Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Its oceanside location influences many aspects of its culture – salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a major tourist destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s-1800s, when Portugal had a maritime empire.
Capital of Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal’s hilly capital, is a coastal city known for its cafe culture and soulful Fado music. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. And just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
Albufeira is a coastal city in the southern Algarve region of Portugal. It’s a former fishing village that has become a major holiday destination, with sandy beaches and a busy nightlife strip. Local fishermen now use the modern marina, a base for diving, dolphin-watching and boat trips, surrounded by candy-colored apartments, with a waterfront promenade.
Viana Do Castelo
The beachside town of Viana do Castelo is serenely located between the ocean and the mountains, in the northernmost region of Portugal. The town has a proud seafaring history and was one of the main ports where Portuguese explorers embarked to sail the unknown world during the 15th century. Today, Viana do Castelo has a thriving fishing industry and maintains a strong connection with the folklore and traditions of the historical Minho province, with unique culinary specialties, decorative handicrafts and lively festivals. The town’s buildings and monuments are an intriguing synthesis of architectural periods and styles.