Portugal - Places to see
If you take the train along the north bank of the Tagus estuary and you’ll discover mile after mile of golden sandy beaches. Some are home to a number of royal castles - - a stunning legacy of the times when the kings of Portugal spent their summers here.
Meanwhile Europe’s largest beach is on Lisbon’s doorstep. South of the River Tagus and only half an hour from the city is the 30-kilometre long Costa de Caparica beach.
Lisbon has a rich and colourful seafaring heritage. The city’s passion for the sea continues to this day. You should visit the Parque das Nações and you’ll discover Europe’s largest aquarium.
The attraction of Algarve is Natural Park Costa Vicentina. Walk through pathways of colourful flowers, visit ancient castles and climb up to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve. In Cabo de S. Vicente, discover a land that was once thought of as the “end of the world”. And by the border, take a cruise up the River Guadiana as it flows through a Natural Park that extends to its mouth at Vila Real de Santo António. Discover the traces left by the people who have passed through the Algarve. On the way, uncover local legends and stories of the popular imagination.
The Azores are home to a rich historical heritage. On the island of Terceira, the town of Angra do Heroísmo is part of the world heritage of UNESCO. Don’t miss the lovely traditionally-designed houses and the Museu de Angra next to it, as well as the Capitães Generais Palace. There is also a wine museum in Biscoitos. In Ponta Delgada, the famous baroque gates stand among the churches, the Carlos Machado Museum, beautiful palaces and the Esperança Convent and Chapel, with the treasure of Christ. There are also museums in Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo.
In Porto Santo you will find rest from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Just two and a half hours by boat is one of Europe’s most attractive island paradises - Porto Santo. Surrounded by scenery that varies from kilometres of unspoilt beaches to the deep blue of the calm, warm sea, this small island is the ideal spot to escape from everyday stress. The island offers a wide choice of outdoor activities – boat trips, sport fishing, diving, windsurfing, water-skiing, mountain biking or paragliding. Discover a paradise island with a great climate, water that is warm all year round, and over five miles of golden sands and spectacular sunsets.
Remnants from the past, challenges to our imagination, are all around in the Alentejo, offering a real journey in time. Visit the castles and villages of the Alentejo for a relaxing, peaceful holiday. The pace of life in Portugal’s beautiful southern villages doesn’t seem to have changed for centuries. At the end of a day, you can enjoy a delicious local meal and a good night’s sleep in comfortable accommodation.