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Portugal

Located in the southwest of Europe, its national territory comprises the Azores and the Madeira Islands. Its Mainland stretches over an area of 88.889 km2 (218 km wide, 561 km long, 832 km of Atlantic coast and 1.215 km bordering Spain).
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PORTO AND THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL

It all started in the north, which is where Portugal came to be, as a people, as a nation. This is where we have learned what sets us apart and makes us unique, but also how valuable it is to understand how different cultures can, and should, come together.
  
An area of mountains and steep cliffs, the northern part of Portugal is characterised by its dense vegetation, rivers and natural parks. Castles, such as the Guimarães Castle, and sanctuaries and churches that are the backdrop for popular festivals are at the core of our cultural heritage. Simple rural shrines stand next to the grandeur of the Baroque architecture in all its granite and gilded woodcarving glory. There are cities that have developed their urban policy on a human scale, such as BRAGA, VIANA DO CASTELO, LAMEGO, CHAVES OR VILA REAL, with their manor houses and small palaces, and this is where we will find authenticity, people who are welcoming, who honour tradition. In Porto and the north of Portugal, people truly experience joy as a natural part of being alive and are grateful for all that they have and all that they are.

The RIVER DOURO is omnipresent. It comes into Portugal restrained by mountains and steep slopes and runs along the cultural landscape classified as World Heritage, where the DOURO AND PORT WINES are produced. It is one with the roads that take these wines to the CELLARS IN VILA NOVA DE GAIA, and its waters welcome the cruises that tour the area.
PORTO AND THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL

CENTRO REGION

The upland areas and traditional villages. Right by the sea, charming fishing towns and cosmopolitan beaches with water sports setting the pace in sunlit days. Age-old heritage, almost ubiquitous, the proud testimony of centuries of History.

Some of these places are so unique that they have been classified as WORLD HERITAGE by UNESCO. That is the case of Mosteiro de Alcobaça and Mosteiro da Batalha, Convento de Cristo in Tomar and  Universidade de Coimbra. 

There is, however, so much more to explore. Like the HISTORIC VILLAGES with their whitewashed houses, such as ÓBIDOS, a treasure to be found within its walls. There are also cities where modernity meets tradition – COIMBRA, the City of Students, LEIRIA, AVEIRO with its Ria and also by the sea, VISEU, GUARDA AND CASTELO BRANCO. In these cities, the architecture is ‘set in stone’ and honours our ancestral past.
CENTRO REGION

LISBON REGION

Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and polarises a versatility that appeals to different tastes and senses.
 
In a city that has welcomed a variety of cultures from faraway places, the traits of the village it used to be are still there, in each HISTORICAL NEIGHBOURHOOD. We can stroll through the grid of streets in Baixa Pombalina which opens up to Praça do Comércio. Walking along the river will lead us to some of the most beautiful places in the city: Belém and the monumental scale of its landmarks, classified as World Heritage, medieval neighbourhoods and also contemporary recreational areas such as Parque das Nações or Docas.
 
If we keep walking along the Tejo estuary, it will become self-evident why Lisbon is said to be the centre of a large resort. The road along the river will unravel beaches and beach resorts where villas, luxury condominiums and hotels built in the early 20th-century nest around marinas, terrace bars and cafés and modern sports facilities for activities such as Golf and nautical leisure.
Along the coast, we will find world-renowned surf spots and also the many palaces that make up the cultural landscape of SINTRA, classified as World Heritage.

Both north and south of the capital, a wide variety of landscapes and its cultural heritage is always just around the corner. With its dreamy beaches, peaceful natural parks, vibrant cultural routes and a choice in accommodation to suit every taste, no one should miss out on Lisbon when visiting Portugal. 
LISBON REGION

ALENTEJO

The river Tejo gives birth to these plains that stretch out to the horizon. If up north we have green plains, further down the south the landscape takes its colour from the sun and the heat. This is Alentejo.
 
In the northern area there are horses grazing in marshy lands. This is the great inland, with its flat prairies and golden wheat fields. On the coast, wild ocean beaches, ruggedly beautiful and unspoilt.
 
The magnitude of the landscape is intersected by cork and olive trees which have stood the test of time. SANTARÉM is a natural belvedere over the vastness of the river Tejo. Here and there you can see a walled enclosure such as MARVÃO or MONSARAZ, or an ancient cromlech evoking past times and their magic. The hills are crowned with white townhouses, castles evoke battles and conquests, and the patios are testimony of Arab influences which have shaped both the people and the surrounding landscape.
 
In Alentejo, the land is a force which has left its mark in time and in cities such as ELVAS and ÉVORA, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. People are proud and resilient.
Here you will also find the largest artificial lake in Europe, THE ALQUEVA, a vast mass of water reaching as far as the eye can see, surrounded by an enviable natural landscape. Small islets, small pieces of land that become a dream of having a weekend getaway there.
 
And then there is the coastal area. Its landscape is rugged and tall, with little beaches nestled between the cliffs, many of them ideal for SURFING. Its smells like the countryside, herbs which will season FISH, SHELLFISH and other TRADITIONAL DISHES, served with great ALENTEJO WINES.
Here, the breath of life comes from the land.
 
ALENTEJO

ALGARVE

This is where the Portuguese sailed from in the 15th century in search of other cultures, other people... and it is where we welcome many of those who visit us because of our climate and our sunny days all year round. 
                                         
Boasting stunning beaches of fine white sand which stretch as far as the eye can see and are framed by golden cliffs, almost deserted islands which act as a border between RIA FORMOSA and the sea, or small bays tucked away in the rocks, the calm, warm blue sea in the Algarve is just perfect for long swims and practising water sports.
  
And then there’s the mountain, where people live in harmony with nature and have a love for traditions they enjoy sharing. And the cities. SILVES, where traces of its Arab past are still visible, or LAGOS, dating as far back as the Discoveries. More cosmopolitan, PORTIMÃO and ALBUFEIRA are ‘on’ day and night, vibrant and fun. FARO is the gateway for the TAVIRA area, known for its traditional architecture.
  
The ALGARVE is equipped with Hotels, holiday villages and resorts, ranging from the simplest to the most sophisticated types of accommodation. A warm welcome awaits you.  
 
Having been, several times, voted best golf destination in the world by speciality magazines and by expert international tour operators, The Algarve lives up to its reputation, as the aim is, always, the highest of standards.
ALGARVE