Top Places to Explore In Portugal This Year
Published: 01 May 2015
Portugal, in south-west Europe, is bound by Spain on the north and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. Home to exquisite examples of architecture, a glorious history and an extremely vibrant culture, it attracts tourists on Portugal package holidays from all over the world. Holidays in Portugal brim with exceptional sights and incredible travel experiences. Here are our pick of the top places to visit in Portugal that you should explore during your own Portugal holidays in 2015:
Located about 1500 kms from Lisbon, the Archipelago of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean comprises of 9 volcanic islands. Each of these amazing islands has its own distinct identity and you can spend days discovering their many delights. Visit Sao Miguel, the largest island in the Azores and the Ponta de Pico volcano on the island of Pico which in the highest mountain in the country. Besides these, you can also embark on a thrilling whale-watching excursion, soak in the goodness of hot mineral springs and take long walks as you explore the charming seaside towns here, all great things to do in Portugal.
Described by author and poet Hans Christian Anderson as the ‘most beautiful place’ in Portugal, Sintra is a quaint town nestled in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains on the Lisbon Coast. Revel in the beauty of the wooded hills that surround you here as you inspect magnificent palaces such as the Palacio Nacionel de Sintra and the Palacio de Pena. The historic homes, local cafes, craft shops and the famous Toy Museum are the other marvellous tourist attractions in Portugal that you can visit here.
Dramatic cliffs, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, scenic towns, historic monuments, mouth-watering delicacies and a gorgeous Mediterranean climate make Algarve one of the most amazing destinations you can explore when you visit Portugal. Traditional whitewashed villages, serene olive groves and fantastic coastline provide a visual treat and a range of brilliant travel experiences.
Famous for its wine, flower gardens and lush landscapes, Madeira is called the ‘Floating Garden of the Atlantic’. Located between Portugal and North Africa, this oasis of sorts is home to some famous Portugal attractions in its capital of Funchal, such as churches and fortresses and the renowned Lido Promenade that offers you wonderful views of the ocean.