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  • Lisbon - the starting point of most Portugal vacations.
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  • Seafood cuisine

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. It is one of the warmest European countries as Portugal’s yearly temperature averages are always moderate.

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 in a Fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. 

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 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, 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. It has been called “a garden of earthly paradise".

Evora is a delightful Portuguese 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. Some of the major resorts are Albufeira, Faro, Portimao and Armacao de Pera. Golfing here is a very popular pastime.

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.

 

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.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,346
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Discover Portugal Back Roads: 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, places of pilgrimage, and splendid Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,652
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Small Group Tours
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,165
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Single Friendly, Small Group Tours
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Lisbon & Surrounds

    This short Lisbon city break keeps you based in the capital, with a day to explore and a chance to enjoy all its nightlife. Then each day trip offers you another slice of the full Portugal tour, as you explore one of Europe’s most influential, yet underrated countries.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 862
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Lisbon & the Algarve

    Explore the Algarve at your own pace on this self-guided Portugal vacation. Spend two nights experiencing the best of Lisbon, then retreat to the beautiful Algarve to enjoy your time at leisure.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 797
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Lodges & Beach Stays
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Lisbon Getaway

    Enjoy a Lisbon city break and discover the cultural centre of what was once one of the world’s most powerful empires. Discover the history, then enjoy the unique beauty and hospitality that still defines Lisbon today.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 592
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), & Salamanca (Spain) River Cruise

    Portugal may not be the first name you think of for a European cruise, but a journey up the Rio Douro might just change your mind. Set sail from Porto, travelling all the way up to Spain before returning.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,277
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Portugal to Spain River Cruise: Porto, Douro Valley, Salamanca Porto

    Portugal may not be the first name you think of for a European cruise, but a journey up the Rio Douro might just change your mind. Set sail from Porto, travelling all the way up to Spain before returning.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • The Algarve Long Stay

    Well-known for it's beaches, The Algarve has long been a popular destination for European travellers. Boasting a Mediterranean climate, The Algarve offers excellent cuisine and a range of activities at relatively low costs. In addition to its natural beauty, the area features a large network of golf courses.
    Duration:
    22 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,530
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Snowbird Long Stays
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,131
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,077
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • The Wonders of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon

    Don’t have time for the full Portugal tour? This short adventure from Lisbon takes you to delightful villages, UNESCO World Heritage sites and places of pilgrimage, returning each night to the capital.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 474
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
    Portugal See Trip Details
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