Porto is exceptional. The city was built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River. It is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2000 year history.
Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus or port). You can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir to the beautiful train station São Bento and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara.
Elected Best European Destination 2014 by the European citizens. Porto is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters, and discoveries. See the itinerary.
Portugal has become one of the top Golf Destinations in Europe over the last two decades. It wins World’s Best Golf Destination 2014 in the World Golf Awards. A sister event of the prestigious World Travel Awards.
The region is extremely popular with golfers looking for a more cost-effective way to experience Golf in the Mediterranean sunshine. Cheaper than Spain, France, and Italy, golf on the Portuguese provides some of the best budget sunshine golf in Europe. It is perfect for Golfers who also wish to take their family on vacation with them.
Portugal offers a vast amount of natural parks that you can view and explore. The best one is Peneda-Gerês National Park (the only one in Portugal) is considered one of the best national parks in Europe. The rank was made by the British newspaper The Guardian, which brought together a top 10 list of the best parks in Europe.
Wild ‘garrano’ ponies and rides on these domesticated animals through its oak forests and sierras are some of the things to do in Peneda Gerês. The newspaper also highlights the natural beauty of the landscapes, natural pools and ancient Roman roads, marked with 2.000-year-old milestones. See: Walking in Portugal
The Catholic religion is deeply enrooted into the customs and traditions of the Portuguese nation. That is our last reason to visit Portugal. The numerous monasteries, churches, and chapels are a testimony to times of indifference. You have to visit Fátima and Braga.
The Sanctuary of Fátima is the largest place of worship in Portugal. Nossa Senhora de Fátima is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary honoring the reported apparitions of her to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal. On the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13.
Pilgrimage to the site goes on all year round. But the main pilgrimage festivals take place from May to October, on the 13th day of each month, on the anniversaries of the original appearances.
Thousands of people gather on May 13th and October 13th to pray and witness processions of the statue of Our Lady of Fátima. Both during the day and at night, by the light of tens of thousands of candles.
Braga is a place of strong religious traditions, especially with the Catholic Church. It’s not by accident it’s often referred to as the “city of archbishops”!
There are lots of ancient churches in Braga. A historic cathedral, and a huge focus on religious celebrations all around the year. You have to visit Braga during the Easter season. When the city organizes religious processions and re-enactments of the Passion of the Christ. That draw in legions of tourists, both from national and international backgrounds.