Posts Tagged ‘portugal’

March 29, 2013 8:11 pm

Today We’re Dreaming of…Portugal!

Portugal seems to have it all – white sand beaches, a bustling European metropolis, old stone castles, fishing villages, good food and drink, and not too many tourists. We think it would be the perfect destination for someone looking to experience the flavor of Europe, in a laid-back, quiet way. If you do go to Portugal, here’s what you need to experience:

1. Belem

If you’re a history buff (and even if you’re not) you’ll definitely appreciate Lisbon’s 16th century stone tower. A UNESCO World Heritage monument, the top of the tower offers breathtaking views of the Tagus River.

2. Alfama

The Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood and certainly its most interesting. Tourists will love getting lost in its winding, mazelike, cobblestone streets. This is the kind of neighborhood where women hang their laundry out the windows. It’s also the birthplace of the fado – traditional Portuguese music that can be heard on nearly every corner.

3. Azores

A cluster of nine islands nearly 1000 miles from Portugal’s mainland, the Azores Islands are a little slice of paradise. The lifestyle is definitely slower than on the mainland, but visitors will enjoy exploring the breathtaking scenery, and participating in village life. On Sao Miguel, the natural hot springs are a special treat – the volcanic ground is so hot that you can cook an entire meal underground (another thing to do if you go!).

4. Porto

The birthplace of port wine, in Porto you’ll eat very well, you’ll relax in its laid-back atmosphere, and you’ll fall in love with this old, historic urban center. With a mixture of the medieval and the modern, Porto always offers something to admire.

5. Algarve

The Algarve is a region in southern Portugal offering sun-seeking visitors a Mediterranean climate amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. It’s Portugal’s most popular vacation spot with its secluded beaches, top-notch resorts, and vibrant city life.

What country are you dreaming of? Let us know in a comment below.