Saturday, September 18, 2021

Destinations in Portugal

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Regions in Portugal

  • Northern Portugal
    A historic region considered the birthplace of the nation. Includes the second largest city, Porto.
  • Central Portugal
    These include Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, and also the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal, and most of the Extremadura coast.
  • Lisbon Region
    The densely populated region around the mouth of the Tagus on the Atlantic coast includes not only the capital and largest city of Lisbon, but also such well-known tourist destinations as Sintra or Cascais.
  • Alentejo
    Literally called “beyond the Tagus”, this region is sparsely populated, known as the hottest region in the country and celebrated for its slow pace of life. Although it is largely rural, there are also interesting towns and villages, such as the regional capital, Evora.
  • Algarve
    The beaches and sun of southern Portugal.
  • Azores
    A group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain, is located on the island of the same name.
  • Madeira
    A subtropical archipelago consisting of two inhabited islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, and two uninhabited island groups, the Desertas and Selvagens Islands.

Cities in Portugal

  • Lisbon (Lisboa) – national capital, city of the seven hills
  • Aveiro – the “Venice” of Portugal
  • Braga – City of the Archbishops
  • Coimbra – home of the ninth oldest university in the world.
  • Évora – “museum city”, regional capital of the Alentejo
  • Funchal – the capital of Madeira
  • Guimarães – the founding place of the nation
  • Porto – the capital of the North, “Invincible City”, along the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Viana do Castelo – famous for the feast of Our Lady of the Agony

Other destinations

  • Óbidos
  • Peneda-Gerês National Park
  • Douro & Coa – River Valleys
  • Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of the Portuguese mainland and the European continent, near Cascais
  • Serra da Estrela
  • The Coa Valley is a World Heritage Site.