Portugal sits to the west of Spain, on the Atlantic Ocean. The climate tends to be a sunny one, depending on the time of year which makes it a great destination for holidays with lastminute.com. The country itself is the most western country in mainland Europe, and despite being quite small, has a high profile as a holiday destination.
Lisbon and Porto
Lisbon and Porto are the country’s two main cities, and make a great pair of tourist destinations if you’re after somewhere busy to see on your holiday. The cities contain a whole range of hotels to check out, varying from smaller authentic city-style buildings to larger complexes with restaurants and bars on-site, and pools to take a dip in.
In Lisbon, you’ll find a range of great architecture. Upon your arrival in the city, you’re greeted by the Belem Tower and Sao Jorge Castle, both of which make for some great photo opportunities. Fans of photography will be able to capture the surrounding scenery and get the perfect shot, and those more interested in getting some more information can join one of the many tours. If you’re taking the kids along, Lisbon has a few more modern attractions, like the Lisbon Oceanarium and Lisbon Zoo, both of which are brimming with wildlife enjoying the Portuguese sun, to keep the kids happy.
In Porto, you’ll find stunning scenery running along the sides of the River Douro, where you can take relaxing boat cruises or hire a smaller vessel to explore by yourselves. There is also a collection of historic religious buildings, if you’re looking for a piece of Portuguese history. Try a visit to the Church of Sao Francisco or the Porto Cathedral to see some of the country’s most impressive and historical buildings.
Food and Drink
Portuguese food is traditionally quite simple, but of great quality. You’ll find a variety of rice, potatoes and salad on the side of most meals, usually with its own twist according to the restaurant or town you’re in. Many of the standard meals include grilled fish and meat, and with the ocean so close by, the fish are usually extremely fresh. You can expect Mediterranean stews on most menus too, and thanks to the booming tourism, most spots are well equipped for plenty of dietary needs.
If you’re after a particularly good restaurant then Belcanto of Lisbon has proved extremely popular in the past. This Portuguese eatery has contemporary twists on the popular classics that always go down well.
In Portugal, you’ll find a great range of places to go, people to meet and some fantastic locations and hotels to stay in. Book your Portugal hotels with lastminute.com today and enjoy this great country soon!
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