Where to Stay in Portugal
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Portugal is a truly colourful country with a long history and plenty to offer as a tourist destination. Not only are the locals very hospitable but they sure know how to entertain and cook up a serious feast. Over the past few centuries, we have seen all sorts of genius and expertise come from this country. The famous explorer, Vasco da Gama led the discovery of the trade route to India in 1498 and it is also the birth country of many famous musicians over the years including Nelly Futardo and Steve Perry (the lead singer of Journey). As far as choosing where to stay in Portugal, this will really depend on which part of the country you wish to see. Portugal includes both the mainland area, which is bordered by Spain, as well as Madeira and Azores. Compare the prices of the bed and breakfast, motels and hotels in Portugal and your personal preferences for accommodation.
Top places to visit in Portugal
Lisbon is both the largest city in Portugal as well as the capital. Many tourists visit this part of the country for a great shopping experience as well as the opportunity to see some of the country’s first shops. Streets are aptly named and you can find jewellery shops down Rua da Prata (Silver Street) and Rua do Ouro (Gold Street). Along Rua dos Fanqueiros (Drapers’ Street), shoppers can find clothing and textiles. A trip to the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte will allow you to enjoy some of the most amazing views of the city as does a trip on the Telecabine Lisboa. You also can’t help but notice just how many sights have been named after the famous Vasco da Gama. The Vasco da Gama Bridge, the Aquario Vasco da Gama, the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center and the Vasco da Gama Tower are just a few of the most famous.
Porto is another great city to visit with plenty to see. The famous local wine, known as Port, as well as the country’s name itself comes from this very city. If you are a lover of fine wines, you should definitely take the time to enjoy some of the local flavours.
In Porto, one of the most visited sights is the Ponte D. Luis I which was built in 1886 to join Porto with Gaia. The local river and parks in this city make the perfect places to relax and take your time enjoying the tranquil views. Another popular activity for locals and tourists is taking a slow stroll along the wharf. Plenty of famous explorers and sailors came from this country so enjoying some of the local boating culture will give you a real feel for their history and way of life.
Madeira and Azores
Azores is mostly known for its abundance of natural scenery including Pico Mountain, the Algar do Carvao caves and the quaint old structures that line the streets of the cities and towns.
As for Madeira, there is no shortage of beauty here. Explore some of your surroundings by horseback or put in some physical effort of your own to make your way to Pico do Arieiro. A trip on the Monte Cable Car is a great way to take in the view. That being said, beware of expensive taxis trying to convince you to ride back down with them. You can rather take the toboggan back down or, if you prefer walking, it will take you about 30 to 40 minutes.
The best part of visiting Portugal can quite easily be the food and wine experience. Port is a popular choice, as mentioned earlier, but Moscatel and Madeira wines are also fantastic depending on your preferences. There’s plenty of fresh fish on the menu at restaurants and cod is a big favourite in Portugal. You can also look forward to prego (grilled beef) sandwiches which and other delightful treats if you choose to eat from a fast food restaurant.