Algarve - Paradise in southern Europe
With a very pleasant climate all year round, the Algarve is one of the territories in Europe with the greatest potential for contact with nature. It has many internationally recognized beaches, but others remain to be wonderful secrets, hidden from mass tourism. The rich and diverse nature of the region integrates several parks and nature reserves, lowlands and mountains, wild species and lush flora. The picturesque villages possess an enormous cultural and historical wealth, which is also present in the modern, dynamic cities. From Aljezur to Vila Real de Santo António, and with its enormous range of activities for all ages and a an exceptional heritage, including Mediterranean wines and gastronomy, the Algarve invites a unique experience in life!
Alentejo - From the heat of the lowlands to the freshness of the mountains
In the south, the Alentejo is characterised by immense plains and a vast area of Atlantic coast, with little human presence. To the north, where it meets the centre of Portugal, some of its beautiful mountains reveal themselves. Throughout these regions, it is possible to find many villages, towns and cities with a unique historical and patrimonial wealth. In the north of Alentejo, cities like Castelo de Vide and Portalegre, Ponte de Sor, Montargil or Sousel stand out. Enjoy the remarkable architecture and gastronomy, especially the traditional blood sausages. Towards the south, take the thematic routes, such as the "Marble Route" or the "Alentejo Wine Route". On these trips you will discover unique places like Elvas, Estremoz, Borba, Vila Viçosa and Alandroal. Craft lovers have a mandatory stop in Arraiolos, to learn about the local tapestry. Continuing the "descend", it is inevitable to stop in the historic city of Évora. From there, discover Redondo, Amareleja, Moura, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vidigueira, Viana do Alentejo, Alvito, Cuba and Beja, with their amazing heritage. In the coastal area, Sines, Porto Covo, Odemira, Zambujeira do Mar or Milfontes are worth a visit, but the main goal is to enjoy the immense beauty and natural heritage of the Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, which already extends through the Algarve. On these trips, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the groups of "Cante Alentejano", an Immaterial Heritage of Humanity.
Lisbon - Europe's meeting point
Lisbon is distinguished by its lively colors and architecture. The Tejo river, the Atlantic Ocean and the sky, almost always of a bright blue, frame the views of the city, a place of singular beauty. This is a city where the offer of experiences is so vast that it will be hard to decide what to do first. From the very beginning you can walk along the immense urban extension of the city by the Tejo river, from Belém to Parque das Nações, and enjoy the leisure culture and heritage spaces along the way. You can also get to know the city's historic districts walking its hills to the sound of Fado, and work an appetite with the perfumes of the wonderful typical gastronomy. Stop at the viewpoints and esplanades, or visit the commercial and wellness areas. The enormous nightlife offers ensures that this city is alway alive. You also have Monsanto's wonderful natural area nearby, and many beaches, gardens and golf courses where you can enjoy nature. But besides being a city, Lisbon is also a district with lots of places where you will find historical heritage and paradisiacal natural areas, dynamic cities and charming villages, high-tech poles and activities for the whole family. From Cascais' beaches and remarkable architecture to the natural splendour of Sintra's mountain range, whose town is a world heritage site, the offer of unforgettable experiences is great. Those who visit Lisbon can also cross the tejo river and discover the so-called "south bank", with its enormous cultural dynamics and leisure spaces, and the Setúbal Peninsula, whose beauty and natural diversity finds its splendour in the Arrábida Mountains and its beaches, but does not fall behind in richness of its traditions, heritage and cuisine.
Centre - Where everything happens
In Portugal's Central region, everything that is best in the country is combined - from the splendour of nature to the wealth of heritage, the traditional craftmanship, to the world-renowned innovation and technology centres. It is impossible to highlight all the places worth visiting in this vast region, but the city of Coimbra is an unavoidable reference. With one of the oldest universities in the world, this is a dynamic and irreverent city where architecture and history combine with modernity. Between imposing monuments and buildings and "cool" shops, parks, beaches and gardens, the riverside area next to the Mondego and the nearby towns and cities there is plenty to choose from. Besides its rich historical heritage, Aveiro is a modern city with a variety of very special experiences. It can easily be visited by foot or aboard one of the famous "moliceiros" boats. It is mandatory to visit the markets and try the typical dishes, including the remarkable sweets. On the outskirts you will find unforgettable places, such as the Natural Reserve of S. Jacinto Dunes and the beaches of Barra and Costa Nova, with charming colourful houses. In the interior, there are places such as the cities of Viseu, Guarda and Castelo Branco, Seia with its Bread Museum, Belmonte and its Jewish Museum. But the highlight of any tour is literally Serra da Estrela - the highest point in continental Portugal, with 1993 m of altitude where you can find the only ski and snowboard resort in the country, integrated in the Serra da Estrela's Natural Park. All over the territory, don't miss the gastronomic richness, including the famous cherries of Fundão.
Oporto and North - Portugal's roots
Considered the capital of the northern region of Portugal, Oporto is a charming city bathed by the river Douro. The richness and variety of its many monuments and historic buildings have allowed it to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can find the world famous Port Wine Cellars. Besides the city, the Porto's district is a dynamic centre of commerce and industry, full of beautiful villages and prosperous cities like Espinho, Matosinhos or Póvoa de Varzim. In all these places, near the Atlantic coast, it is possible to taste the wonderful gastronomy based on sea products. Further north you will find Minho's region and its incomparable nature. Here you can discover the roots of the Portuguese identity, evident either in the architectural and cultural heritage, or in religious manifestations such as processions and popular festivities. It is obligatory to visit the beautiful cities of Braga and Guimarães. All over the north there are places that must be visited. From the city of Vila Real you can explore the Douro valley and the famous Port Wine Route, and visit the wine estates on the steep banks of the river. In Trás-os-Montes, in the north-east of Portugal, the wild mountain landscape is combined with places of magical beauty, such as the Montesinho's Natural Park - one of the wildest forest areas in Europe. In between, there are unique sceneries, historical villages, natural landscapes and a very rich gastronomy, with welcoming locals. The so-called "Lands of Basto", Chaves, Viana do Castelo, Bragança or Montalegre, are other unique places that deserve to be discovered too.
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