Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From the imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-coloured buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
Visitors can enjoy walking along the streets in the Baixa Pombalina that open onto the Tagus at Praça do Comércio and, following the river, discover some of the most beautiful places in the city, such as the monumental area of Belém, medieval neighbourhoods, as as well as more recent leisure areas, such as Parque das Nações or the Docas.
Both north and south of the capital, the wide variety of landscapes and cultural experiences are always within walking distance. With beaches, natural parks, cultural routes and delicious food, Lisbon should be on your travel list.
The city has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network under the category of City of Music since 2017. Amarante's origin dates to the primitive peoples that hunted and gathered in the Serra da Aboboreira, sometime during the Stone Age, and extended during the Bronze Age and later the Romanization of the Iberian peninsula, so there is a wealth of history to explore. Sweettooths will adore the pastry shops unique to the area – look out for the The traditional St. Gonçalo cakes. The landscape offers incredible sights and historical buildings, making a walking tour well worth the experience.
Monchique is a unique area of the Algarve, located inland. Monchique is a Portuguese village in the district of Faro, which is in the Serra de Monchique, a mountain range full of chestnut groves and fields of wild flowers that become particularly beautiful in early spring, with the yellow splendour of the mimosa bushes.
Attractions include a historic town centre, views from the two peaks of Foia and Picota, hiking, bird watching and biking. There are hot sulphur springs, with baths and health spas six kilometres south in 'Caldas de Monchique' (Spring of Monchique). Eucalyptus, cork oak, oranges, lemons, honey, olive oil, chestnuts, scissor chairs made from chestnut wood, black pork and black pork ham and sausages are the chief products.
The natural mineral water of Monchique is born from the depths of the earth, on a slope located in the tectonic valley that divides the Serra de Monchique, and is one of the highlights of the region. Água de Monchique has been referred to as “holy” water and is the most alkaline water in Portugal.
The cultural landscape of Sintra is located in Portugal’s central region, at the extreme west of the Iberian Peninsula and a few kilometres away from the Atlantic Ocean. Seen from a distance, it gives the impression of an essentially natural landscape that is distinct from its surroundings: a small chain of forested granite mountains rising over the hilly rural landscape. When seen from closer at hand, the Serra reveals a surprisingly rich cultural evidence spanning over several centuries of Portugal's history.
This cultural landscape is an extraordinary and unique complex of parks, gardens, palaces, country houses, monasteries and castles, which create an architecture that harmonises with the exotic and overgrown vegetation, creating micro-landscapes of exotic and luxuriant beauty.
Discover Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo is the northernmost Atlantic city in Portugal, located about 45 minutes from Porto's international airport. It is located on the Portuguese Way path, an alternative path of the Camino de Santiago, and at the mouth of the Lima river. The presence of the river, the hills and the sea gives the city excellent landscape features that delight the senses.
The city offers a variety of theatres, cinemas, libraries and museums – providing conditions for cultural enrichment to residents and visitors. The unparalleled wealth of Viennese ethnography, which makes the city the capital of Portuguese folklore, as well as the originality of its handicrafts, with special emphasis on tableware and embroidery, makes this area a real attraction.
About Baião, Douro
Baião is a Portuguese village in the district of Porto, North region and sub-region of Tâmega e Sousa. The settlement of the county's territory dates back to references from 11th-century Baião. It was granted a charter in 1513 by D. Manuel I. Its main monuments are the Castro do Cruito, the Pelourinho da Teixeira, the Convent of Ancede and the Casa de Tormes. The primary sector dominates the county's economy, with agriculture being the main activity in the various parishes. In fertile soils, cereals, vegetables, fruits and wines are produced. The harvest takes place around the month of September, where baskets are loaded with grapes and carried by hand. The heritage wine presses are something to be seen.
Évora is a historic city in the heart of Alentejo, heir to a rich and varied cultural heritage, built and preserved over time, founded (or refounded) by the Roman people. The historical and artistic heritage that is preserved in the city today resulted from the establishment of some courts in the city. Évora has been classified as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1986. Visitors can experience the ancient charm in the city’s medieval streets, in the exuberant palaces, monasteries and churches, and in social spaces and eateries.
The district of Aveiro captures the essence of a destination you would expect to see in a travel book, with its gondola-like moliceiros, natural lagoons, elegant 19th-century architecture and cobbled passageways. It is a special place where the old-world charm combines with modernity.