Monday, July 25, 2011

Things to do in Portugal


Portugal was once one of the most powerful and dominant countries in the world with its empire including colonies in China, Africa and the whole of Brazil. These days it’s still considered one of the most beautiful and enticing countries in Europe and no matter what you look for in a holiday, there are plenty of great things to do in Portugal for everyone.

Things to do on the Algarve

The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations for tourists. It sits right at the southernmost tip of the country offering the best of the weather and miles of amazing golden beaches. If you love your history then you have to check out the Milreu ruins which are just outside of Faro are date back to the 3rd century. If you prefer your history slightly more intact then head over to Silves Castle which dates back to the 8th century and built by the Moors. If your idea if a great holiday involves more action then the Algarve is one of the premiere destinations for water sports. Being exposed to the open Atlantic means there are some amazing waves and whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro you could quite easily find yourself spending your entire vacation in the water.

Things to do in Lisbon

If you love the hustle and bustle of a city break then you need to head over to the capital, Lisbon. Despite the majority of the city being completely destroyed in 1755 by an earth quake there’s still some fascinating architecture to see. Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most breathtaking and imposing buildings in the city limits built in 1502 in honour of Vasco Da Gama’s voyage to India. If you’ve got children to entertain and don’t find the thought of looking round old building appealing then the Oceanaruim is one of the largest aquariums in the world and you can see everything from otters and penguins to sharks and fish. If you love your fashion then Lisbon is definitely the city for you, the shops alone would make the trip worthwhile, the MUDE (Design and Fashion Museum) has to be on the list for every fashion lover to visit too.

Things to do in Northern Portugal

If you want a real action adventure holiday then you’re after the north of Portugal where you can try your hand at anything from skiing and snowboarding to surfing and wind surfing. Another very popular sport in Portugal is golf and you can find some of the best courses in the world here waiting for you. Northern Portugal offers much more than just sports though and it’s slightly milder climate makes it ideal for those who can’t take too much heat. The north of this country offers some of the most delicious wine in Europe which can be sampled in most the cafes and bars littered around the picturesque northern towns. Of course a good wine is best sampled with a truly amazing meal and you’ll find some of the most authentic Portuguese food waiting for you in these northern towns. After a busy day of action sports and superb food and drink you might want something a little quieter so head on over to the Museu de Ceramica or Braga Town where you’ll find a breath taking selection of stunning architecture to wonder around.

This article courtesy of Jessica who works for Live in Portugal who provide banking in Portugal for non residents

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