Officially known as the Portugese Republic, well known for its music, wine, legendary football players and arts, Portugal (named after its second biggest city Porto) is located in Southwestern Europe. Portugal shares its border with Spain to the north and east and is bordered to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean. Portugese wines are indeed top class and some of the brands have won numerous international prizes. Portugese cuisine is famous for its diversity. A lot of recipes are available containing dry cod, grilled sardines, lamb, pork, beef and chicken. Portugese cuisine caters to the need and taste of every individual. Don’t forget to take swigs from a bottle of Vinho Verde and Port Wine and relish Leitao (roasted pig). Hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are plentiful and also cater to the need and budget of every individual.
How far from UK
The distance between the capital cities London and Lisbon (Portugal) is nearly 1600 km and it takes roughly 2 ½ hours by flight. It takes nearly 24 hours to reach Lisbon (Portugal) from London by train and connecting trains via Paris and Heudaye (Spanish frontier). The driving distance between London and Lisbon is approx 2200 km.
What to do in Portugal
Lisbon: A global city, the capital and the biggest city of Portugal, Lisbon is a major tourist destination and the wealthiest region in Portugal. Lisbon is the westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast in Europe. Lisbon is revered by the historians and has a significant place in the annals of history as it is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities (much older than Rome, Paris and London) in the world. Belem Tower (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Jeronimos Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site), National Tile Museum, Cascais (Beaches/ Walking Areas), Alfama (neighborhoods) is arguably the top 5 out of 527 major tourist attractions in and around Lisbon.
Porto: Located in northern Portugal, the second biggest city of Portugal and declared a World Heritage Site in 1996 by UNESCO, Porto is a global city and famous for Port Wine (named after the city and World-wide famous brand of Portugal). Palacio da Bolsa, Livraria Lello (Library), Clerigos Tower, Casa da Musica (Theatre), Serralves is arguably the top 5 out of 105 worth visiting places in and around Porto.
Lagos: Located in southern Portugal, along the Atlantic Ocean and at the mouth of Bensafrim River, Lagos is one of the most visited cities in Portugal. Lagos offers variety of bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and some wonderful beaches (genuinely tourist friendly). It is also famous for its vibrant nightlife and wild parties. Camilo Beach, Meia Praia (Beach), Ponta da Piedade (Beach), Praia Dona Ana (Beach), Marina (Beach) is arguably the top 5 out of 57 major tourist attractions in and around Lagos.
Beaches in Portugal
Praia da Rocha (Algrave), Cascais (20 minutes walk from Estoril and a day trip from Lisbon), Vila Praia da Ancora (Costa Verde), Costa do Sol (32 km west of Lisbon), The Beiras (north of Lisbon) is arguably the top 5 beaches in Portugal with beautiful landscapes all around and top class amenities.