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Travel to Portugal

Portugal is an exotic locale filled with unique treasures, and rich culture and history. It’s truly a land worth visiting and experiencing first-hand. Perched on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal stands out among its neighbors as one of the oldest and yet most traditional and conservative European civilizations. Visitors can view 22,000 year-old Paleolithic art on the rock faces of Vale do Côa, and human occupation of this region dates 500,000 years back in time! The Celts settled here around 750 B.C. and were followed by Romans, Visigoths, and Greeks among others. The Moors enjoyed their infamous occupation from the 8th to the 13th Century and left their culture and ornate, whitewashed architecture as an eclectic signature on the Iberian Peninsula.

Algarve beach holidays

Put your feet in the sand and feel your body temperature rising. Then close your eyes and let the breeze push you gently towards a cool, refreshing dip in the sea. The Algarve gives you precisely that kind of sensation, a feeling of pure pleasure. Famous for its golden sands and clear, transparent water, it is the perfect destination for all those who enjoy beaches and lots of sun. With its Mediterranean-like climate, which continues well beyond the summer months, the Algarve offers you an irresistible invitation to visit the region all year round. Take advantage of your stay to discover the many small coves, where you’ll constantly find new beaches nestling amongst the rocks, or perhaps you might prefer to spend some time away from the sand and appreciate all the other delights that the Algarve has to offer you.

The Azores Islands

Visiting this green and blue archipelago, where the ocean touches the sky, is like watching the world being born in front of your very eyes. Here, the horizon disappears into infinity, time stands still and the paradise of these nine islands remains permanently unchanged.

Five “Must Visit” Places In The Algarve

Why is the Algarve such a popular destination? Yes, it’s because you can get cheap flights from most UK airports and Yes it’s because the weather is good pretty much all year round. Oh, and Yes, it’s because it has a huge number of golf courses. But the next time you go to the Algarve, have a day away from the beach and take in some of the Algarve’s more traditional attractions.

What to see in Funchal

Not many places on earth get the opportunity to be discovered twice, but the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo have. These two islands together with Las Desertas and Las Selvagens islands make up what is called the Archipelago of Madeira…

Portugal World Heritage Sites

The country’s extremely rich monumental, artistic and archaeological heritage reflects the different encounters in time and space that have given Portuguese culture its unique characteristics in world terms. In Portugal, amongst its historic centres, archaeological sites, monuments, cultural landscapes and natural landscapes, there are thirteen locations  classified by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.

Portugal culture and leasure

Are you interested in art? The National Museum of Ancient Art has some remarkable works on display made by Portuguese artists, such as the Belém Monstrance, and others that record the Portuguese legacy in the world, such as the Namban Screens. Two of the exhibits that you cannot afford to miss are Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych entitled “The Temptations of St. Anthony” and Dürer’s portrait of St. Jerome. At the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, discover the art of Egypt and Mesopotamia and the works of Rubens, Rembrandt and Monet.

Northern Portugal

Porto, a riverside city with a soul of granite and some most solemn silhouettes, is a lively place with many different attributes. Classified as a World Heritage site, it is an old and authentic city, offering some extraordinary panoramic views and a rare mixture of architectural styles that make you feel as though you’re travelling in time. When visiting the city’s Romanesque cathedral, stop for a while and breathe in the Middle Ages as you admire the great mass of houses making their way down to the banks of the River Douro.

Travel Around Lisbon And Portugal And Exploring Its Beauty

Lisbon, Portugal and its history has been written about on so many pages, its monuments have been described in many different ways so that it gives you the feeling that time has never passed, not only because its architecture has been kept intact even though it was terribly hit by an earthquake in 1755, but also because the people themselves are patient and not in a hurry.

Lisbon Gulbenkian Museum

The Gulbenkian, as it’s popularly known, is Lisbon’s premier art museum. The museum is named after an Armenian oil entrepreneur active in the early 20th century. After making his fortune trading in oil in Turkey, Iran and elsewhere he began to gather an art collection comprised of a wide variety of styles. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian and European art all found their way into his rooms.

National Coach Museum in Lisbon

The Museu Nacional dos Coches in Lisbon is one of this Portuguese city’s premier attractions. It isn’t hard to see why. It’s filled with sights that can be seen nowhere else in the world. The museum displays a wide variety of coaches from the 16th through the 19th centuries, along with much of the associated gear for the horses and riders.

Lisbon Cathedral

The roots of Lisbon go back centuries. As far back as the 4th century, it was a bishopric of the nascent Catholic Church. But unlike many European cities, the history of Lisbon took an odd turn. It was conquered by Muslim invaders in the 8th century, an occupation that lasted for nearly 400 years.