Lisbon Obidos tours

If you want an experience that will make you travel back in time then this day trip to the Medieval town of Obidos is the experience for you!

North of Lisbon you will find the true medieval town of Obidos, considered by many the prettiest town in Portugal. Throughout the centuries the Kings have given this town as a gift to the Portuguese Queens being aware of its character and strategic importance to the region. In Obidos all of this royal tradition was kept till today including the old wall that surrounds the whole city.  Continue reading “Lisbon Obidos tours” »

Lisbon Evora tours

Take a drive across the world’s largest cork region and explore Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage site of Evora. The town’s rich and colorful history stretches back over two millennia through Roman, Visigothic and medieval times.

Your exciting journey into the past begins with a scenic drive through the largest cork forests in the world. Your destination is the fabled town of Evora, 81 miles (130 kilometers) from Lisbon, and the capital of the province of Alentejo. Continue reading “Lisbon Evora tours” »

Porto Douro tours

See one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where Man has overcome the slopes of the land, planting vines in what can be considered open air sanctuaries.

On this tour you will visit Amarante, Lamego, Regua, Pinhao, Vila Real center, Mateus Palace (Gardens) with its famous tunnel of 123 miles (37.5 meters). Cedars and garden landscaping unparalleled in Portugal. Continue reading “Porto Douro tours” »

Portugal travel information

By far one of the oldest countries in the world, Portugal is today a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the globe.

Portugal consists of a thin rectangular strip of land on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula. This Peninsula includes both Spain and Portugal. It is approximately 35,672 square miles and two groups of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Madeira Islands and the Azores Archipelago, belong to Portugal.

The landscape in Portugal is varied. From northeast to northwest, much of mainland Portugal is made up of plains broken up by mountains. The northern part is hilly, while fertile and densely populated regions characterize the northwestern area. The northeast is mainly mountainous.

The population of Portugal is slightly more than 10 million. Amongst this population can be found several ethnic minorities which live in the large cities like Lisbon. Lisbon is the capital city. These minorities include Africans, Cape Verdeans and a small Jewish population. This page has several facts of interest on Portugal.

Almost two-thirds of the entire Portuguese population lives in rural areas. They live their lives here by following the pattern of the seasons and the growing and harvesting of crops. Along the coast many fishing villages are located. The people here are very dedicated to their traditional way of life. It is a testimony to the will power of the Portuguese fishing people that they have not turned to the lucrative tourist industry that frequents their villages during the summer months. As has been the case for countless years, their tools of trade are still small fishing boats with trawling nets.

Life in the big cities is in marked contrast to what you will find in the rural areas. In Lisbon, for example, most people live in apartment blocks near to the centre of the city. Many of the old buildings still retain many of their original features. In fact, some of the streets in Lisbon are so narrow that light rarely filters through them. You can go here to learn more about Lisbon.

The architecture of Portugal is typically marked by low, rectangular designs. Romanesque and Renaissance styles are the hallmarks of Portuguese designs. Portugal’s churches and palaces are cross-shaped and many consist of columns and semicircular arches. See many samples of Portuguese architecture here.

Portuguese foods vary according to the ingredients that are available from one region to another. Along the coast fish and shellfish are common. In the north pork meat and pork is very popular. Portuguese people value their eating habits so highly that many will travel for miles just to eat the specialty of a region.