Faro is located at one of the most southern points of Portugal in the Algarve region. The city serves as the administrative centre for the whole Algarve region and has about 55.000 inhabitants. In the city both Arab as Roman ruins can be found. An attractive part of the town is the old part which is still surrounded by Roman walls dating back to the 9th century. Inside the walls a big open square is found, which was once the site of a Roman Forum and a 13th century Cathedral facing a 18th Century Episcopal palace. Also the neighboring 16th century Convent is a fascinating building which is nowadays used as an archaeological museum. The museum has a section which is devoted to the occupation of the Arabs. The Nossa Senhora do Carmo church is known as the best example of gold leaf woodwork in Southern Portugal. The church is also known for its spectacular chapel lined with bones from over 1200 monks.
The Ria Formosa lagoon is a nature reserve spreading over more than 17.000 hectares. The whole area is known as a stopping place for hundreds of different migrating birds, which can be seen during the spring and autumn.
There is also a beach within 7 km of the city which is also close to the International Airport. There are various events and festivals organized by the cultural department of the municipal council which can be very entertaining.
The nearby town of Almancil is known for its 18th century São Lourenço de Matos church with its beautiful blue tiles and is easy to reach from Faro.
The well known tourism destinations Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are also close to Faro. These are provide tourists with 7 top quality golf courses, riding schools, tennis centers, holiday resorts, hotels and holiday rentals.
Albufeira is an old town with some nice streets with flourishing restaurants, bars, cafes and shops located in the central Algarve region of Portugal. Once visiting the town of Albufeira it is easy to understand why it attracts thousands of visitors every year. The coloured houses in Albufeira marina, the beautiful sandy beaches and also the lively nightlife in São João are wonderful tourism attractions. In Albufeira you can find something for all kind of visitors, it is perfect for families, but also for couples, singles and actually people of all ages. It is also easy to visit because of its close distance to Faro Airport.
The town has a long history and existed already in Roman times under the name Baltum. Then in the 8th century the city was taken by the Moors and called Al-buhera. Finally the city was taken from the Moors by the Knights of the Order of Santiago in the 13th century. The city used to have a castle dating back from Roman times, but like many others in the region it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755.
Until the 1960s Albufeira was a small Portuguese fishing village. Then the arrival of tourism changed the town into a major holiday destination. At the moment there are more than 100 hotels to be found in Albufeira and also holiday rentals and bungalows are very popular with tourists in the area.
The nice thing of the Albufeira as well as many places in Portugal that it is a perfect tourism destination al year through. The streets especially fill up in the summer months, but also autumn and winter are very good seasons to visit. The climate is very soothing and the bars, restaurants and shops in the whole Algarve don’t close down.
The Island of Madeira is one of the most visited tourism destination of Portugal. The island is located 310 miles from the African coast and 620 from the European continent. From Lisbon it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes by airplane. The archipelago was discovered in 1418 by the Portuguese and is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the two uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas.
The islands have a mountainous relief and a very comforting climate. Average temperatures are between 22ºC in the summer and 16ºC in the winter. The temperature of the water is also perfect which is between 22ºC in the summer and 18ºC in the winter.
As a tourism destination the island has quite some activities to offer. The island is well known for being one of the best big game fishing spots of the Atlantic where you can fish for Blue Marlin, Big-Eye Tuna, Blue Fin Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo and Sharks. Besides fishing it is also interesting to see the amazing water world beneath the surface while enjoying scuba diving on the island. Besides the marine life, the island has amazing views, interesting flora and fauna and people can enjoy doing extended walks like the levada walks, which can be done with different kind of levels with different kind of sights.
There are nice flower gardens to be visited with beautiful orchids, people can play golf on the island, there are plenty of good restaurants with beautiful views and there is much more to be done on the island of Madeira
Lisbon is the beautiful capitol city of Portugal, where the sun shines whole year through. Lisbon is a perfect vacation destination. The city offers something for every kind of tourist. There is a lot of art to be find, interesting architecture, historical culture, you can go shopping and enjoy nice food. Lisbon, cidade das sete colinas (city of the seven hills) is found at the Atlantic Ocean and through the city runs the Rio Tejo. The old buildings and the small paved streets are one of the remaining of the rich cultural history.
The countries most important harbor is also found in Lisbon and therefore you can see a strong marine influence like the old fishing culture, the cuisine with a big variety of shellfish and other ´fruits of the sea´.
Lisbon has quite some interesting neighborhoods which all have their own different attractions and sights. You could for example visit the Bairro Alto, which is the most colourful neighborhood in Lisbon, where you can find a lot of bars, art galleries and the Chiado museum. Other interesting neighborhoods can be Alfama, Castelo, Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês Pombal, Estrela, Santos, Lapa, Baixa, and Belem.
The Algarve is located at the southest part of Portugal. The Algarve is culturally very interesting, the area has been governed by the Moors until the 15th century and has left its traces in the area. The castle of Silves and the white plastered little houses are built in an Arabic style. Besides its cultural aspects the Algarve has a lot more to offer. There is over 200 kilometers of beaches. Often the beaches are to be found in the bays, some of the beaches can only be reached by climbing down rocks or carved stairs. These beaches give their visitors a more private and unique experience.
The Algarve has a really nice climate with an average summer temperature of 24 degrees. The hottest months are in July and august and reaches around 30 degrees. In the winter season there is an average temperature of 14 degrees.
Besides the beach, the backlands of the Algarve have a lot of picturesque villages with their nice small white houses, romantic local town squares and churches. The villages are in between the green hills. The highest point of the Algarve reaches about 900 meters, from this point, called the Serra de Monchique you can enjoy beautiful views.
Along the coastal area you can find a lot of small fisher villages with their cozy small and steep streets where you can enjoy the various little restaurants, bars and terraces. For entertainment you can find a lot of discos and bars in places like Albufeira, Quarteira, Praia de Rocha and Lagos.
The Algarve is one of the tourism hotspots of Portugal, which has a lot to offer for different kind of people with different interests. Besides cultural activities and beaches it also offers possibilities for different kind of activities like water sports, horseback riding or enjoy one of the beautiful golf courses like for example at Quinta Do Lago.
Portugal land of fado, beautiful beaches and cultural treasures
Every year Portugal has been a growing holiday destination. Portugal has so many different things to see like the fairytale palaces of Sintra, the amazing ravines in Serra da Estrela, the beautifull beaches in the Algarve, the romantic neighborhoods in Lisbon and the snowwhite villages in Alentejo. And while going out for dinner you can enjoy really nice food accompanied with the popular Portugese fado music.
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