Lisbon Lisbon , the most visited city in Portugal, has enough sights and facilities in and around the capital to make it your favourite tourist destination. The Lisbon Coast hosts some fine sandy beaches at Cascais and Estoril, fishing villages like Sesimbra and the forests and magical architecture of Sintra with its royal palaces and stunning vistas from Lisbon to the wild Atlantic. If that's not enough, take a boat along the Sado or Tagus for a nautical view of the coast. Lisbon's sophisticated shopping centres, fine hotels, gastronomy and culture combine with the climate to make this a great destination, 12 months of the year. With so much to offer, you'll wonder why you never visited the city of Lisbon sooner!
Belém Tower was built in the Age of the Discoveries (when defending the city was of paramont importance) in tribute to the patron saint of the city, Saint Vicente. In order to enhance Lisbon’s defence, King João II drew up a plan that consisted of forming a three-fortress-defence on the Tagus’s estuary. It formed a triangle and on each angle, a fortress was constructed: Cascais's fortress on the right bank, S. Sebastião da Caparica on the left bank and Belém Tower in the water. The tower is replete with Manueline decoration, symbols of the King’s power: cables encircling the building and terminating in elegant knots, armillary spheres, crosses of the Military Order of Christ and naturalistic elements such as the rhinoceros, the first such representation in stone known in Europe.
This is a new up market area of Lisbon. The former grounds of the 'Expo 98' were not left to abandonment and is now called 'Nations Park' (Parque das Nações). Used both during the day and at night, it offers numerous attractions: you can use its promenade by the river for a run, for a walk or just to sit and enjoy the view of Vasco da Gama Bridge; visit some of the pavilions that are still open like the Oceanarium, the Virtual Reality Pavilion, the Knowledge Pavilion, Macau Pavilion, attend live concerts in the Atlantic Pavilion; enjoy the cable car ride; cross the street and go shopping in the Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre; have an exquisite meal in some of the finest restaurants in town or just have a drink in one of the relaxed bars! As you can see, there is a choice for everyone.
The city of Porto is one of Europe’s most ancient tourism destinations, chosen by many tourists and visitors. The richness of its monumental and artistic patrimony, the Port Wine cellars, the many spots dedicated to leisure and culture are only some of the reasons that invite you to visit Porto.
Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are the church’s interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.
Faro's beaches and the Ria Famosa, where flamingos can de seen taking to the air, mark the border with the sea. On the flat terrain behind are the houses, green vegetable plots that thrive on the fertile land and water wheels that were once used to draw the water from the ground. In the distance a semicircle of gentle hills, their slopes clad with fruit trees, frames the landscape.