Portugal is one of the most beautiful places in the world and a trip to this breathtaking country should be on your must-see list. Why?

Beaches: With its crystal clear waters, eye dropping cliffs and perfect sands, Portugal is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, including Praia da Marinha. You should also spend time at São Miguel Island, one of the largest islands in the Azores archipelago. Here you’ll find lakes, cliffs and hot springs to explore.

Speaking of exploring, try some diving and yachting at the Azores, a group of nine islands Portugal that also includes Vila Franca do Campo, a town that is surrounded by orange and pineapple plantations.

Castles: From their history to their amazing architecture, castles are always a sight to see and Portugal is filled with many amazing structures. One of the most popular castles is The Castle of the Moors, located in Sintra and hilltop medieval castle that is the oldest in Portugal, dating back to 7th-century AD. You will also want to travel to Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon, to see the São Jorge Castle all lit up.

Palaces: If you prefer a palace over a castle, then you must see The National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens. The building itself is spectacular and you can tour the inside.

Lisbon: Speaking of Lisbon, take a few days to tour this city and make sure you see the Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent, walk the cobblestone streets, and take some time to explore The Lisbon Oceanarium, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo ’98. Then there’s also Baixa, Lisbon’s downtown area where you can shop till you drop at Lisbon’s oldest and traditional shops. Here you’ll find jewelry and other crafts.

Romance: If you’re interested in Portugal’s romantic side, then you need to visit Coimbra, which is considered the country’s most romantic riverfront city because of its medieval churches and streets.

While here you must visit Conímbriga, one of the largest Roman settlements that was excavated in Portugal. It was classified as a National Monument in 1910. You should also visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park which is known as Gerês. It’s the only national park in Portugal which was created on May 8, 1971.

Contact your travel agent to arrange a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Portugal.

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