PORTUGAL


With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.








Plan

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.





THINGS TO DO

Sun and sea

Blessed with sunshine all year round, as well as a coastline that is bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and spreads over hundreds of kilometers, Portugal is the perfect destination for those who enjoy the sun and the sea. There’s a wide range of different beaches with characteristics suited to all tastes, whether you’re looking for relaxation or more active holidays.

Most of Portugal’s beaches have the right to display a Blue Flag, which guarantees the quality of the sand, water, services and support facilities to be found at the site. While the sea in the north is cool and rough, the water is calmer and warmer in the south. All along the coast, you can find vast expanses of sand ideal for long walks, small sheltered coves, beautiful rock formations by the water’s edge and flame-colored cliffs.

The idyllic nine-kilometer-long beach at Porto Santo, in the archipelago of Madeira is a clear invitation to linger and sunbathe after a dip in the sea. In the Azores, the dark-colored sand of the beaches confirms the islands’ volcanic origin.





Nature

If you’re looking to enjoy a few moments of absolute relaxation or some refreshing and invigorating holidays, Portugal has all kinds of suggestions for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.




Golf

If you’re looking for a sport that is simultaneously relaxing and stimulating, keeping you in constant touch with nature and placing you in the midst of breathtaking landscapes, then golf must surely be your choice. With the sea or the mountains as your backdrop, you’ll find no shortage of places to enjoy this sport, with roughly 80 courses spread all across the country.




What to taste

Portuguese gastronomy is marked by the flavors of its fish and the sea. Try a simple grilled fish and then you’ll understand why Portuguese fish is the preferred choice of many of the world’s most famous chefs. Just like the seafood, which excites all your taste buds and has even more flavor when it’s cooked in a domed copper pan known as a cataplana. The truth is that Portugal is blessed with natural conditions that give the fish and seafood a flavor and a freshness that it is hard to match anywhere else in the world. Not to mention the country’s age-old tradition of eating bacalhau, the dried and salted codfish, which after soaking in water can be cooked in a thousand and one ways. There are plenty of reasons for enjoying some mouth-watering food. Ranging from the different meats that have a protected designation of origin, most notably kid, veal, pork and game, to the famous mountain cheeses, where the acknowledged highlight is the one produced in the Serra da Estrela. But there are many others, made of goat’s or ewe’s milk, creamy or dry, which you should sample with just a trickle of olive-oil.

Olive-oil is one of the most important ingredients of Portuguese cuisine. It serves as the basis for the varied and healthy Portuguese diet, which also comprises bread, olives and other fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs and spices.




Portuguese gastronomy is marked by the flavors of its fish and the sea. Try a simple grilled fish and then you’ll understand why Portuguese fish is the preferred choice of many of the world’s most famous chefs. Just like the seafood, which excites all your taste buds and has even more flavor when it’s cooked in a domed copper pan known as a cataplana. The truth is that Portugal is blessed with natural conditions that give the fish and seafood a flavor and a freshness that it is hard to match anywhere else in the world. Not to mention the country’s age-old tradition of eating bacalhau, the dried and salted codfish, which after soaking in water can be cooked in a thousand and one ways. There are plenty of reasons for enjoying some mouth-watering food. Ranging from the different meats that have a protected designation of origin, most notably kid, veal, pork and game, to the famous mountain cheeses, where the acknowledged highlight is the one produced in the Serra da Estrela. But there are many others, made of goat’s or ewe’s milk, creamy or dry, which you should sample with just a trickle of olive-oil.