Planning a holiday to Portugal? What we can visit in Portugal?
Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering with Spain. Because of the location on Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a famous travel destination. Portugal is famous with architecture dates to the 1500s-1800s when was powerful maritime and colonial empire.
Read our guide to the best regions, including advice on Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, Alentejo, and the Algarve.
The capital is Lisbon.
The capital, Lisbon, a charismatic, paved city where yellow trams rattle up and down the steep, narrow streets, remains essentially 18th century, and very Portuguese in feel, without the globalization that has enveloped many European cities. It has a special white light, a breeze from the Atlantic and cafés where the mournful strains of Fado can still be heard.
A short drive from here takes you to wooded Sintra, which has changed remarkably little since Byron described it in 1809 as “the most beautiful village in the world”. In the north, less sun means greener landscape, heartier food and heavy granite architecture. In the Douro valley, where verdant, terraced vineyards run down to the “Golden River”, you can take a small train and ride right along the waterside or meander down the river on a cruise boat, local red wine in hand.
Get out in Porto, the country’s second city, where famous port houses with British names, from Taylor’s to Graham’s, have for centuries been part of the very fabric of the city. Stop off in Coimbra in central Portugal, birthplace of six kings and the seat of Portugal’s oldest university, founded in 1290, and visit the impressive early 18th-century library, where more than 300,000 books line the richly gilded walls.
In the Alentejo, storks nest on the typically wide chimneys of the white-washed, blue-rimmed houses – the wide chimneys for smoking the superb regional hams, the blue rims an age-old superstition that they will ward off the devil. Unspoilt and sparsely inhabited, this region, which stretches over almost one third of Portugal, has a harsh climate with searingly hot summers and cold winters. Yet the rewards are many for the visitor, from countless medieval hill-top towns, white-washed and encircled with fortified walls, to the wide open plains where black pigs roam free in the acorn groves and stone circles and dolmens pepper the landscape. There are marble quarries and endless cork trees and a rich variety of produce, from ewe’s-milk cheeses to game and fruity olive oils.
And for fish, little can beat the Algarve, where a simple wooden restaurant on the beach promises a meal to remember with the freshest sea bass or a plate of sardines, lightly grilled, drizzled with olive oil and accompanied by a salad of tomatoes that burst with flavour and a chilled white Vinho Verde.
Hidden coves and limestone rocks resembling abstract sculptures rising out of the blue ocean run all along the coast, bordering the golden sands that stretch from the west coast with its wild waves – a paradise for surfers – to the more gentle central and eastern Algarve, where long, accessible beaches alternate with mere handkerchiefs of sand at the end of dizzyingly steep steps carved into the rocks.
Source by : Telegraph