Ranked as the 18th most peaceful country in the world by World Peace Index, Portugal Tour is a southern European country which is located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. The country of Portugal is divided into three geographic areas by the three large rivers that rise in Spain. The country has beautiful landscapes which ranges from beaches, deep valleys, rolling hills and high mountains which make this country an ideal tourist destination. The beautiful vineyards and cork oak plantations are the major sources of livelihood for the people living in this region.
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is considered to be one of Europe’s hidden gems mainly because of the picturesque landscapes, beautiful architecture and boundless history. It also has one of the largest container ports in the Atlantic coast. You can drift through the city on the sunshine yellow tram which passes through the streets and have a great view of the restaurants and a few ancient monuments. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a historic monument which symbolizes Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route to India in 1498. Interested in aquatic life? Head over to the Oceanário de Lisboa which is one of Europe’s largest oceanarium and houses vast species of fish and marine animals.
Convento do Cristo – Tomar
Tomar is a small city in Santarém District of Portugal. The Portugal attraction is rich in culture and is home to some beautiful buildings. One such building is Convento do Cristo (Convent of Christ). It was built in 1160 by Order of the Knights Templar. It consists of a castle and a church. The castle has spiral staircases and windows designed by Diogo de Arruda which are magnificent. The only downside is the lack of guards in each section to guide you in the right direction, so make sure you don’t lose your way.
Bom Jesus do Monte – Braga
Touted as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in country, Bom Jesus do Monte is located on wooden slope near Braga. One has to climb the 116 metre long granite staircase to reach to the top. The view of Braga from the top of the church is nothing short of stunning. The main architectural highlight is the zig-zag nature of the staircase. If you’re too tired to climb, there is a vintage funicular which will take you to the top in under three minutes. There is an amazing surrounding the church where you can relax after the tiring climb.
The best way to describe Algarve is its attractive beaches, beautiful climate, historic sites, delicious cuisine and reasonable prices. The picturesque landscapes are a feast for the eyes. The place is filled with castles and historic monuments. One such castle is the Silves castle. The town was known as a centre for learning. Philosophers, writers and geographers used to gather here. It is the most impressive historic monument in the city. The beach side has an awe-inspiring view of cliffs, golden beaches, bays and sandy islands. The best beach in this region is Praia da Marinha.
There is an ancient tradition connected to Obidos. The Portuguese queen Isabel had passed through this town in the thirteenth century and was impressed by its beauty. So, the king gifted it to her. This became a tradition and for centuries, kings followed suit and gifted the gorgeous town to their queens. The town is surrounded by an old wall. The main attraction of the city is the medieval castles and historic centre of Obidos. One can walk around this little town in its narrow streets and discover an array of cafes, shops and busy markets.