Lisboa (portuguese pronunciation) is the capital of Portugal, it's a friendly city with a cosmopolitan population, it's one of the safest European capitals, it´s the only European capital located so close to sandy beaches and one of the sunniest capital in Western Europe. In Lisbon you can explore World Heritage architectural marvels, the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, or discover the treasures from the East and the West inside the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, or the acclaimed Design Museum and the fantastic Berardo Collection of contemporary art and much more. Its surroundings offer an incredible variety of tourist attractions, from fairytale palaces (Sintra), to surfing in Cascais, to world-class golf in Estoril or to dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Porto (portuguese pronunciation) is the second city of Portugal and the city that originated and named Port Wine. The riverfront, UNESCO has declared this a World Heritage Site, with churches dripping with gold, combined with colorful houses facing the river and its picturesque boats, is the soul of the city that should be the starting point of a visit. The Serralves Museum, Casa da Musica, São Francisco Church, Santa Clara Church, Palacio da Bolsa and Clerigos Tower, are some of the top sights to visit. Like in Lisbon, its surroundings offer an incredible variety of tourist attractions, from Douro Valley, another World Heritage Site and the world's oldest legally defined wine-producing region, to Portugal's northern historic cities such as Guimarães and Braga.
In the Algarve region, wherever you look for, the colors of the mountains and the sea is always present. The region is large and friendly, with Mediterranean climate, marked by the smell of sea and wild flowers. Here you can find the most beautiful beaches of Europe and some of the bests golf courses of the world. If you looking for fun, bars, discos, marinas and casinos all over the Algarve, guarantee the diversion.
The natural beauty of this island is gorgeous. Madeira Island have the largest area of forest Laurisilva in the world, and rich in endemic species of plants. So is now part of the list of world heritage of UNESCO, since 1999. The sea is rich in life and is perfect for scuba diving. Madeira is also known for having the best Carnival of Portugal (February), one of the bests New Year´s Eve of Europe and for his wine (Madeira Wine).
The archipelago of the Azores is a natural paradise with nine volcanic islands and one of the best habitats in the world for marine mammals and sea birds. Is a real aquarium between Europe and North America. Is a great place for action and adventure: whale and dolphin whatching, mountain climbing (Pico Island), scuba diving, bycicle strolls, bullfighting, walking trails, and much more.
Written by Pedro Oliveira