Come on, be honest! You never thought of Portugal to visit this summer. France, Italy, Austria, Spain, UK, yes! But, Portugal? We can almost see the incredulous look on your face!
Start in the capital, Lisbon that is spread over steep hillsides overlooking the Tejo river (Rio Tejo as it is known locally). You get everything that you expect from a European town – Gothic cathedrals, old-world back streets, yellow trams and tiny patio restaurants redolent with the traditional strains of the fado.
Looking for a fairy tale castle? Sintra is your answer. In addition to the hill-top castle it is dotted with royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-19th century. And, a perfect day trip from Lisbon.
At the mouth of the Douro river (Rio Douro if you must) lies Porto, dating back to Roman times. It gives its name to Port wine that is grown in the region and exported from here. And, summer nights are a long party with the best of European DJs performing on the river front.
Beaches anyone? You have the Costa do Sol with resorts at Estoril and Cascais. Then there is the Algarve with its string of beautiful, clean, sandy beaches. Go surfing, para gliding, horse riding…enjoy the Portuguese beach life!
Interested in food and wines? Don’t even get us started! There’s lip-smacking seafood, delectable wines, sinful desserts – meals fit enough for kings!
Travelling with kids? Have no fear. There are enough museums, zoos, aquariums and theme parks to keep them busy.
For the shopaholics there’s plenty too. From carpets to jewellery to leather goods to ceramics and tiles.
So, add Portugal to your summer trip. Give us a buzz and we’ll fix it up for you!