The tiny nation from which an empire sprang across the globe, Portugal is a country steeped in history and tradition. You’ll be enchanted by the rhythm of day-to-day life, the beauty of Portugese cities and villages, the taste of the famous cuisine and the vibrancy of their well preserved culture. From the historic capital of Lisbon on the shores of the Atlantic to the verdant hills of the Duoro Valley wine region, Portugal is waiting to be explored.
Lisbon and Porto
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is a vibrant city packed with historic districts, tile facades and monuments. In 2014, Lisbon was the winner of the Travellers’ Choice title on TripAdvisor.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, and was named the Best European Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2018.
Sun and Sea
The World Travel Awards awarded The Algarve as the best beach destination in 2013 and 2015, and is the most popular leisure destination in Portugal. With over 850km of picturesque golden sand and small coves, visitors are spoilt for choice for pristine beaches, including the Southwest Alentego. The Lisbon region sees busy, endless beaches at Costa da Caparica where visitors can spend their days sunbathing in the warm Portuguese sun.
Among the stunning awards already awarded, Portugal is also named the World’s Best Golf Destination and the Best Golf Destination in Europe for five years between 2014 and 2018. With Portugals mild temperature throughout the year, Algarve and Lisbon sees some major competitions on the professional circuit further cementing it’s reputation as a golfing haven.
Many courses have been designed by golfing giants such as Sir Henry Cotton, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones and Rocky Roquemore, creating unrivalled quality and stunning beauty where the sea often serves as a backdrop.
There are 22 sites in Portugal which have World Heritage Status, immortilizing the history and culture of the Portuguese. The Monsasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Monastery of Jerónimos, the Belém Tower in Lisbon and the Convent of Christ in Tomar all have their status due to the artistic and historical importance.
Historical centers under the same ranking can be found in Guimarães, Porto, Évora and Angra do Heroísmo. To discover Cultural Landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty, it would be amiss to not visit the Alto Duoro Wine Region, Sintra and the Vineyards of the Island of Pico.
The best fish in the world can be found in Portugal, as the Atlantic waters and geographical location make the fish a gastronomic highlight. Seafood and fish are best enjoyed seaside, where one can indulge in quality wines and local olive oils. Visitors are said to have not been to Portugal without trying a pastel de nata (custard tart). The Mediterranean Diet has a strong impact on Portuese cuisine, where olive oil, bread, olives, fruits, vegetables and herbs amalgamate into the balanced foundations of Portuguese gastronomy.