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Alentejo is one of the most beautiful and charming regions in the world, with Évora city centre considered by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Located just one-hour drive from Lisbon that should be a reason to visit Alentejo for itself. Plus, the indulgent Wine and food tours, with one of the best wineries and wine tastings in Portugal.
The Algarve is one of the best places to live in Portugal and nowhere else in the world could you have a lifestyle quite like the one you could have while living on the southern coast of Portugal. With miles of rugged coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, traditional fishing villages serving up fresh seafood and mysterious caves, this is one seriously varied spot. This region is famous for being a top destination for anyone looking forward to spending some days in the sun. With 3,300 hours of sunshine per year, this will be the perfect place to live year-round and escape the cold winter days.
The historic town of Aveiro, situated on the west coast a little less than an hour’s drive from Porto, is known as the Venice of Portugal thanks to its network of canals navigated by gondola-like boats known locally as barcos moliceiros. With uninterrupted sea views and an abundance of fresh sea air, this city is emerging as a top option for anyone looking for a calm and peaceful pace of life in the Old World. Aveiro is also refreshingly affordable, offering big-city amenities at a nice discount to costs in Lisbon and Porto. The area is popular for its fresh fish, grilled mackerel, and gastronomic diversity
Portuguese most livable city and European Best Destination 2020 / 2021. Braga is a slice of authentic Portugal, the sleepy northern city of Braga is the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Portuguese food and hospitality away from the tourists. Nestled among the hills between the fantastic Peneda-Gerês National Park and the coast, it’s a stop off the beaten track that’s well worth it. Braga is a city of huge beauty and heritage richness, which combines tradition with innovation, the memory to the youth, creativity to conservatism. With over 2000 years of a very rich history. The city of Braga is known for its religious history as it's one off the oldest Christian cities in the world, so unsurprisingly, churches feature heavily on the list of must-see sights
Old Coimbra sits on a hill on the right bank of the River Mondego, with the university crowding its summit. The main buildings of the Old University, dating from the sixteenth century, are set around a courtyard dominated by a Baroque clock tower and a statue of Joao III that looks remarkably like Henry VIII. The chapel is covered with azulejos – traditional glazed and painted tiles – and intricate decoration, but takes second spot to the Library, a Baroque fantasy presented to the faculty by João V in the early eighteenth century.
Lisbon is having a moment. It is the place on everyone’s lips and its breezy sea views, glossy tiled facades and red roofs feature on many an Instagram feed. The food surprises, with a depth far beyond the famous pastéis de nata (custard tarts) that are so known and loved. There is history; from the 12th-century Moorish castle that dominates the skyline to the magnificent 16th-century Manueline monastery of Jerónimos, and the bombastic 18th-century heart of Lisbon, built after so much of the city was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake.
There is authentic, genuine and welcoming hospitality; and a wave of new and affordable hotels along cobbled streets and flanking bougainvillea-clad squares, all of which brim with a sense of place. For Lisbon, unlike so much of the world, has not gone global: it remains resolutely Portuguese, looking out to sea, with its back to the rest of Europe and its identity intact.
Leiria is a lively, dynamic and charming city, which mixes Medieval and modern influences. It is located at the feet of a hill fortified since Moorish times, in the confluence of the rivers Liz and Lena. The magnificent Castle of Leiria overlooks the city thanks to its strategic location.
Currently, Leiria is a nice and quiet city, with many good restaurants, cafés and bars; and streets full of diverse shop. The old centre is the Praça Rodrigues Lobo square. Nearby it, you will find several hotels and restaurants.
Porto, or Invicta (the Unvanquished City), as the Portuguese sometimes call it, is more alive than ever. The charms of Portugal’s second city weren’t overlooked by the British newspaper the Financial Times, which recently listed five reasons why living in the city of Porto was worthwhile. These include architecture, investment, landscapes, gastronomy and culture. Porto is the most fashionable city of the moment. Porto is an incredible city both to visit and to live in. With an important industrial pole and the fourth most populous municipality in the country, it also has a vast educational and cultural offer. In addition, it is a safe city, with good infrastructure, many restaurants, shops and places of interest.
The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.
The Douro Wine Region Valley, is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. First, the river carved the deep valleys out of the land and then Man transformed the schist mountains into soil and walls and planted the vines, green in summer, flame-coloured in autumn. The Douro Alto was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, in recognition of the spectacular beauty of both the natural and built landscape and the industrial heritage associated with the Port producing industry. The Douro Vinhateiro is a microclimate where olives, almonds and grapes all grow easily.
A beautiful historic town on the Atlantic coast. It is 70 km north of Porto. It features a beautifully well-kept historical centre, with lovely picturesque narrow streets, colourful houses and impressive monuments. Viana do Castelo, a city in the Minho region, has deep roots and traditions in cultural and folk heritage that have been maintained over the years. These historic roots and traditions provide local residents with a great sense of pride. Those who live in and visit the city can enjoy an immensely rich heritage that includes colourful local costumes, authentic gold filigree, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, beautiful landscapes and a rich regional gastronomy. As a result, Viana do Castelo is a lively and colourful city that should not be missed. Nice golden sandy beaches, perfect for water sports. On Portugal's northern coast, where Viana do Castelo is located, beaches are known for their relaxing moments. Strong wind conditions and good waves enable the practice of various water sports, such as surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddlesurfing.
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