Beaches, Volcanoes and Mountains: The Kaleidoscopic Portugal Vacation
On cold winter evenings, there are those who dream of tropical beaches. The others dream of traveling to Portugal, where the sun lingers along the coastline through the year. Something about this country satisfies the soul of a travel-connoisseur, even if you don’t need to cross time zones to get there. You can race to the sunny beaches, disappear into the wild interior, or head for the rugged northern side for a more secluded exploration. Unlike its more well-publicized neighbor, Portugal’s charms are subtle, diverse and understated. This is precisely what makes it so satisfying to visit.
Lisbon, the capital, gives you a glimpse of what it took to make this nation – wars, conquests, Celts, Moors, the rise and fall of a colonial empire. If you really want to dig deeper into that history, Enchanting Travels would recommend that you visit Porto. This is where the nation was formed, and the cobbled streets of the Ribeira offer a meandering glimpse into the past. Beyond that, there is the Douro River to follow, the mountains to meander through, Baroque churches and castles to visit, and the famous port wine to try.
Of course, while every vacation should be one part dream, the other part should be pure sensory pleasure. The place to experience both is the Algarve. Warm and sunny all year round, the sandy beaches are hugged by cliffs, looking out on the blue Atlantic.
Madeira Island, on the other hand, is the lively, social side of a Portugal vacation. There’s a more relaxed fun to be had here, with golfing, scuba-diving, boating, carnival-chasing and therapeutic spas. If you’re yearning for that old-world glory, visit Funchal and explore the Gothic cathedral and quaint architecture of the town. If you’re looking to veer off the beaten path, though, we’d suggest visiting the Azores. These volcanic islands reward the intrepid explorer with blue-green lakes and stunning volcanic craters.
Portugal is also the place to travel by food, if you’ve always wanted to do that. Try sardines in Lisbon, pork with clams in the Algarve, cod in Porto – we could go on. It’s not just the food that’s a bellyful, though. It’s the land, the culture, the sun and the people. Enchanting Travels invites you to try it.
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Alentejo is an expansive region where cork oaks, olive groves and vineyards grow, and several historic towns including the colorful Alentejo village, dot the picturesque landscape.
Cascais, voted European Youth Capital 2018, once a traditional Portuguese fishing town, is located 38 miles west of Lisbon.
Furnas is located on the eastern side of Sao Miguel Island in Azores, a 45-minute drive from the Ponta Delgada.
Furnas, São Miguel Island
Faial Island, jutting out of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, is a part of the Azores archipelago located off the west coast of the Portuguese mainland.
Horta, Faial Island
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