Portugal

About Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination, and much of the nation’s architecture dates to 1500–1800 when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire. In the mid-Atlantic, Portugal's volcanic Azores islands are popular for trekking and whale-watching. The island of Madeira is known for a mild winter climate, its namesake fortified wine, and trails along mountain aqueducts. On the mainland, capital Lisbon has São Jorge Castle atop the medieval Alfama district, with views of the Tagus estuary. To the south are the whitewashed villages and wild beaches of the Alentejo. In the north, Porto has cobbled streets and port wine cellars by the river. Inland from there are villages of the Minho and steep, terraced vineyards of the Douro.
Pena Palace

Pena Palace is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim on the Portuguese Riviera. The castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day, it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.
Belém Tower

Belém Tower, officially the Tower of Saint Vincent is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle is a historic castle in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Human occupation of the castle hill dates to at least the 8th century BC while the first fortifications built date from the 1st century BC. The hill on which São Jorge Castle stands has played an important part in the history of Lisbon, having served as the location of fortifications occupied successively by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors, before its conquest by the Portuguese in the 1147 Siege of Lisbon.
Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira is a quinta located near the historic centre of Sintra and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The property consists of a Romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. The palace is also known as The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire, which is based on the nickname of its best known former owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.
Lisbon Oceanarium

The Lisbon Oceanarium is an oceanarium in Lisbon located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo of 1998. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. The Lisbon Oceanarium has a large collection of marine species such as penguins, seagulls, and other birds, sea otters, sharks, rays, chimaeras, seahorses and other bony fish, crustaceans, starfish, sea urchins, and other echinoderms; sea anemones, corals, and other cnidarias octopuses, cuttlefish, sea snails, and other mollusks, amphibians, jellyfish, marine plants and terrestrial plants and other marine organisms.
Castle of the Moors

The Castle of the Moors is a hilltop medieval castle located in the central Portuguese civil parish of Santa Maria e São Miguel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is an irregularly planned military outpost that follows a 450-meter perimeter on top of a mountainous cliff, oriented southwest to northwest. A chapel with a rectangular nave and narrow, lower presbytery lies outside the secondary wall, not too far from the entrance.
Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park

Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is a natural park in the Alentejo and Algarve regions of south-central Portugal. The park includes a range of natural habitats but also protects the cultural heritage of this historic coastline.
Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio is a large, harbor-facing square in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. This grand plaza is surrounded on three sides by distinctive yellow Pombaline style buildings, with the southern side facing out over the Tejo Estuary. At the plaza captains and merchants would plan perilous sea-voyages to Brazil, India and South East Asia and then trade their goods in return.
Palácio da Bolsa

Palácio da Bolsa or Stock Exchange Palace is a historical building in Porto and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside this neoclassical National Monument, you will visit the large central courtyard called Pátio das Nações or Courtyard of the Nations, enclosed by a glass structure which lets in a beautiful natural light into the whole Palace. The Golden Room, which is covered with gold-leaf, the General Assembly Room, completely decorated in wood and other splendid rooms until you get to the Palace’s highlight, the Arab Room.
Sanctuary of Fátima

Sanctuary of Fátima also known as Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima is a group of Catholic religious buildings and structures in Cova da Iria. the shrine consists of the Chapel of the Lausperene, a great oak tree near where the 1917 Marian Apparitions occurred, a monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Chapel of the Apparitions which contains the area where three children, Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, said they were first visited by the Virgin Mary.
Lisbon

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary, and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
Best Time To Visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal is from March to May and from September to October when the weather is pleasant and not too hot.

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