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Portugal , in Southern Europe, shares the Iberian peninsula at the western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbor, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Spain may be one of the best value destinations on Europe t. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve. The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has also turned the country into a golfing haven. Portugal was recently named "Best Golf Destination 2008" by readers of Golfers Today, a British publication. Fourteen of Portugal's courses are rated in the top 100 best in Europe. If you want a condensed view of European landscapes, culture and way of life, Portugal might very well fit the bill.

If you are into visiting beautiful monuments and enjoy remarkable views, then Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto are the top three places, and all of them are well worth a visit. But don't overlook Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães, Coimbra, Tomar, Aveiro, Amarante, Braga, Bragança, Chaves, Lamego, Viseu, Vila Real, Lagos, Silves, Évora, Angra as they also have wonderful monuments and places of interest. The most popular beaches are in the Algarve, which has stunning coastlines and gobs of natural beauty. The water along the southern coast tends to be warmer and calmer than the water along the west coast, which is definitely Atlantic and doesn't benefit of the Gulf Stream. For surfing, or just playing in the surf there are great beaches all along the west coast, near Lisbon and Peniche. For nightlife Lisbon, Porto and Albufeira, Algarve are the best choices as you have major places of entertainment. If you want to spend your holidays in the countryside, you might want to visit Viana do Castelo, Chaves, Miranda do Douro, Douro Valley, Lamego, Tomar, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Guarda, Portalegre, Évora, Elvas or even Viseu. And even if you wish to observe wild life in its natural state, Madeira and Azores Islands are places to remember, not forgetting of course the Natural Reserve of Peneda-Gerês, the Douro Valley and Serra da Estrela.

Beaches: Surrounded by sea in almost its entirety, the Portuguese beaches are well worth visiting. A lot of activities are offered, from surfing, to kite-surfing, and during the summer months the most frequented beaches offer sand based activities such as aerobics. If you're not the type of breaking into a sweat during holidays, almost every single public beach will have a bar where locals sit. Some of the most popular beaches are (from north to south):
Espinho, near Oporto, in Costa Verde/Green Coast, northern region.
Figueira da Foz, near Coimbra, in Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, central region.
Peniche
Praia das Maçãs and Praia Grande[Sintra], Carcavelos and Estoril[Cascais], near Lisbon, in the Costa de Lisboa.
Zambujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo region/Costa Alentejana e Vicentina.
Salema, Praia da Rocha, in the Algarve.

Golf: The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has turned the country into a golfing haven. Portugal was recently named "Best Golf Destination 2006" by readers of Golfers Today, a British publication. Fourteen of Portugal's courses are rated in the top 100 best in Europe. Portugal is also a great location to learn the game and perfect technique. Many resorts offer classes with the pros. Courses can satisfy the most demanding golfer, while newcomers won't be intimidated, unless they find the beautiful landscapes and stunning vistas distracting to their game. Locals have mixed feelings about golf courses, namely due to the huge amounts of water required to maintain them and their apparent pointlessness. The countryside also offers a great deal of possibilities, although you will have to incite the travel agent's advice a little more than usual, as they tend to just sell beach holidays. Cycling through the mountainous terrain of Geres or white-water rafting in the affluents of river Douro is an exhilirating experience.

Events : There are several Fairs, specially in the Summer months, particularly in Northern Portugal. During the summer, music festivals are also very common. In the north of the country two of the oldest festivals such as Paredes de Coura and Vilar de Mouros. The regions chosen for the festivals are most of the time surrounded by beautiful landscapes and pleasant villages. In the south, the most famous one is Festival do Sudoeste, in the west part of the south cost with a summer landscape and never ending beaches.

Portugal  Cities & Atractions :
Lisbon (Lisboa) - national capital, city of the seven hills
Aveiro - the "Venice" of Portugal
Braga - city of Archbishops
Coimbra - home of the ninth oldest university in the world.
Évora - "Museum City", Alentejo regional capital
Funchal - the capital of Madeira
Guimarães - the founding place of the nation
Porto (Oporto) - the northern capital, "Invincible City", along the river Douro and the Atlantic Ocean
Tomar - Templar city
Viseu - In the heart of Portugal (No Coração de Portugal)
Viana do Castelo - Famous for the Nossa Senhora da Agonia Festival.

Other Destinations :
Aveiro  -  Praia D'El Rey  -  Peneda-Gerês National Park  -  Douro & Coa - river valleys
Cabo da Roca
- the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and European continent, near Cascais
Sintra - stunning views, and a royal castle
Serra da Estrela
Coa Valley
a registered World Heritage Site
Pinhel  -  Guarda  -  Monsanto  -  Lamego  -  Chaves  -  Amarante  -  Lagos
Fátima
- famous for religious visions of the Holy Mary
Marvao  -  Serpa

Portugal Flights & Airports : Almost all major airlines fly to Portugal (British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa), besides the country's own TAP Portugal. There are three international airports in the mainland: Lisbon / Portela (in the north of the city, and not far from the centre),near Loures; Porto/Pedras & Rubras/Sá Carneiro (also north of the city and relatively close to it), in Maia; and Faro, in the Algarve. The Madeira and Azores Islands also have international airports, Madeira/Funchal(FNC); Ponta Delgada (PDL)(São Miguel island). From the United States, US Airways  offers many flights to Portugal via Philadelphia, SATA INT. / AIR AZORES, from Boston, and Providence(seasonally), TAP Portugal and Continental from Newark.

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