The adventure of discovering a destination that has it all
It is often said that Portugal is one of the European countries with the best balance between tourist attractions. From the originality of its architecture to the charm of its coasts and cities, the Luso country has managed to perfectly protect its great symbols and history.
Portugal is the country of the great explorers and navigators. It's where you will hear the singing and crying of the nostalgic Portuguese music of fado. And it's where the exploits of its adventurers are subtlety recorded in tiles. The Atlantic solitude of Madeira and The Azores are also part of a destination that you will be more than surprised.
Our main ports of embarkation in Portugal
Discovering Lisbon and its surroundings
Built on seven hills corresponding to seven neighborhoods, Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. You can lose yourself in it through its old trams or go up the lookouts to enjoy fabulous views. At your feet will be spread a beautiful carpet of red roofs and the slow course of the Tagus River.
The city has changed a lot over the last decade. However, it has not lost one iota of its nostalgic feel that winds through the streets of the Alfama. Then you have the Squares of Rossio, San Jorge Castle, the churches, museums, palaces, the Botanical Garden and the houses of fado. There are so many attractions in a city such as Lisbon that you will want to return as soon as you can.
Not far from Lisbon, Sintra is one of the trips you simply have to take. A small traditional village, it's of the most magical and seductive corners of Europe. The variety of fascinating historical buildings and beautiful landscapes have made Sintra a tourist destination that will astound you.
Almost as surprising to us as it appears before our eyes is Cascais. It started as a fishing village and has a very nice historical center. However, it has great summer mansions that perfectly complement the natural surroundings and add a different touch of glamour. And its beaches and natural landscapes are among the most striking in Portugal.
A cocktail of spirituality, history and nature
At the other end of Cascais you will fine Fatima, the small village where the shrine of the same name is located. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest references to Marian devotion in the world and it attracts pilgrims from every corner. However, this is also a place for nonbelievers, as everything that revolves around it is full of history, magic and magnetism.
If history has a fundamental role in Portugal, in Óbidos it is right there to see. This small medieval walled town is one of the most picturesque in southern Europe. Its historic center will take us on a journey back in time to the Middle Ages. Its narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses are decorated with flowers while vivid touches of yellow and blue paint merge into a fascinating charm.
If you were to seek a natural area in Portugal, the place you would certainly find would be the Tapada Nacional de Mafra. An area of over 800 hectares, it is home to deer, wild boars, foxes and birds of prey as well as many other species. In its time, it was the favorite of the kings of Portugal. Today you can explore it on foot, bicycle and even by tourist train.
Portugal's big cities are dotted with monuments built in the Manueline Gothic style. In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, colonial successes of the great Portuguese conquerors encouraged the sovereign country to enrich the cultural and artistic legacy of the great Portuguese cities.
Fortunately, most of that wealth of monuments can still be seen and appreciated today. It is virtually impossible to resist the charm of a country that overwhelms with its historical and natural beauty. If you add the pitiful echoes of fado to that background, the adventure of getting to know Portugal becomes even more charming and sensual.