The Age of Discovery’s pioneering nation, Portugal may no longer be the untapped vacation spot it once was, but you needn’t worry if discovery is your thing. Move just a few miles inland from the busiest Portugal hotels and you’ll soon be away from the sun-seekers, faced with old-fashioned towns and miles of countryside. If sun-seeking is your thing however, then cheap Portugal holidays will most definitely meet your criteria. The dynamic coastline with its beautiful beaches and cliffs has enchanted visitors for centuries while the historical cities of Porto and the capital Lisbon are historically significant, modern metropolises that can conjure the same captivated reaction. Portugal holidays offer so much more than the familiarity of being abroad in the sunshine.
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An active fishing town close to Lisbon, Cascais is a beachside town popular with tourists both local and internationally. Despite catering largely to tourist crowds, Cascais retains its passé charms, most apparent in the long, windy lanes that connect most of the town. Having played host to several monarchs down the years, you can be guaranteed that this getaway is of the highest quality and will serve as a lovely relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of the nearby Portuguese capital.
Peneda-Geres National Park
Portugal’s only national park just so happens to be one of the finest in Europe. Peneda-Geres National Park is located in the extreme North of the country and shares a border with Spain. The Park, naturally shaped like an amphitheatre, thrives because of its rainfall (more rain falls here than anywhere else in the country) which allows the oak and pine forests to flourish. Granite villages dating back to the 12th Century are dotted throughout the park, the promise of discovery of which gives the park’s countless hikers an added incentive. Since its establishment as a National Park in 1971, Peneda-Geres has helped to preserve both an endangered way of life and ecosystems.
Praia da Marinha
Cheap Portugal holidays offer a myriad of scenic beaches perfect for last-minute Portugal sunshine and Praia da Marinha might just be the best of them. Situated in Lagoa on the Algarve coast, Praia da Marinha is one of the best beaches in the Europe. Perfectly encapsulating the cliff and beach image of Portugal’s coastline, Praia da Marinha offers calm, crystal-clear waters against one of the most beautiful natural backdrops of any beach. If you tire of lounging around your picture-perfect surroundings, you can channel the spirit of the Portuguese from days gone by and explore the beach’s surrounding caves.
Palácio da Bolsa
There’ll be no shortage of attractions if you visit Porto on your Portugal holidays. One of the most impressive sites of Portugal’s second city is The Palácio da Bolsa. Not a palace built as a shrine to wood, The Palácio da Bolsa is in fact the historical stock exchange building, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Palace was disused as a stock exchange when the Euro came into effect but tours run frequently. As impressive inside as it is out, rumour is that it was built to give the impression of grandeur and prosperity to visiting businessmen, The Palácio da Bolsa isn’t something to miss.
Estádio Municipal de Braga
Built especially for Portugal’s hosting of the 2004 European Football Championships, Estádio Municipal de Braga or The Quarry, as it’s affectionately known, is one of the quirkiest, most impressive stadiums in the world. Carved into the face of Monte Castro quarry overlooking the impressive city of Braga, Estádio Municipal de Braga is a highly original football stadium with a capacity of over 30,000 that will capture the imagination of visitors with no interest in football, just as much as it will fans of the sport.
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