Portugal. Europe’s Hot New Destination!
Americans are now discovering what sophisticated European travelers have known since the Romans first introduced Lusitania to the world nearly 2,000 years ago.
That Portugal is one of the most unique, exciting, enlightening and gastronomy lover’s affordable destinations on the Continent!
The Roman influence is seen everywhere, temples, bridges and aqueducts that rival those found in Italy. The Moors also left their mark like the vivacious colored azulejos (tiles) that decorate the facades of Portuguese buildings. And the impressive Castles that dot the Portuguese landscape, as well as the original Manueline architecture unique to Portugal.
Portugal has more than its share of UNESCO World Heritage Cities
Lisboa is the westernmost city in Europe, predating London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years and full of important monuments like the Tower of Belem, Jeronimos Monastery and the Castelo de Sao Jorge . The Discovery Monument and Plaza of the Americas honor Prince Henrique The Navigator and Vasco de Gama along with other important discoverers that departed in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
A country full of unique destinations
Near Lisbon you can visit the town of Cascais by the Sea or historic Sintra on a Hill, home of the Pena National Palace Castelo, and favorite vacation retreat by the Portuguese Royalty. As you travel north the Sanctuary of Fatima is a very important international spiritual pilgrimage destination not far from the lovely towns of Obidos and Nazaré.
Visitors also are impressed by the Manueline Architecture style of the Batalha Monastery and the city of Coimbra, home of the important Coimbra University and historic Biblioteca Joanina, Baroque Library.
Porto and the Duoro River’s Wine Valley
The beautiful city of Porto is a popular destination and home to historic monuments like the Sè Cathedral or Tower of Clèrigos, to name just two. Porto is also a favorite of gastronomy lovers, with charming places to eat or very upscale restaurants. Its established Wineries and Port Lodges are internationally known. The city is also the gateway to River Cruises that travel along the beautiful Duoro River, surrounded by beautiful cascading vineyards and excellent wineries.
Not far from Porto you can visit the medieval city of Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital during the 12th century and the lovely city of Braga also a popular religious destination.
But Portugal has much more to offer
The western Regions of Beira Alta and Baixa and Alentejo situated along the border with Spain are home to great castles and historic towns like Marvao, Monsaraz or Roman Evora. The southern Region of Algarve is also a favorite jetsetter destination full of lovely towns, like Lagos, Albufeira, Portimão and Faro with long stretches of white sandy beaches, natural caves and impressive hotels and resorts.