Once upon a time, Portugal was a powerful kingdom. Now it is a backyard of Europe, where the wind of the Atlantic blows over sandy beaches rocking the branches of tall palm trees. Time flows slowly here. Portugal has retained its former nobility and their dignity is in the memory of the past centuries.
Take a moment to look at the ancient bridge of Ponte de Lima. Close your eyes and you can imagine Roman legions crossing the bridge, and Arabs in colourful turbans on the golden cliff above the bridge.
The charming famous town of Sintra, pride of all of Portugal, where in the dense greenery of lush groves you see roofs of the old villas.
The city of Porto gave its name to the country of Portugal, as well as to the wonderful port wine. Taste the magical drink in the port wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.
In the picturesque fishing villages of Alvor and Nazaré watch the fishermen slowly mend their nets, and see women in lush skirts lay fish to dry, like many centuries ago.
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is painted in pastel colors: blue, pink, and green. Here, the streets are paved with white sandstone and black basalt, and palace façades decorated with colorful ceramic tiles. Next to the mosaic pavements are moving vintage trams. You will not find wagons like that anywhere else in Europe: their first model was constructed back in 1898.
They are slowly crawling up the hill from the hill - the city is built on fourteen hills. With a steep slope overlooking the wide sea, the Tagus estuary and the main attractions of Portugal.
Facts about Portugal:
Portugal Area - 92,389 km
Capital of Portugal - Lisbon
Main cities of Portugal - Porto, Braga, Coimbra, Setubal
Currency - Euro
Population - 9.9 million
Languages – Portuguese
Religion - Catholicism
GDP - $ 10,731 per capita
Portugal is a relatively small country, at least compared to the neighbouring countries of France and Spain. The distance between Lisbon and Albufeira, the capital of the Algarve region,
is 260 km, and it should take you about 3 hours to travel between the two cities, by car or by train. You can fly into Lisbon, and then make that train or car trip, or you can go directly to the Algarve, in
which case your destination will be Faro (the second largest and busiest airport in Portugal)
Algarve is known as the Winter Garden of Portugal, and is sung in a popular ballad as Terra de amores e de basques, Terra de amores e de flores. Or the land of love and of woods; the land of love and of flowers. Algarve is of course world famous for its coastline and hundreds of world class beaches.
Albufeira is a seaside town in the Algarve region on the South coast of Portugal. It is one of the largest and most popular resorts in the country. Beautiful natural scenery, sand beaches and slender orange alleys create an unforgettable atmosphere. The historical part of Albufeira is a testament to the delights of medieval Arab architecture. A number of mosques and the so-called Moorish Arch are just two examples of masterpieces of Arab art in Portugal. Three hundred thousand tourists from all over the world come to Albufeira each year.