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Portugal shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain and is one of the best value destinations on the Continent of Europe. It offers outstanding landscape diversity with its green mountains in the north, a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and wonderful beaches in the Algarve on the south coast, all to be enjoyed on a Portugal vacation. It is one of the warmest European countries as Portugal’s yearly temperature averages are always moderate.

About Portugal

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese which is today one of the world's major languages, it is the language with the largest number of speakers in South America, spoken by almost all of Brazil's population. It is also the official language in Angola, Mozambique, and Macau. Although it may be mutually intelligible to the Spanish to a wide extent, it is far from identical.

Portuguese cuisine evolved from hearty peasant food drawn from the land, the seafood of the country's abundant coast and the cows, pigs and goats raised on the limited grazing land of its interior. In most places you will easily find fresh seafood such as lobster, mussels, sardines, oysters and clams. The drink of choice is wine. Red wine is the favourite among the locals, but white wine is also popular. Also Portugal has a variation of white wine that is actually green (Vinho Verde). Port wine may be an aperitif or dessert.

Fado is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status. You can hear this music and song at night on a Portugal tour in a Fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. 

What are the top cities to visit in Portugal?

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon has experienced a new lease of life in recent years. Built on seven hills and situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean.  It is a popular year-round destination. The city stretches along the northern bank of the river Tejo as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. In the city centre, Lisbon's main street, the Avenida da Liberdade, is, a broad boulevard lined with leafy trees, upscale hotels and upmarket shops. The old districts of Mouraria and Alfama retain their charm with their winding alleys and azulejo-covered crumbling walls. To the west, is a hill which rises steeply into Bairro Alto (upper town).  Still further west are the rapidly gentrifying former docks of Alcantara. 

Heading out of Lisbon on a Portugal vacation along the coastal road you will find beaches and beach resorts that combine villas and hotels from the beginning of the 20th century with marinas, terraces and excellent golf courses. These can be found in Cascais and Estoril.

Porto

Porto, a World Heritage city, is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco and also modern buildings such as Casa da Musica.  Coimbra is the third largest city in Portugal and is known for the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. There are many archaeological structures which date back to the Roman era here. Coimbra was the capital of Portugal from 1131 to 1255 and has evolved into a major cultural centre. The historical University buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The town of Sintra has been inhabited by man for a very long time.  Numerous archaeological remains, including prehistoric and historic remains testify to its antiquity. The town is surrounded by pleasant woods and an extensive range of green hills picturesquely situated and offering excellent views of the coastline to be experienced on Portugal trips. It has been called “a garden of earthly paradise".

Diana Temple

On a Portugal vacation, Evora is a delightful city that is situated in the heart of the arid Alentejo region of central Portugal. Evora makes for a wonderful visit with its traditional heritage and an unhurried ambience. Historically, Evora was an important trading and religious centre and this is reflected in the many attractions discovered within the city walls. The Diana Temple is regarded as the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula. Alcobaca is a city in the Estremadura Province with its Monastery of Alcobaca, one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in the country. In the church are the tombs of Pedro I of Portugal and his murdered mistress Ines de Castro. Nearby is the Monastery of Batalha, another gothic building. Serra da Estrela, the highest peak in mainland Portugal, has endless landscapes and glacial lagoons.  It has a number of marked hiking trails which cover the whole of the National Park. 

The Algarve is the stunning coastline of southern Portugal. Along the 160 kilometre/100 mile stretch of coastline are beautiful expanses of sand, rugged cliffs and hidden coves. The region is blessed with almost perfect weather. Each of the Algarve resort towns offers their own unique attractions but all provide great value and excellent facilities on a Portugal tour. Some of the major resorts are Albufeira, Faro, Portimao and Armacao de Pera. Golfing here is a very popular pastime.

Madeira

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the north coast of Africa is the island of Madeira, a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers together with the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation make it indeed an attractive destination. The springtime temperature which exists all year round allows for open air activities which include diving, surfing, swimming with Dolphins, whale watching or simply strolling.  The city of Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city, well known for its many top class restaurants and stunning hotels.

 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

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Four Perfect Days in Lisbon on a Portugal Vacation

Consider a Portugal Vacation for Your Winter Getaway

Portugal: Top Highlights for a 10-Day Vacation

Portugal vs Spain: Which Country is Right for Your Western Europe Trip?

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Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Portugal vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Portugal.

 

 

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  • Best of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon

    This Portugal tour takes you to most of the country’s key heritage sights, lingering in highlights such the Algarve, and giving you time to enjoy the country’s beautiful beaches.
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    11 Days
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    AU$ 3,207
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  • Discover Portugal: Lisbon to Porto

    This Portugal tour sets out from Lisbon, embarking on a weeklong journey covering the country’s best sites, including UNESCO World Heritage icons, beautiful and tasty wine regions, and splendid Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
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    11 Days
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  • Images of Portugal: Small Group: Lisbon to Porto

    Discover the colour and history of some of Portugal’s oldest and most interesting cities and towns. These include the capital, Lisbon, the old university city of Coimbra and the charming second city of Portugal, Porto plus enjoy visits to a number of interesting sites.
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    7 Days
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  • The North of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon

    While Lisbon gets a lot of the attention, this north Portugal tour opens up another beautiful corner of a fascinating country. Visit one of the world’s oldest universities, the burial site of Henry the Navigator, and heritage listed Oporto.
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  • The South of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon

    Discover the unique treasures of Algarve on this southern Portugal tour. Ideal for a short taste of the country beyond Lisbon, explore beautiful landscapes, Moorish history, and the flavours of this enchanting corner of Europe.
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  • Discover Lisbon

    Stay in moderate accommodations as you explore the world-class capital of Portugal. Tour the city to learn about its role in the Age of Discovery and see its most popular monuments, like Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. You’ll also visit nearby Sintra to see the strikingly-yellow Pena Palace.
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  • Discover Porto

    Enjoy the highlights of Porto as you stay in comfortable moderate accommodations and see the main points of interest on fascinating shared excursions. Explore the streets of the historic centre and enjoy a panoramic cruise of the Douro Valley and Port Wine tasting.
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  • Eat + Drink Lisbon

    Discover the sights, smells and tastes of exciting and historic Lisbon. Enjoy a small group walking excursion to one of Lisbon's oldest districts that includes tastings along the way, then take a cooking class to test your skills in the kitchen with a professional chef.
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  • Eat + Drink Porto

    Discover real food, real people and real passion in Porto. Stay in first class accommodations, enjoy a tour of the historic centre, visit local highlights and enjoy food and wine tastings. Then, head to Portugal's largest wine producing region, Vinho Verdo, for tastings with lunch included.
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  • Explore Northern Portugal Self Drive

    On this self-drive, discover the diversity of northern and central Portugal. From cities, mountains, and green vineyards producing vinho verde and port wine, to the wild sea, historic monasteries, and storied universities. This program has it all, staying in first class accommodations, plus 7-day car rental with insurance.
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  • Explore Southern Portugal Self Drive

    Discover Portugal from Lisbon, focusing on the sunny south of Portugal. See medieval cities, romantic palaces, UNESCO World Heritage sites, picturesque fishing villages, golden beaches and limestone cliffs. Stay 7 nights in first class accommodations, with a 7-day car rental including insurance, allowing endless options to discover at your own pace.
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  • Highlights of Lisbon

    Be captivated by the charm and history of Lisbon while staying in first-class accommodations on this city stay in the Portuguese capital. Marvel at Belem Tower, learn about the history of Europe’s greatest explorers, and discover medieval palaces and the soulful sounds of Fado on this unforgettable city stay.
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  • Highlights of Porto

    Stay in first class accommodations as you discover the heart and soul of Porto. Explore the wine culture of the Douro Valley and take a panoramic cruise. In the evening, a city tour gives you a taste of Porto after dark before enjoying dinner and Fado show on what's sure to be a memorable night.
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  • Highlights of the Algarve

    Discover the history and culture of the Algarve on this 4-day escape. Based in a first-class hotel, you’ll explore Lagos, Silves, and the Monchique in the Western Algarve and the relaxed environments of the Eastern Algarve, including Faro and the border region with Spain.
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  • Iberian Inspiration: Madrid, Toledo & Andalusia to Lisbon

    Seen Barcelona and Madrid? This Spain vacation takes you into the country’s south, including imperial Toledo, Corboda, Seville, and beautiful Granada. Steeped in history, this historic region will fascinate you magnificent architecture, delicious food, and unique Moorish influences.
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    11 Days
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  • Lisbon: Pousada de Lisboa: Stays of Distinction

    Explore the city of Lisbon at your own pace, with privately guided excursions and deluxe accommodations. See classic monuments, scenic vistas and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this captivating city. Then, visit the pilgrimage city of Fatima, the big waves of Nazare, and the medieval town of Obidos.
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    AU$ 2,218
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  • Porto and Enticing Douro by River Cruise: 10 Days Porto to Porto

    Spend 10 days exploring the charming region of the Douro River Valley, one of Europe's most unspoiled regions and Port country. Enjoy pre and post nights in Porto, the beautiful City of Bridges, then embark on a 7-night Ama Waterways river cruise as you taste historic wines and soak up beautiful landscapes.
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    10 Days
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    AU$ 4,626
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  • Porto and Enticing Douro by River Cruise: Porto to Porto

    Spend 12 days exploring the charming region of the Douro River Valley, one of Europe's most unspoiled regions and Port country. Discover Porto, the beautiful City of Bridges, then embark on a 7-night Ama Waterways river cruise as you taste historic wines and soak up beautiful landscapes.
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    12 Days
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  • Porto and Flavors of Portugal & Spain by River Cruise

    Explore the fascinating city of Porto before embarking on an 8-day Ama Waterway river cruise along the Douro River. Taste your way through the vineyards, visit traditional quintas, and discover the timeless traditions of Portugal before ending your journey in neighbouring Spain.
    Duration:
    11 Days
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    AU$ 4,956
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  • Porto: Pestana Palacio do Freixo: Stay of Distinction

    Stay in deluxe accommodations and enjoy privately guided excursions through the capital of the north and it's surrounding regions. See medieval alleys and historic monuments in Porto's enchanting atmosphere. Then, visit the Minho region's most historic cities of Guimarães and Braga.
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    4 Days
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    AU$ 2,051
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