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Tourist Information Portugal

Portugal is a country in the south-west of Europe on the Iberian peninsula. It is part of the European Union and divided into Northern Portugal, North Central Portugal, South Central Portugal, Southern Portugal, Azores and Madeira. The biggest cities in Portugal are its capital Lisbon, Aveiro, Braga, Funchal and Porto. Algarve is a popular beach destination in Portugal.

The water at Portugal's south coast beaches is generally a bit warmer than on the west coast. The Mediterranean climate makes Portugal a popular country for beach and surfing holidays.

Must See and Do Tourist Attractions in Portugal

You should not miss visiting Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães, Coimbra, Tomar, Aveiro, Amarante, Bragança, Chaves, Lamego, Viseu, Vila Real, Lagos, Silves, Évora and Angra during your stay in Portugal. Lisbon, Porto and Sintra offer many historical monuments and wonderful scenery. Saint George's Castle, Belem Tower, Ajuda Palace, Fronteira Palace, Edward VII Park, Tropical Garden, Belem Palace, Basilica da Estrela, The Cathedral and The National Pantheon are located in Portgual's capital, Lisbon.
Vasco da Gama bridge near Lisbon is Europe's longest bridge.

The Festas da Ria (Festivity of the Estuary) in Aveiro takes place in July and The Sanjoaninas in the Azores in June. Those are only two of numerous popular festivities in Portugal throughout the year.

Family Days out in Portugal

Portugese people are known to be very childfriendly. You will find a range of family friendly hotels along the Algarve coast. The Amarante Water Park and Zoo Marine are exciting locations for family trips and will keep your kids busy all day!

Sport in Portugal

Portugal is a perfect golfing destination in Europe. It was recently named "Best Golf Destination 2006" by readers of Golfers Today. 14 golf courses in Portugal are among the best 100 courses in Europe. Many of the local resorts offer lessons for you to practise the perfect technique.
Most of Portugal's beaches offer water sport activities, such as surfing and kite-surfing. Cycling routes across Portugal's mountainous terrain of Geres is as popular as white-water rafting on the river Douro.

Shopping in Portugal

Portugal has a few locally famous fashion designers who sell their stylish produce mostly in Portugal. There are many speciality shops selling goods of every kind in touristic areas and on fairs.
Most of the larger cities in Portugal have at least one shopping mall. Lisbon has the Amoreiras Shopping Center, Centro Colombo (over 420 stores), Centro Vasco da Gama, Olivais Shopping, El Corte Inglés, Chiado, Atrium and Monumental. Other big malls are Via Catarina, Porto Plaza, Cidade do Porto, Brasília, Dolce Vita (all in POrto) and Forum Madeira and Madeira Shopping in Funchal.

Nightlife in Portugal

Lisbon, Porto and Albufeira are the best nightlife locations in Portugal. Lisbon's nightlife centre is in Docas, on Avenue 24 de Julho or at the Parque das Nações. There are many bars and clubs, such as the Salsa Latina, Blues Café, Docks, Indochina or Queens. The Ribeira district in Porto is famous for its buzzing nightlife while the Algarve nightlife is busiest during summer at the Capítulo V, Kadoc, Klube and UBI.

Transport in Portugal

British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Continental, Delta, TAP Portugal, Aer Lingus, Monarch, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling serve Portugal's international mainland airports at Lisbon (LIS), Porto (OPO) and Faro (FAO), Other international airports are located on Madeira, in Funchal (FNC) and in Ponta Delgada (PDL) on São Miguel island.

Trains connect Portugal's major cities to each pther, to Spain (Madrid and Vigo) and to other destinations in Europe.

Cruise boats stop at Portugal's coast and buses run across the country and to Spain and France.

Official Tourism Office for Portugal
Turismo de Portugal, I.P.
Rua Ivone Silva, Lote 6
1050-124 Lisboa

http://www.visitportugal.com


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