|Travel to Portugal
by TJ Tierney
Looking for the perfect sun
holiday? Try a sun holiday in Portugal. Portugal is a European country
situated on the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest corner of Europe. The
west and south of Portugal are cornered by the Atlantic Ocean, giving it
some of the most dramatic coastline in Europe.
Portugal borders only one
country, Spain, which makes up the rest of the Iberian Peninsula.
With a coastline running
over 500 miles Portugal is bursting with scenic sandy coves and rocky cliffs
with a dramatic inland landscape.
Portugal is a very pleasant
country to visit - especially for any person in love with seafood. All
along the coast are amazing restaurants dedicated to cooking fresh fish.
Most restaurants are reasonable priced with generous portions. When you
are having food in Portugal don't forget to sample the excellent local
wine. While Portugal is noted for Port, excellent wines are home grown
in regions north of Porto and Lisbon.
If you are in some of the
more popular tourist spots it's wise to make a reservation. It's also standard
practice in Portugal to add a 5 - 10 percent tip for waiters who are poorly
English is widely spoken
throughout Portugal and the locals are extremely friendly. A large selection
of English-written newspapers can be bought in most of the larger newsagents.
Portugal is a country rich
in arts and history. The architecture of Portugal differs from region to
region. The Romans were the first to leave behind their enhanced structural
design. Muslim invaders from North Africa during the eight-century have
also enriched the architecture in southern Portugal. Portugal is littered
with incredible Churches, temples and old buildings. Some old buildings
are restored and turned into great hotels.
Hotels in Portugal are plentiful
in tourist areas and cities, but in the countryside they can be rare. If
you are travelling through the Portuguese countryside plan your journey
well in advance.
Sporting holidays can be
had at any time of year. While the Portuguese are mainly into football,
most marina sports can be sought along the entire coastline. If you are
looking for a golfing holiday Portugal should be top of the list. Most
of the best golf courses in Portugal are found in the Algarve region, which
has a reputation as one of Europe's top golfing destinations.
The Algarve region of Portugal,
situated in the south of the country, is the perfect spot to visit at any
time of year. Its climate stays warm all year round and the scenic coastline
offers a large variety of marine activity.
Fishing is a valuable way
of life for many in Portugal. Each year during the month of August a massive
seafood festival is hosted by one of the ports in the Algarve.
If you are looking for a
really special place to visit - try some of the Islands along the Portuguese
coast. The Azores lie 800 miles west of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic
Ocean. Known for the peaceful way of life, the Azores volcanic history
has left a truly magical landscape. With easy access from mainland Portugal,
the Azores are well worth a visit.
Travel Reading on Portugal