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Holidays to Portugal

Portugal remains the land of tradition, with its vibrant cities and traditional villages holding firm to its cultural roots. The country is strewn with World Heritage Sites, and ancient wonders waiting to be explored.

Porto is one of those magical places in Portugal that should not be overlooked. It is filled with broad plazas, picturesque neighbourhoods, and old-fashioned trams that make their way through the streets. This quaint city offers cruises along the River Douro in boats that were once used to transport wine from the local vineyards.

Holidays to Portugal will require taking a camera to photograph many 12th century wonders around Porto. The hilltop location of the Porto Cathedral is an ideal spot to take great photos of the countryside. Not far away are the Praca da Riberia, the Avenida dos Aliados and the Torre dos Clerigos, which is a water tower that offers views that are even more exceptional.

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, is another popular travel destination. Lying along the Atlantic coast as well as being next to the River Tagus, Lisbon is home to the Monsanto Forest Park, one of Europe’s largest urban parks. Lisbon also has great shopping in Baixa, its public square in the city centre, along with the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos opera house and the Castle of Sao Jorge that should be included in any Lisbon tour.

Some important aspects to life in Portugal include its music. The melancholic Fado music, which is the country’s traditional sound, can be heard in most clubs and bars throughout Coimbra or Lisbon. Another important aspect to the country is its spiritual shrine that can be seen at Fatima. This shine has been an important part of Roman Catholic’s pilgrimages since 1917.

There are also the beautiful port houses in the Vila Nova de Gaia that should not be missed during your holidays to Portugal. These lodges where port wine is stored are a splendid place to taste one of the region’s best products.

Guimaraes is a quaint town that is the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. This mediaeval town is lined with cobbled lanes, narrow streets and castle ruins, one being the former Duke of Baganca’s palace.

For those looking to experience the older side of Portugal, include a visit to the town of Tavira in your holidays to Portugal. This is one of the country’s least spoilt and oldest towns. It reflects both Renaissance and gothic styles with its Roman bridge with seven arches, churches, fortifications and manicured island beach.

Climate

Portugal generally experiences dry and hot summers with relatively mild winters. The summer months, which are from May to September, average 24C / 75F. The hottest month is August with highs around 28C / 82F. The country usually enjoys 3,300 hours of sunshine a year. Its winters are pleasant and mild with the coldest months being December and January with day temperatures of 14C / 57F, yet snowfall is not unheard of.

Currency

Any holidays to Portugal will require you to change your currency into Euros.

 

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