Travel Guide to Portugal
Places to visit in Portugal
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and has its own page - Lisbon
Porto - is the second largest city in Portugal and is located on the estuary of the Douro river, in northern Portugal. The city can trace its history back to Roman times and the centre is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Notable buildings include Porto Cathedral which dates from the 11th century and some town houses which date from the 15th century. Liberdade Square is a neoclassical structure which dates from 1715 and has some fine statues.
Aveiro - is a coastal town that lies 65 km south of Porto. Part of the city is cut through with canals, bridges; painted boats called moliceiros, similar to the gondolas of Venice cruise the waterways. For this reason, the city is called the "Portuguese Venice", although the comparison is a bit exaggerated.
The Algarve - is a region on the southern coast around city of Faro. It is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal and there are numerous excellent beaches along the Mediterranean coast.
Azores - is a group of islands that lies around 1500 kilometres west of Lisbon in the Atlantic Ocean. There are nine main islands, the largest islands are Sao Miguel, Pico and Terceira. They are a popular holiday destination for people from the EU.
Madeira - is a small group of island lying around 1000 kilometres offshore of mainland Europe. Only two of the islands are inhabited these are Madeira and Porto Santo. It is a popular year-round resort, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, and embroidery artisans.
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