Places in Portugal
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If you are wanting to make the most of your trip around beautiful Portugal, you can’t beat the freedom you get from traveling the country in a Motorhome or Camper. And nothing would give us greater pleasure than helping you do that. We know our Country!
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Population ca. 10 Million
- Capital city Lisbon
- Time zone: GMT (same as London)
- Religion: Roman Catholic and Muslim
- Emergency number: Police 115 / 112
- Electricity: 220v continental dual pin
- Border crossings: Portugal is a Schengen state
Not surprisingly, considering its close proximity to northern Africa, Portugal is one of the warmest European countries with an average temperature of 15°C in the north and 18°C in the south. It can become rainy and windy during autumn and winter, but spring and summer see temperatures soar to as high as 40°C around the interior and 35°C in the north.
NORTH of PORTUGAL
Visit the ancient Portuguese city of Porto and the Douro river valley, famed for Port wine, and the very birth of the country in the 12th century. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage city, the Douro Valley a World Heritage site. Visit a wine-producing quinta, join in the grape harvest, or simply enjoy a wine tasting in the perfect location.
Aveiro, has a compact centre of handsome buildings and open squares, though what strikes most are its canals, looped over by footbridges and plied by colourful cruise boats. Aveiro grows upon visitor
Parque Natural Peneda Gerês, In the extreme north-east of Portugal, is the only Portuguese protected area that has been classified as a National Park. It is a world apart, where human activity is integrated in a harmonious manner with nature.
Guimarães is often heralded as where “Portugal was born”, thanks to a wealth of history. From the beautiful palace to the commanding castle, it’s no wonder that Guimaraes was selected to host the European Capital of Culture in 2012. The Historic Centre of Guimarães is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
CENTER of PORTUGAL
Coimbra, situated on a hill above the Rio Mondego, it’s a wonderfully moody place, full of ancient alleys and lanes, spreading around the country’s oldest university.
Óbidos, is a tiny city that isn’t really well known in international tourism, a little town with a medieval castle and the white and yellow houses.
Everybody who came to Lisbon (Lisboa) ended up loving it!. Mainland Europe’s westernmost capital, is a fascinating and inspiring place to spend a few days, thanks to its wonderful waterfront location, balmy climate and quirky range of attractions that combine a place-that-time-forgot feel with a modern vibrancy that few European cities can match.
A short way inland from Lisbon, the UNESCO heritage site of Sintra enjoys a cool mountainside location, which made it a favoured summer destination for Portugal’s royals. Sintra is the equivalent to a fairy tale. This little city, has so many castles that it is almost unreal: Don’t miss a colorful Palácio da Pena, which looks like straight out of a Disney movie.
Cascais is a wonderful place to relax, to stroll, to rent a bike to cycle to even more beautiful beaches (surf Guincho), and to be awe-struck if you visit famous boca do inferno at sunset.
A trip to Portugal is not complete without listening to Fado music, Portugal’s homegrown folk music.
The center is well known for its beautiful beaches, is a must to give yourself a day on the beache like São Martinho do Porto, Foz do Arelho, Nazaré (BIGGEST WAVE in the World surfed), Figueira da Foz, Praia de Mira, Peniche (great place for surfers).
River beaches – With calm waters and no nasty undercurrents or danger of anyone accidentally drifting or being swept out to sea, they are safer and easier for both splashing around and serious swimming. Most river beaches also have a lifeguard on duty and a first aid point during peak periods, just in case!
Other places you can’t miss: Santarém, Alcobaça (Mosteiro de Alcobaça), Batalha (Mosteiro da Batalha), Penha Garcia (Geopark Naturtejo old trilobites fossil), Serra da Estrela ( Mountain villages, tumbling rivers and glacial valleys), Mafra (Converto de Mafra), Ericeira (Surf)
SOUTH of PORTUGAL
The Alentejo covers a huge area, almost a third of the country. This is Portugal’s garden, the bulk of the region given over to huge cork plantations, wheat fields and vineyards – and though much of it is flat, the region repays exploration, offering unexpected surprises, from ancient dolmens and superbly sited castles to Roman ruins and sweeping Atlantic beaches.
While there are some beaches more popular than others like the beaches of Algarve located at the South coast of Portugal. With many of the country’s safest and loveliest beaches, and a year-round balmy climate, it is not surprising that the Algarve is Portugal’s most popular region for holiday-makers.
Évora is a beautiful little town, which is an art historian’s dream come true: From ancient Roman temple ruins to medieval city walls and churches, Évora is overflowing with history and great architecture.
Enjoy the sea breeze swept off the Atlantic along the Alentejan Coast of Portugal (Costa Visvcentina), where kilometers of sandy beach are lined with surfboarders making the most of the pounding waves.