Where to go in Portugal part i

The obvious places to visit in Portugal are its divine capital city – Lisbon, and the Algarve – the superb beach lovers’ paradise that has continuously put Portugal on the travel map for the last fifty years or so. But there is far more to this diverse and astonishingly pretty and spectacular country than just a capital city and a few nice beaches:

Lisbon

In Portugal’s divine capital city modernity and tradition live seamlessly juxtapose. The city built within walls is perhaps most famous for its iconic tram network that climbs risibly steep gradients to transport locals (and tourists) up and down its many hills. Home to the Castle of Saint George, the Se and some amazing churches, museums and art galleries with beautiful collections of modern and traditional paintings and objects.

Sintra

Not far from Lisbon, Sintra is a former royal hideaway where a beautiful cobbled village houses upmarket tea rooms, a sensational royal palace and the mind altering Palacio Pena all amidst a spectacular wooded hill.

Porto

Portugal’s second city and economic heart. A friendly city famous for its pretty riverside location and port wine lodges.

Coimbra

The vibrant medieval university town of Coimbra sat atop a hill above the beautiful Rio Mondego. Home to cobbled alleys and atmospheric lanes.

Evora

The Roman town of Evora is a very likeable, impressive and friendly place home to a medieval walls, a Roman temple and an array of palaces dating from the sixteenth century.

Braga

A lovely little city that houses more religious monuments and buildings than you can shake an ancient ecclesiastical stick at. Worth visiting even if you don’t have a religious bone in your body.

Guarda

Guarda’s locals claim that their city – at 1000m altitude – is the highest city in Europe.  This windswept city commands fantastic vistas into Spain and is for sure, the highest city in Portugal.

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