Sightseeing Portugal, the best excursions and things to do

Sightseeing Portugal, the best excursions and things to do

Lisbon

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Lisbon (/ˈlɪzbən/PortugueseLisboa [liʒˈbo.ɐ] (listen)) is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2.Lisbon’s urban areaextends beyond the city’s administrative limits with a population of around 2.8 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, including the Portuguese Riviera (which represents approximately 27% of the country’s population). It is mainland Europe‘s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which is known as Cabo da Roca, located in the Sintra Mountains.

Lisbon is recognised as an alpha-level global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism.[6] Lisbon is one of two Portuguese cities (alongside Porto) to be recognised as a global city More from Wiki

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Sintra

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Sintra (/ˈsɪntrə, ˈsiːntrə/, Portuguese: [ˈsĩtɾɐ] (listen)) is a city and municipality in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal, located on the Portuguese Riviera. The population of the municipality in 2011 was 377,835, in an area of 319.23 square kilometres (123.26 sq mi).[5] Sintra is a major tourist destination in Portugal, famed for its picturesqueness and for its numerous historic palaces and castles. Sintra is also a major luxury dining and tourism destination within the Portuguese Riviera, as well as one of the wealthiest municipalities in the country, and is known for the numerous notable events hosted in Sintra, such as Bilderberg Meetings and the Open de Portugal.

The historic center of the Vila de Sintra is famous for its 19th-century Romanticist architecture, historic estates & villas, gardens, and numerous royal palaces & castles, which resulted in the classification of the town and its historic passage as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sintra is similarly known for its numerous gardens and nature parks, including the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park and the Sintra Mountains. Sintra’s most iconic landmarks include the mediaeval Castle of the Moors, the romanticist Pena National Palace and the Portuguese Renaissance Sintra National Palace. More from Wiki

Porto

Porto [a] in English traditionally Oporto, is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of Iberian Peninsula major urban areas. The city is famous for Port wine and football team FC Porto. It has a population of 287,591 and the metropolitan area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 2.3 million (2011)[10] in an area of 2,395 km2 (925 sq mi),[11] making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. It is recognized as a gamma-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group,[15] the only Portuguese city besides Lisbon to be recognised as a global city.

Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined CelticLatin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese, the name of the city includes a definite articleo Porto(“the port”) which is where its former English name “Oporto” comes from

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The most beautiful bookstore in the world of extraordinary historical and architectural value, located at the number 144 of Rua das Carmelitas.JK Rowling lived 10 years in Porto before Harry Potter was created, later the bookstore was shown in the Harry Potter movie

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NAZARE

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Nazaré (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɐzɐˈɾɛ] (listen)) is a Portuguese municipality in Oeste region and Leiria District, in historical Estremadura province of Portugal.

It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast (Costa da Prata), Portugal. The population in 2011 was 15,158,[1] in an area of 82.43 km².[2] The present mayor is Walter Chicharro, elected by the Socialist Party (Portugal). The municipal holiday is September 8 with the Feasts of Nazaré, a religious and profane festival with processions, bullfights, fireworks, folk dancing and a fair.

The town consists of three neighbourhoods: Praia (along the beach), Sítio (an old village, on top of a cliff) and Pederneira (another old village, on a hilltop). Praia and Sítio are linked by the Nazaré Funicular, a funicular railway. More from Wiki

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Setúbal (/səˈtuːbəl/,[also US/-bɑːl/, Portuguese: [sɨˈtuβal, -βɐl] (listen); Proto-Celtic: *Caetobrix) is a city and a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2014 was 118,166,[4] occupying an area of 230.33 km2 (88.9 sq mi). The city proper had 89,303 inhabitants in 2001.[6] It lies within the Lisbon metropolitan area.

In the times of Al-Andalus the city was known as Shaṭūbar (Andalusian Arabic: شَطُوبَر [ʃeˈtˤuːbɑr]). In the 19th century, the port was called Saint Ubes in English,[7] and Saint-Yves in French.

The municipal holiday is 15 September, which marks the date in the year 1860 when King Pedro V of Portugal officially recognised Setúbal as a city.

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Setubal maybe a busy commercial fishing centre and industrial port, but it is surrounded by two of the finest coastlines in Portugal. To the west of Setubal is the beautiful Serra da Arrabida coastline; a series of idyllic beaches found at the base of steep forested limestone hills. South across the Sado estuary are the paradise beaches of the Troia Peninsula, a region favoured by the super-rich for secluded and refined holidays.

The Algarve (UK: /ælˈɡɑːrv, ˈælɡ-/, US: /ɑːlˈɡɑːrvə, ælˈ-/,[ Portuguese: [alˈɡaɾvɨ] (About this soundlisten)) is the southernmost region of continental Portugal. It has an area of 4,997 km2 (1,929 sq mi)[9] with 451,006[10] permanent inhabitants, and incorporates 16 municipalities. The region has its administrative centre in the city of Faro, where both the region’s international airport (IATA: FAO) and public university, the University of Algarve, are located. Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve’s summer economy. Production of food, which includes fish and other seafood, different types of fruit such as oranges, figs, plums, carob beans, and almonds, are also economically important in the region. Although Lisbon surpasses the Algarve in terms of tourism revenue,[12] the Algarve is still, overall, considered to be the biggest and most important Portuguese tourist region, having received an estimated total of 7.1 million tourists in 2017.[13] Its population triples in the peak holiday season due to seasonal residents. The Algarve is also increasingly sought after, mostly by central and northern Europeans, as a permanent place to settle.


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