimming are some the available options in Portugal.
Great Attractions
Palácio da Pena
pena palace sintra portSintra: Sintra’s Palácio da Pena (the palace) is built at the top of Monte da Pena on the site of an old monastery. The interior of the palace is absolutely stunning and the chapel with its alabaster altarpiece is one of the highlights.
Guimarães: The narrow medieval street, Rua de Santa Maria, which is considered by art historians to be the most beautiful in the city, is located in the center of the town. The city is home to a medieval castle and the Ducal Palace.
Óbidos: The beauty of this town is outstanding with its white-washed houses, honeysuckle and bougainvilleas. Be sure to visit the Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria, the Capela de São Martinho and the Igreja do Senhor da Pedra.
Évora: A unique and historic city with labyrinthine streets, squares flooded with light, Renaissance fountains, Moorish courtyards and Gothic doorways and turrets.
Coimbra: Considered as the most romantic city in the country and famous for the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 and one of the oldest universities in Europe. Explore a maze of medieval streets.
Porto: In 1996, the historic center of Porto was declared a UNESCO World Heritage. The area has a mix of ancient narrow streets and narrower alleyways, with centuries-old buildings. Old homes of granite and tile loom over the waterfront. The harbor is filled with boats and ships.
Entering Portugal
Citizens of the United States of America traveling to Portugal for tourism or business do not need a visa. Legal residents in the United States may or may not need a visa depending on their country of citizenship.

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