Enjoy the Hospitality Of Portugal

GlyLowe Lisbon Tower

Today’s post was provided by Kendra, writing all about the hospitality you can find in Portugal. Enjoy!

When most people plan a trip to southern Europe, they usually visit Spain or Italy. However, Portugal is a less-popular destination that has so much to offer, including warm hospitality, stunning vistas and diverse attractions. If you are contemplating spending some time in Spain in the near future, why not take a side trip to neighbouring Portugal to enjoy all that it has to offer?

As you fly into Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, the first thing you notice is the vast expanse of gleaming white houses with red tile roofs that greet you as you descend. These seem welcoming, and radiate a warmth that is typical of the city. Lisbon is one of the most scenic cities in Europe, with places to visit such as the Belem Tower, an ornate watchtower built in the early 1500s that has been declared a UNESCO world heritage monument.

Other places to see include St. George’s Castle, a thousand-year-old fort that overlooks the city’s medieval Alfama district, and the Madre De Deus Convent, home to one of the most beautiful tiled churches in the world.

However, perhaps the greatest attraction of all in Lisbon is the delectable seafood. There are many upscale seafood restaurants throughout the city, but perhaps the best way to enjoy the ocean’s bounty is sitting at a local waterfront café dangling your feet over the age of the bay and drinking the robust local wine. Unlike some of the fine dining establishments in the city, these cafés are incredibly economical, while offering fish that tastes like it was plucked out of the water a few minutes ago.

Another spectacular area of Portugal to visit is the Algarve. Situated on the south coast, it covers approximately 2000 square miles and is home to slightly less than half a million inhabitants. Starting in the 1960s, it started to see an increase in visitors, and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Aside from stunning Mediterranean landscapes, ranging from rugged mountains in the north through to pristine beaches in the south, it is also home to literally dozens of superb golf courses that draw in enthusiasts from Europe and around the world. If you are planning to visit the Algarve, there are also many excellent hotels and resorts, such as the Clube Praia da Oura, which offers direct access to the Algarve’s famed Golden Beach.

Algarve

Finally, if you love fine wines, why not spend some time in Oporto, home to the eponymous port wine. Located in northern Portugal, it is one of the oldest centres of European civilization – it started out as an outpost of the Roman Empire. Due to its long history, the architecture in Oporto is both majestic and diverse, and it is also home to one of the most prestigious architectural schools in the world. Oporto offers a huge range of different cultural attractions, one of the reasons that it was named the European Cultural Capital in 2001.



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