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  1. 1. www.visitportugal.com Index P. 3 Introduction AZORES P. 7 Lisboa P. 11 Porto e Norte P. 15 Centro de Portugal P. 19 Alentejo P. 23 Algarve P. 27 Madeira IslandsMADEIRA ISLANDS P. 31 Azores P. 35 World Heritage P. 37 Golf P. 39 Gastronomy and Wines P. 41 Sun and Sea P. 43 Culture and Leisure P. 44 Useful information
  2. 2. Portugal keeps all of its charms shieldedbehind its jagged coast – a line of sand andfoam caressed by the sea breezes. Cloakedin an air of mystery that has lasted for morethan 800 years, this country is genuinelydiverse, and it is here that all of the mostintriguing dualities become inextricablyintertwined: past and present, a long culturalheritage and the simple joy of living.A place of sun and sea, history andcosmopolitanism, Portugal’s rich collectionof monuments brings great charm to thenation’s life and provide a contrast withthe lightness of its inhabitants’ relaxed andcarefree spirit. With its unique geographicallocation and its distinctive Atlantic flavour,the West Coast invites visitors to enjoy thepleasures of nature, beaches, gastronomy andentertainment. In this land filled with sunlight,an inexhaustible source of energy, the pastreinforces the sense of the present.In the midst of medieval castles and modernshops, Roman, Gothic and Manuelinemonuments, beaches with deep blue seasand rolling green plains disappearing into thedistance, historic villages and luxury resorts,the sophisticated cuisine of great chefs andthe simple delights that the sea can offer,contemporary art museums and prehistoricrock drawings, golf courses and busy, vibrantavenues, there live a people who are creative,open and welcoming, who wish to share withyou the best of everything that they have andknow about, appealing to your senses andcelebrating life.
  3. 3. “From Marvão one can see almost the entireland.(...)It is understandable that from this place, highup in the keep at Marvão Castle, visitors mayrespectfully murmur, ‘How great is the world’.Journey to Portugal by José Saramago, the 1998 NobelPrize winner for literatureMarvão Village, Alentejo
  4. 4. Torre de Belém, Lisbon Portugal Europes West Coast P. 9 Lisboa Lisbon, the capital of light, sprawls along the its estuary and let yourself be dazzled by right bank of the River Tagus, keeping to itself the beautiful images of the flamingos and the mystery of both those arriving and those its nature reserve. Over the other side of the departing. With its twenty centuries of history, river, between the mountains and the sea, the it is a city that sails through time, remaining Arrábida Natural Park invites you to enjoy the forever vibrant and cosmopolitan. A city with adventure of extreme sports, or inspires you a soul, it combines the charm of the narrow to engage in some more personal moments of 1. Tram, Lisbon cobbled streets of its traditional quarters such meditation. But don’t miss the chance to visit 2. Palácio da Pena, Sintra as Alfama and Mouraria with the hustle and Setúbal and watch the dolphins play from very bustle of its busy avenues and the new urban close up in the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve. 3. Óbidos Castle development of Parque das Nações. The only 4. Tabuleiros Festival, Tomar capital city in Europe where the sun sets over North of Lisbon, Óbidos keeps its medieval 5. Pousada, Setúbal the sea, Lisbon is a city of contrasts, in which charm firmly enclosed within the walls that history and modernity coexist harmoniously by protect its small squares and narrow streets the side of the river. The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos lined with white houses, their windows filled and the Torre de Belém are neighbours of the with flowers. This town, where the castle has Centro Cultural de Belém and the Berardo been converted into a "pousada", summons Collection Museum. The sun-coloured trams are forth more romantic spirits and tells you tales an original way of discovering the real heart of of kings and queens. Along the west coast, the city and the many stories that lie hidden small fishing villages still keep alive the ancient there. The tile-covered façades of its buildings art of trawling directly onto the shore. Close by, tell stories in all kinds of different colours, while in Caldas da Rainha, you can discover the city’s the cobblestones of the pavements draw black spa and museums and take back with you a and white pictures of fish, flowers, mermaids locally handcrafted article. and birds. In Bairro Alto, one of the city’s oldest and liveliest quarters, there are bars, In the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural restaurants, design and fashion shops, Park, stone is an inescapable feature of the all standing side by side with "tascas" (taverns), landscape, either on the ground or in the walls where you can listen to fado, the music in which that separate the cultivated fields. This natural the Portuguese soul sings of its fate. Close at area is a genuine delight for all those who like hand is Chiado, one of the city’s most charming to explore the earth’s innermost depths, quarters and the centre of its cultural life, with for there are many caves with some quite its theatres, bookshops and cafés with long remarkably-shaped limestone formations. The literary traditions, such as the Brasileira, where city of Leiria is surrounded by the thick pine- the poet Fernando Pessoa sits waiting for you forest planted at the orders of the king Dom on the terrace outside. Dinis in the 14th century. It was from here that the timber was extracted to build the caravels Twenty minutes from Lisbon is Estoril, with its that, a century later, were to take part in the attractive cosmopolitan atmosphere. In Cascais, great epic of the Portuguese Discoveries. More a former fishing village, the typical streets are recently, it has been the Sanctuary at Fátima, filled with shops selling leading international one of the world’s main sites in the cult of the brands, while in the marina the anchored Virgin Mary, which attracts large pilgrimages by boats and yachts sway peacefully in the wind, the faithful. dreaming of their next voyage. Also a mere stone’s throw from Lisbon, the romantic town Facing east, Santarém, with its monuments, of Sintra stands lost in the mists of time and its narrow streets, walls and churches, looks landscape still retains the magic of hills dotted down over the endless meadows disappearing with royal palaces and mysterious castles. from sight. A few kilometres away, in Tomar, No visit to this area is complete without a trip is the Convento de Cristo, founded in 1162 down to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point by the Knights Templar and, centuries later, of continental Europe, where every day Mother the headquarters of the Order of Christ. Its Nature offers a quite unique spectacle when, rich architecture is a dramatic blend of the in the evening, the fiery sun plunges into the Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline and Mannerist ocean. styles. Make your way down to the River Tagus and More information can be found at www.visitlisboa.com
  5. 5. Lisbon is flaunting its playful side these days, from edgy design shops to chiclate-night lounges that have turned this old port city into a youthful place toparty.The New York TimesParque das Nações, Lisbon
  6. 6. Casa da Música, Porto Portugal Europes West Coast P. 13 Porto e Norte Porto, a riverside city with a soul of granite and grandiose castle, museums and churches all some most solemn silhouettes, is a lively place invite you to linger a while longer over your 1. Cycle Track, Vila Nova de Gaia with many different attributes. Classified as a visit. In Braga, another historic city, you will 2. Palácio de Mateus, Vila Real World Heritage site, it is an old and authentic find some most unexpected memories of 3. Largo da Oliveira, Guimarães city, offering some extraordinary panoramic bygone periods nestling in the shade of its views and a rare mixture of architectural styles impressive cathedral. Let yourself be surprised 4. Praça da República, Braga that make you feel as though you’re travelling by a medieval tower rising up in the middle of 5. Port Wine Vineyards, Douro in time. When visiting the city’s Romanesque the street and the baroque palaces of a city cathedral, stop for a while and breathe in the to which the University and contemporary Middle Ages as you admire the great mass of architecture have brought light, colour and an houses making their way down to the banks unexpected modernity. of the River Douro. A little further on, you can walk through Renaissance squares and discover If you’re looking for the splendour of the natural baroque monuments, such as the Torre dos world, then the Peneda-Gerês National Park is Clérigos, best seen in the early evening with definitely the place to visit. The diversity and its unforgettable silhouette. And then be sure abundance of its flora and fauna will provide to round off your visit in the 21st century by you with some unforgettable moments in close admiring the contemporary art works at the contact with nature. But other places also Serralves Museum or taking in a concert at clamour for their own right to remain forever in the Casa da Música. The city has many other the visitor’s memory, such as Viana do Castelo, attractions and an interesting and varied a city that is just as beautiful on the inside cultural programme. as it is on the outside. Situated between the mountains and the sea, its houses spread along Famous for its truly irresistible cuisine, Porto the banks of the River Lima, on their way to is also the starting point for the unforgettable meet the ocean. Here, the sumptuous baroque experience of a trip up the River Douro. manor houses are emblazoned with the coats of Christened with the name of the “golden river”, arms of their respective families. it has been gradually moulded by human hands and is now crossed by several imposing bridges In the north east of Portugal, the landscapes that link a noble past to a promising future. On have been preserved in their purest state, the terraced slopes of its banks are planted offering a beautiful mixture of green, golden the vineyards that produce the famous Port and lilac hues. Rich in traditions, monuments wine, which sets off from here to conquer the and spirituality, its natural parks and communal world. The Douro Valley has been classified as villages reveal the great authenticity of this a World Heritage site, a place of great charm region. In the citadel of Bragança castle, the for discovering the inspired and harmonious keep, which once stood proudly as a medieval encounter between land and river. Close to guard surveying the region’s borders, now Vila Real, a city with its own well-defined houses a military museum. Here visitors can personality, be sure to visit the Palácio de learn about the centuries-old history of the Mateus, one of the most remarkable jewels of castle, while the top floor offers an excellent Portuguese baroque architecture. view over the city and the surrounding countryside. In the Douro International Natural For those who would like to delve into a Park, the steep banks of the deep valley dug history book and wander in person amongst out of the rock by the river form a series of its first pages, Guimarães is a city demanding breathtakingly monumental gorges. This is the to be discovered. Known as the cradle of the refuge that various species of birds under threat Portuguese nation, it was from here that Dom of extinction have sought out to make their Afonso Henriques set out to conquer Portugal home. Further south, you can spend some time from the Moors. Its historic centre with its discovering the prehistoric Rock Drawings of Vale do Côa, classified as a World Heritage site. More information can be found at www.visitportoenorte.com
  7. 7. Outdoor events and festivals are socommon in the country of Portugalthat there is quite possibly onegoing on every day or week of theyear at some location.TripadvisorCabeçudos and Gigantones atFestival of Nossa Senhora d’Agonia,Viana do Castelo, Porto e Norte
  8. 8. University Library, Coimbra Portugal Europes West Coast P. 17 Centro de Portugal 1. Coimbra 2. Barcos Moliceiros, Aveiro In the Centro de Portugal, Coimbra is to be paths made by shepherds and their flocks 3. Grão Vasco Museum and Cathedral, found contemplating itself, a vain city looking and let yourself be surprised by the many Viseu at its own reflection in the water of the River hidden places of peerless beauty. In the hottest 4. Village of Monsanto Mondego. A city of courtyards, steps and months, the region’s green landscapes provide 5. Trekking, Serra da Estrela medieval arches, the bohemian Coimbra, some most stimulating scenery, but the inhabited by students, is sung about and feted mountains are just as beautiful and captivating by many poets. Step forth boldly onto the stone when the cold weather arrives and the steps, shaped by centuries of use, and plunge predominant colour is the white of the snow. deep into the history of the city, where the old This region is full of many delights that will cathedral (Sé Velha) stands impressively before stimulate your taste buds, including the famous all those making their way up to the centuries- "queijo da Serra", the traditional handmade old University on the top of the hill. Its most cheese produced from ewe’s milk. With its iconic feature, the Library, with its baroque unmistakable aroma and flavour, creamy and architecture dating from the reign of Dom João deep yellow in colour, it is best enjoyed between V, reminds us of a chapel with its frescoes and two slices of the tasty regional bread. Standing carved and gilded woodwork. on one of the slopes of the Serra, Guarda is the highest city in Portugal, its traditional stone To the south of the city, travel back to Roman architecture being the most prominent feature. times at the site of the well-preserved ruins of Conímbriga. The Centro de Portugal is also Old manor houses, doorways with coats of the region where you will find some of the arms carved above them in granite, and a busy country’s most important spas, such as Curia and lively atmosphere are to be found hidden and Luso which, with their relaxing landscapes in the narrow streets shaded by the cathedral and health-giving waters, are genuinely natural of Viseu, a city with an unmistakable character paradises where you can stimulate your senses. and an impressive array of monuments. Built entirely of granite and schist are the historic Aveiro, a coastal city, dominates the lagoon villages of Piódão, Belmonte and Almeida, still and the labyrinth of canals that run across the displaying their medieval layout and blending countryside, unable to decide whether they harmoniously into a well-preserved landscape. belong to the sea or the land. The heart of the The cobbled streets and stone-built houses still city is divided between the picturesque houses retain many of the genuine characteristics of of the fishermen and the busy avenues, but all the Portugal of the olden days, displaying the visitors to Aveiro also surrender immediately to authenticity of its people and their pride in the the beauty of the slender "barcos moliceiros", country’s many centuries of fascinating history. the brightly-coloured boats that are used to collect seaweed and have many a legendary Close to Castelo Branco, we recommend a visit story to tell. The lagoon and maritime motifs to the Naturtejo Geopark, recognised by UNESCO again serve as the inspiration for the famous for its important natural heritage, where you "Ovos Moles", a typical regional sweet mixture can admire rocks covered with fossils and a made from the yolks of eggs and used to fill mountainous landscape inhabited by griffon wafers moulded into the shape of fish and vultures and black storks. Scattered throughout seashells – a tasty delight that you cannot the Centre of Portugal, the Schist Villages are afford to miss. warm and hospitable places, where visitors are always tempted to linger a little longer in As you head deeper inland, the Serra da Estrela order to discover more about the local customs, is an excellent tourist destination, particularly legends and knowledge. for nature lovers. Step forth boldly along the More information can be found at www.visitcentro.com
  9. 9. Charming Portugal, a great EuropeandestinationDaily HeraldSerra do Açor, Centro de Portugal
  10. 10. Igreja da Misericórdia, Arraiolos Portugal Europes West Coast P. 21 Alentejo 1. Alentejo Landscape 2. Roman Temple, Évora 3. Ducal Palace, Vila Viçosa An immense golden region of rolling plains, blue colour. There are many wild and unspoilt 4. Local architecture, Évora white limewashed houses and monuments beaches hidden amidst the cliffs, where often 5. Zambujeira do Mar that testify to the long presence of human life, the best reward for the more adventurous is the Alentejo is a land that must be discovered the sheer pleasure of discovering them. Who slowly. Here, there is always a landscape to would not like to have a beach of fine golden be contemplated; a secret place to be visited; sand all to themselves, enjoying a peaceful dip a new flavour to be discovered. In the plains, in its transparent blue water? The South-West the wheat fields quiver in the wind and nestled Alentejo has beaches to suit all moods: waves amidst the olive groves are small villages, ideal for surfing and bodyboarding follow on newly restored for rural tourism, where all from the calm waters of naturally-formed visitors are welcomed with open arms. The swimming-pools. The variety is enormous local gastronomic delights compete against one and Porto Covo, Vila Nova de Milfontes and another: the cheeses of Serpa, Évora and Nisa, Zambujeira do Mar are all names that you the local wines and bread, the typical regional should try and remember. Spreading over more dishes perfumed with the herbs and spices from than 100 kilometres, the South-West Alentejo the fields and the divine sweet dishes based and Costa Vicentina Natural Park is the best on traditional monastic recipes, which are like conserved coastal area in continental Europe pieces of heaven that one has been allowed to and has some unique species of fauna and flora. taste on earth. The natural setting for countless battles and In the Alentejo, the sun has a smile on its conquests, the River Guadiana has marked the face and shines incessantly; its light both border between Portugal and Spain for many dazzles and enchants, serving as a guide for centuries. Between Elvas and Monsaraz, visitors those wishing to explore the region’s natural to the region can appreciate the vast mirror-like delights. Discover the secrets hidden in the surface of the lake formed by the Alqueva Dam, stones of the megalithic monuments standing ideal for trying a different holiday experience in the midst of the landscape and learn how on board a houseboat, which will serve as the man used to live thousands of years ago. Or starting point for trips to discover the riverside visit Évora, whose proud outline can be seen villages. Protected by its impressive castle, on the broad horizon of the plain, the historic Monsaraz looks like the keel of a boat sailing city lying hidden behind its walls. Once inside, across the plain, living as if it had been left you will discover a whole world of unexpected suspended there in a dream. contrasts amidst its narrow streets, its public squares bathed in sunlight, Moorish courtyards, Further north, close to Portalegre, the São Gothic doorways and the bars and restaurants Mamede Natural Park has an abundant where you can taste the local cuisine. Beja, the geological and animal wealth. The trees and wild Pax Julia of Julius Caesar’s time, still maintains plants that perfume the air constantly change an atmosphere of peace that is difficult to find colour along the different trails through the nowadays. It stands proudly overlooking the hills. Perched high on an enormous rock, almost surrounding plain, stoutly defended by the keep touching the sky and protected by the walls of its castle. of its fortress, Marvão is a unique town, full of fascinating stories. In Castelo de Vide, you can All along the Alentejo coastline, from Tróia to wander at random through one of Portugal’s Sines, the landscape is dominated by a deep best preserved old Jewish quarters. More information can be found at www.visitalentejo.pt
  11. 11. Portugal has 220 days of sun per year andmore than 400 Portuguese coastal beachesfor you to find out.Praia da Comporta, Alentejo
  12. 12. Praia do Alemão, Lagos Portugal Europes West Coast P. 25 Algarve 1. Porto de Mós, Algarve 2. Cathedral, Faro 3. Marina, Vilamoura 4. Ferragudo, Lagoa 5. Ocean Course, Vale do Lobo Seen from the sea, the Algarve coastline is cosmopolitan and picturesque. Faro will a succession of cliffs, oddly shaped rocks surprise you at every step with its historic offering a variety of silhouettes, caves centre, enlivened with bars, shops, café formed by the dialogue between wind and terraces and restaurants where you can find an sea, great expanses of sand, and water appetising range of fish and seafood dishes. exhibiting every possible shade of blue. Surrounded by walls, Lagos is an imposing All along the coast are beaches of different presence on one of the most characteristic shapes and sizes, with one to suit every stretches of the Algarve coast, with its caves taste. Large or small, calm or with waves, and potholes carved out of the rock. At the deserted or highly popular, most of the western end of the coast is Sagres, which in Algarve’s beaches proudly fly the EU’s blue the 15th century was the training school for the flag, and you can count on the sun’s presence great navigators, and now invites you to stay all year round. Whether you want to laze in a while longer and contemplate the sea from the shade of a parasol, swim in the Atlantic its promontory. In Albufeira, in the evenings, Ocean, go underwater diving, do some angling, the sun is the last of all to say goodbye on windsurf or jet-ski, the Algarve’s beaches are the café terraces by the seaside, whereupon a guaranteed delight for all your senses. the moon comes up with its promise of warm nights in the bars and discotheques. Tavira, a But there are also other landscapes to be city of many churches, with buildings crowned found in the Algarve, where nature still by unusual scissor-shaped hipped roofs, is continues to live as it was always intended surrounded by fig-trees and almond-trees that to. In the nature reserves and natural parks, have inspired the production of sweets in the the fauna and flora are a constant source shape of fruits, fishes, birds and everything of amazement for those looking to discover that the imagination can possibly dream of. rare plants and flowers and elegant birds such as flamingos, storks and herons. If your summer’s dream is such that you’re looking for a glamorous atmosphere, then come More than 30 breathtakingly beautiful golf and join the jet set at Vale do Lobo, Ancão and courses are a genuine paradise for even the Quinta do Lago. Bringing you entertainment most demanding golfer. The region’s mild with a cosmopolitan lifestyle and spirit, the climate, with sunshine all year round, means ALLGARVE programme of events organises that this sport can be played in every season, all kinds of concerts, shows, exhibitions and the silence only interrupted by the sound of a festivals. With their own special programmes stroke being played or the singing of a bird. certain to suit every taste, the casinos at Praia da Rocha, Vilamoura and Monte Gordo are all The beauty of nature and the sophistication waiting for you, just as the Algarve awaits of contemporary culture combine in perfect all those who enjoy living life to the full. harmony in an Algarve that is simultaneously More information can be found at www.visitalgarve.pt
  13. 13. The combination of great weather, verdantfairways, and azure seas and skies is almostaddictive.The New York TimesOcean Course, Vale do Lobo
  14. 14. Funchal, Madeira Portugal Europes West Coast P. 29 Madeira Islands This floating garden of verdant vegetation is walk into the market and wend your way amidst the home of orchids, anthuriums and birds of the stalls displaying fruits and vegetables of all 1. Marina, Funchal paradise, as well as many other flowers with shapes, sizes and smells. As you spend your 2. São Vicente unforgettable aromas and unexpected colours. time touring the island, you will find various White clouds drift across skies of blue while, statues erected in honour of historical figures 3. Trekking on the Levadas below, boats plough their way through the deep such as João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer 4. Porto Santo blue sea, contrasting sharply with the green of of Madeira, and Christopher Columbus, who 5. Madeira Wine the island’s forests and mountains. lived for a while on Porto Santo and whose house you can visit. In this seaside garden, the The island of Porto Santo invites you to spend local gastronomy will delight visitors with its some time sunbathing before diving into the sophisticated dishes of fish and exotic fruit. The clear transparent waters of its vast sandy famous Madeira wine, so greatly appreciated beach, running uninterrupted over a total of nine all around the world, is another of this island’s kilometres. The calm sea, with its gently lapping great treasures. waves, is ideal for such sports as sailing, windsurfing or water skiing. And what about Madeira as seen from the sea? In the marina, where each day large cruise ships After this bout of personal therapy, you should can be seen sailing in and out of the harbour, head for Funchal and make your way deep there are boats you can hire to take you out inland on the island of Madeira, where some into the Atlantic Ocean and all around the truly unforgettable adventures lie in wait for archipelago, including the remote islands known you. Have you ever imagined walking through as the "Ilhas Selvagens" (the “wild islands” and a fantastic forest, many millions of years old, the refuge of the extremely rare monk seals) where the trees and shrubs never shed a single and the "Ilhas Desertas" (the “deserted islands”, leaf? You can realise this dream in the world’s which are a genuine sanctuary for sea birds). largest and best preserved evergreen forest, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Rounding off all these pleasures is a calendar of events that includes, amongst other delights, Another unique attraction is the series of Carnival parades, the annual flower festival irrigation channels known as "levadas" that and the Atlantic Festival, composed of firework are a result of the enormous project of building displays and musical concerts. The year’s high an irrigation system for the whole island. With point is, however, the magnificent firework a total length of roughly 1,400 kilometres, display held to mark the beginning of the New these channels form a network of pathways Year. that you will want to follow and explore, discovering some truly breathtaking landscapes The inhabitants of Madeira are warm and in an unforgettable encounter with nature in friendly people, given to smiling all year round, its purest form. Feel the adrenaline coursing and then there is the mild climate that makes through your veins when you accept the it seem as though it is forever spring, turning challenge of a somewhat more daring climb to this into the perfect place for resting both the top of Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro. You’ll mind and body. Indulge yourself in the island’s find yourself walking above the clouds with the sophisticated spas with natural swimming- whole island below you at your feet. pools, saunas, thalassotherapy, hydromassage and Turkish baths. Enjoy some magnificent panoramic views as you try the unusual experience of a cable car, Here, in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, where helicopter or even hot-air balloon ride over the there is no need for either time or timetables, island. In Funchal, visit the cathedral, convents, the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of museums, churches, chapels and fortresses. If Madeira awaits you. you can’t resist bright and happy colours, then More information can be found at www.madeiraislands.travel
  15. 15. An island that surges from the Atlantic in aseries of sharp volcanic peaks and knife-edged ridges, before dropping down to averdant coastline as nibbled and lacy as apaper doily.Times OnlineViewing Point, Balcões da Madeira
  16. 16. "Fajãs", São Jorge Portugal Europes West Coast P. 33 Azores Visiting this green and blue archipelago, where impression of a magical boat eternally anchored the ocean touches the sky, is like watching the in the midst of the ocean, you can admire 1. Dolphins, Pico world being born in front of your very eyes. the peculiar fajãs (seemingly flat surfaces on 2. Lake, Flores Here, the horizon disappears into infinity, time the sea) lying at the foot of high cliffs, in this 3. São Miguel stands still and the paradise of these nine fertile land of steep slopes and beautiful cross- islands remains permanently unchanged. country footpaths. Make sure to take advantage 4. Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira of your stay to sample the island’s cheese 5. Marina, Horta, Faial In the East, closer to the European mainland, with its unique and unmistakable flavour. are the islands of Santa Maria and São Miguel. You’ll be delightfully surprised by the vineyards The Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard of Santa Maria, which spread over the terraces Culture, classified by UNESCO as a World of the hillsides in the form of an amphitheatre, Heritage site, establishes a contrast between its suggesting steps that have been built specially hard, dark basalt terrain and the white summit, for giants. Overlooking a large bay, Ponta covered in winter snow, of the majestic volcanic Delgada, in São Miguel, is the island’s main port. peak that gives its name to the island, rising to It is a dynamic city, its attention turned almost a towering height of some 2,350 metres above completely towards the sea, and with a busy a lava-covered landscape. Clearly visible to economic life. The lakes of Lagoa do Fogo and the west is the marina of the island of Horta, Lagoa das Sete Cidades charm visitors with the known to all oceangoing yachtsmen, where music emanating from the songs of the wind seafarers leave their paintings behind them and the legends that are told about them locally. on the walls and ground, reminding people of They are truly unforgettable and breathtaking their passage through this region. Soak up the places. Feel the power rising up from the special atmosphere of the port by enjoying earth at the island’s geysers, hot water spas a drink at Peter’s café, a bar that welcomes and volcanic lakes, and make sure that you sailors from all over the world and makes them sample the famous “Cozido das Furnas”, a dish feel perfectly at home. While you’re still on that is slowly stewed inside the earth itself. the island of Faial, make sure to visit the now extinct volcano of Capelinhos, standing in stark The central group of islands consists of contrast to the living nature all around it and Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Faial and Graciosa, giving the impression of a lunar landscape. scattered harmoniously over the surface of the deep blue sea, where whales and The green island of Graciosa, which is “graceful” dolphins frolic happily on the surface of the both by name and appearance, is also famous water, to the great delight of visitors. for its curious windmills, reminding its visitors of the far-off region of Flanders, from where The classification of World Heritage site that some of its first inhabitants originally came. has been awarded to Angra do Heroísmo gives Terceira a quite unique status. In the In the western group of islands, nature reveals streets of this city, the architecture of the itself in all its wild exuberance and time seems olden days is perfectly preserved, protected to pass by much more slowly. On the island of by the powerful wall that defended both the Flores, it is impossible not to be charmed by the population and the port itself from pirate beauty of its natural waterfalls, but be sure also attacks. Dotted across the criss-cross pattern to take the chance to go diving in the Atlantic of the verdant plains are the silhouettes of Ocean and discover its unique brightly-coloured dairy cattle, contrasting with the bright colours underwater species. Corvo is a small community of the gaudy chapels known as “impérios”, of white houses, living at the gentle pace of interspersed amidst the white houses. nature itself and extending a warm and heartfelt welcome to its visitors, just like all Azoreans. On the island of São Jorge, which gives the More information can be found at www.visitazores.travel
  17. 17. Much of Portugal remains blissfully undiscovered.Charmantes Portugal, ein großartigesI-escapeEuropaZiel inDaily HeraldLagoa de São Tiago and Lagoa Azul, São Miguel, AzoresCosta Nova, Aveiro, Centro de Portugal
  18. 18. Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, Batalha, Lisbon Portugal Europes West Coast P. 37 World Heritage Exploring its (Portugal’s) towns, cities, villages and countryside will likely take longer than expected because there is so much richness and variety along the way. The New York Times 1. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon 2. Ducal Palace, Guimarães, The country’s extremely rich monumental, the carefully carved details of the stonework Porto e Norte artistic and archaeological heritage reflects and can listen to the secrets that lie hidden 3. Laurissilva Forest, Madeira the different encounters in time and space in this remarkable space. When you get to 4. Templars Rotunda, Convento that have given Portuguese culture its unique Lisbon, the Torre de Belém marks the apogee of de Cristo, Tomar, Lisbon characteristics in world terms. In Portugal, Portuguese art in the century of the Discoveries, 5. Vineyards, Pico, Azores amongst its historic centres, archaeological rising up symbolically at the point from which sites, monuments, cultural landscapes and the great ships and caravels set sail on their natural landscapes, there are thirteen locations epic voyages. The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos forms classified by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. the most remarkable set of monastic buildings Here, a variety of styles and history overlap from the 16th century in Portugal, and is with one another, ranging from prehistoric rock considered by many to be the supreme example drawings to the late baroque, from the cities of the Manueline style. built by man to the landscapes offered to us by Mother Nature, all of them classified as World Sintra is one of those places that are full Heritage sites. of magic and mystery, where nature and culture have joined together to form a cultural Enjoy a stroll through the historic centres of the landscape that denotes a perfect symbiosis. cities. In their streets, you can read the history Over the years, the court and the nobles of the different cultures that have inhabited built sumptuous stately homes and palaces and transformed them over the years. Discover all across the hills, surrounded by parks and the traces left in the museum-city of Évora gardens. In the Upper Douro Wine Region, by the Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs, or the long tradition of viticulture has led to the the medieval origins of Porto’s Historic Centre. formation of a landscape of exceptional beauty Visit the palaces, monasteries, convents and which, with the River Douro at its foot, has been churches of the Historic Centre of Angra do producing wine since time immemorial; it is, of Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira in the Azores, course, from here that the famous Port wine and succumb to the charms of the castle of originates. In the Azores, on the island of Pico, Guimarães and the historic centre of this city the whims of nature and the determination of that gave birth to the nation of Portugal. man have succeeded in turning the hard basalt rocks and volcanic soil into surprising vineyards, The encounter with other cultures and creating a cultural landscape that is unique Portugal’s mastery of the seas in the time in the world: the Landscape of the Pico Island of the Discoveries gave birth to Manueline Vineyard Culture. On the island of Madeira, the art, named after the king Dom Manuel I. prehistoric and exuberant evergreen Laurissilva The Convento de Cristo in Tomar, whose forest is one of the island’s great natural architecture displays features that range attractions. from the Romanesque to the Mannerist, was founded in 1162 and centuries later became In the Côa valley, you can wend your way the headquarters of the religious and military through an art gallery that is over 25,000 Order of Christ. Take your time observing every years old and appreciate at this unique site detail of the monastery’s famous window the world’s largest collection of Palaeolithic and enjoy the great beauty of the Charola figure drawings ever discovered. Seventeen (the Templars’ Rotunda). At the Monastery of kilometres of art displayed in the open air show Alcobaça, one of the most important abbeys of the creative genius of our ancestors, from the the Cistercian Order, you will be struck by the Upper Palaeolithic to the Iron Age, taking you on grandeur of Gothic architecture, while at one of a journey through time to the early origins of the most fascinating monuments in Europe, the the history of humankind. Monastery of Batalha, you will be astounded by More information can be found at www.visitportugal.com
  19. 19. Quinta da Marinha, Lisbon Portugal Europes West Coast P. 39 Golf Portugal has 10 golf courses in the top 100 of Continental Europe. Golf World 1. Almancil, Algarve Take advantage of the country’s mild climate encounter in the middle of the course set the 2. Sesimbra, Lisbon and set off to discover what many consider tone for your later discovery of the region. 3. Albufeira, Algarve to be the golfers’ paradise. Portugal has more 4. Vilamoura, Algarve than 70 golf courses from north to south, To the south of the River Tagus, long, seemingly 5. Óbidos, Lisbon where you can play by the sea shore amidst never-ending expanses of sand bathed by grass-covered sand dunes, make your way the immense Atlantic Ocean mark out the through elegant parkland areas flanked by boundaries of the golf courses designed trees and delight in some magnificent views. by world-famous architects such as Frank Designed with great intelligence, these courses Pennink and Robert Trent Jones. Located in present difficult challenges even to the most a protected area to the south of Setúbal, the skilful of golfers and offer all players the great course of Tróia is surrounded by pine-trees in beauty of their natural settings. The sun is an an idyllic setting between the water of the River ever-present companion and provides some Sado on one side and the sea on the other. truly perfect days for golfing enthusiasts. Sea and beaches, cliffs and dunes, always Twice voted the world’s best golfing destination, warmed and illuminated by the sun, are the the Algarve has more than 30 golf courses along permanent painted backdrop to the golf courses its coast, all ready and waiting to see some of the west coast. Just a few kilometres from great shots inspired by the ocean and visited by the historic medieval town of Óbidos, in an area golfers from all over the world. Here, the sun’s of rare environmental beauty, the Praia Del presence is even more certain, being guaranteed Rey course, designed by the American architect all year round. The courses have been designed Cabell Robinson, offers golfers a combination by such highly regarded architects as Sir of magnificent sea views, spectacular cliffs Henry Cotton and Arnold Palmer and provide and elegant pine-groves. Thirty minutes from some excellent challenges, playing against Óbidos, and rivalling this course in terms of both the beautiful backdrop of green superimposed its beauty and the challenges that it provides, on blue. Courses such as the Old Course and is the Golden Eagle course, designed by Rocky the Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura host Roquemore with a typically American layout. a series of famous international events. Madeira is another destination that is becoming The Estoril Coast, with its privileged location increasingly popular amongst golfers. The close to Lisbon, is a destination highly breathtaking landscapes of the Palheiro Golfe appreciated by golfers. At the Belas course, and Santo da Serra courses compete with one designed by Rocky Roquemore, the wind another to be the most beautiful. The Porto requires players to rethink the natural trajectory Santo Golfe course, originally designed by the of their strokes. The Quinta da Marinha Oitavos famous Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, Golfe, set amidst pine-trees and sand dunes offers players a truly fabulous view over the in an area of great natural beauty, is the first extensive beach of the island of Porto Santo. golf course in Europe and the second course in the world to be awarded the Audubon The Azores offer you the chance to play golf International “Certified Signature Sanctuary/ amidst lakes and mountains, with the sea Gold”. Set in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, always in view. The choice is between the classified as a World Heritage site, the Penha Furnas golf course designed by the famous Longa Mosteiro and Atlântico courses together Scottish architect Mackenzie Ross, the plains form a loop that presents challenges for all of the Batalha course, or the Terceira course, golfers. The Palácio de Pena, standing high surrounded by thousands of flowers. up in the hills, and the ruins that you will More information can be found at www.visitportugal.com
  20. 20. Terraces on the River Douro, Porto e Norte Portugal Europes West Coast P. 41 Gastronomy and Wines Since the beginning of the century, Portugal has emerged from the shadows to become one of the most interesting and exciting red wine producing regions in the world. Wine Spectator Portugal has a gastronomy that is as rich and this status, and it is from this unique varied as its landscape and heritage. With landscape – classified by UNESCO as a World its extensive coastal strip, it is impossible to Heritage site – that Port wine is created. This find a restaurant by the sea that does not unforgettable panorama of terraces, carved offer its diners tasty dishes of fresh fish or out of the hillsides by the hands of men, is best delicious seafood. The sea can also serve as admired in all of its great exuberance from your inspiration for discovering some of the aboard a boat gently cruising along the river. 1001 recipes for the preparation of dishes 1. Port Wine Lodges, Gaia, based on "bacalhau", the dried salted cod In the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Porto e Norte that is so loved by the Portuguese. Nor can Caramulo, wherever you go, a mountain always 2. Wine Tasting you afford to miss sampling the famous appears in front of you, presenting such varied "cozido à portuguesa", a succulent dish and interesting contrasts. We recommend you 3. Grilled Fish combining meat and vegetables. Olive-oil visit some of the most emblematic estates that 4. Pastéis de Belém and fresh aromatic herbs are a constant produce the famous Dão wine and try out some 5. Fine Cuisine feature of our cuisine. You’ll be astounded by of the local gastronomic delights, including a the quality and variety of cheeses made from whole range of typical dishes prepared from kid, ewe, cow or goat’s milk, such as those from a variety of sausages, and the famous cheese Serra da Estrela, Serpa, Nisa or Azeitão. known as queijo da Serra, raising a glass of wine at the same time, as a toast to life itself. And now the time has come to talk about Portuguese wine. Just how many images of a To the south, on the Peninsula of Setúbal, you country can be found within one single bottle will find a series of clear contrasts: mountain of wine? Drunk all over the world, white or and sea, city and country, modernity and red, whether made from immature "verde" or tradition. As you travel between Azeitão, fully ripe grapes, our wine has its own special Palmela and Setúbal, you will find all kinds of story to tell. And if you really want to know delights for the senses. Just smell the different and understand a wine, it’s not enough just to aromas of the vines and savour some of the taste it: you have to visit the places where it best regional gastronomy, such as fish and comes into being, spending some time in the seafood dishes, cheeses and sweets, always region where the grapes are grown under the accompanied by a glass of white or red, or watchful eye of time and savouring the best of one of the local sweet fortified wines. the local gastronomy, in order to understand the soul of all the flavours. A region’s wine, In the Alentejo, the special properties of the just like its gastronomy, springs from the land and the relentless sun combine to form landscapes and culture that it bears witness to. some quite appetising creations. Discover the secrets of the towns and villages devoted to the In the Minho, where it seems that green has art of viticulture, and ask for one of the wines consumed all the other colours of the rainbow, from Borba, Redondo, Reguengos or Vidigueira verdant landscapes stretch all the way to the to accompany the dishes made with such care horizon. Due to the particular conditions of and imagination, such as migas (bread crumbs its soil and climate, this region produces a mixed with bacon fat and garlic) with pork, unique wine. Light and fresh, "vinho verde" is açorda alentejana (bread soup with coriander an excellent wine for accompanying starters, and garlic), the local cheeses and the desserts or fish and seafood dishes, or just for enjoying made from the old recipes of the monks. a relaxing break on a hot, sunny day. Make sure to try the "caldo verde" soup made In the archipelago of the Azores, you should from potatoes and cabbage, the corn bread try the delicious cozido das Furnas (a stew known as "broa de milho", the sausages, the cooked by using the heat inside the earth "bacalhau" dishes, the lamprey eel, trout and itself), the succulent meat from the beef cattle shad, and discover the most highly appreciated of the islands’ green meadows, the famous Portuguese "vinho verde", Alvarinho. queijo da Ilha cheese, the tasty locally-grown pineapple. Take advantage of your visit to taste Also in the north of the country, in a region the Verdelho wine produced from the vineyards of granite hills, where the soil is heated by of Pico, which are classified as a World Heritage the sun, the most famous of all wines was site. In Madeira, let your taste buds be seduced first made in the grandiose amphitheatres by the espetada de carne (cubes of charcoal that shape the valley of the River Douro. This grilled beef on a skewer of laurel), the special has been a demarcated region since 1756, bolo de mel (honey cake), the island’s exotic being the first in the world to be afforded fruits and, of course, the famous Madeira wine. More information can be found at www.visitportugal.com
  21. 21. Kitesurfing, Costa da Caparica, Lisbon Portugal Europes West Coast P. 43 Sun and Sea The beaches are great for those hoping to ride the waves, or simply to get away from the crowds to soak up the sun and the sound of the surf. ABC News Portugal has 850 kilometres of Atlantic highly popular amongst bathers. Also exhibiting beaches, with sunshine all year round. From the its own particular charm, captured so well by north to the south of the country, not forgetting painters such as José Malhoa, is the Praia das the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, Maçãs, which remains the preferred destination 1. Sailing, Estoril, Lisbon there are many beaches displaying the blue flag, of the more traditional families. 2. Praia da Falésia, Algarve guaranteeing their generally excellent state. 3. Praia da Comporta, Alentejo All of these beaches have their own particular Tróia marks the beginning of a long stretch 4. Arrábida, Lisbon charms and represent a diversified supply with of sandy beaches that extends all the way to characteristics to suit every taste. Sines. In the South-West Alentejo, in the heart 5. Porto Santo, Madeira of the region’s Natural Park, the landscape In the north, the water is cool and can be rather forms a series of small inlets. Discover one for rough at times. Vila Praia de Âncora and the yourself, stretch out and lie down in the sun and coastal strip around Esposende form a beautiful relax. protected area of deserted sand dunes. If you prefer a little more excitement, then head for Enjoy the extraordinary sunlight in the south. the beaches of Viana do Castelo, Póvoa de In the Algarve, the sea is warmer, so you can Varzim or Espinho, where you have excellent go straight in and spend lots of time there. The facilities for surfing, bodyboarding, volleyball, settings change along the coast. In the west, beach football, or just doing whatever takes you will find small beaches framed by flame- your fancy. coloured cliffs, while in the east the beaches consist of small, almost completely deserted In the centre of Portugal, you will find a islands next to the Ria Formosa Natural Park. predominance of large expanses of sand, such There is a wide range of different activities as the beach at Figueira da Foz, regularly used available. Choose whatever you prefer – boat for major sports events. In Aveiro the sea trips to visit the caves along the coast or diving continues into the lagoon, offering the chance of into the clear sea water. windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. If you prefer walking in the sand, then you can do this down In the archipelago of Madeira, the idyllic nine- by the ocean shore or through the dunes of São kilometre-long beach on Porto Santo invites Jacinto. you to stretch out lazily in the sun between occasional dips in the transparent sea. Take For surfers from all over the world, Portugal is advantage of the gentle waves and let yourself just one huge beach. We’ll give you a few tips, be gently rocked from side to side in a sailing but you’ll have to discover your own special boat, or glide effortlessly over the waves as you favourite! Begin with the beach known as water ski. Supertubos in Peniche, where the waves are a legend in surfing circles, and then carry on In the Azores, you cannot afford to miss the to Ribeira d’Ilhas in the area round Ericeira, a opportunity to take a boat ride out into the beach that each year hosts one of the various ocean to see the whales and all the great wealth stages of the world surfing championships. that nature has to offer us there. In Guincho, the waves are more versatile and perfect for windsurfing. In Costa da Caparica, a For those who enjoy peace and quiet and direct 30 kilometre stretch of sand and just the right contact with nature, there is nothing better than wind strength make this the ideal environment some holidays spent on board a sailing boat. for kitesurfing. In the marinas and harbours along the coast, including in the Azores and Madeira, you will find Close to Lisbon, the whole of the coast leading some tempting offers for venturing out into the to Cascais – and, in particular, the glamorous Atlantic. You will also find ideal conditions here beach of Estoril, a refuge for the world’s nobility to enjoy a welcome and comfortable stay if you and many famous spies in the first half of the prefer to enter Portugal from the sea. 20th century – is still very much in fashion and More information can be found at www.visitportugal.com
  22. 22. Discothèque, Porto Portugal Europes West Coast P. 45 Culture and Leisure Don’t tell the mallrats, but Lisbon is becoming an Iberian cultural hub. Monocle 1. Cais de Gaia, Porto e Norte Are you interested in art? The National Museum in a natural amphitheatre, close to the town 2. Docas, Lisbon of Ancient Art has some remarkable works on of the same name or at Zambujeira do Mar, 3. Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon display made by Portuguese artists, such as where the Sudoeste TMN Festival is held every the Belém Monstrance, and others that record August, with some of today’s most irreverent 4. Music Festival, Zambujeira do Mar, the Portuguese legacy in the world, such as the bands. Jazz is also very much on the agenda: Alentejo Namban Screens. Two of the exhibits that you in July, be sure to drop in at the Estoril Jazz 5. Fado, Lisbon cannot afford to miss are Hieronymus Bosch’s Festival, while in August there’s also Jazz at famous triptych entitled "The Temptations of the Gulbenkian, in Lisbon, and, in October, St. Anthony" and Dürer’s portrait of St. Jerome. at the Angrajazz Festival in the Azores. And, At the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, discover finally, in November, there’s the Guimarães the art of Egypt and Mesopotamia and the Jazz Festival in the region of Porto e Norte. works of Rubens, Rembrandt and Monet. If you’re a film buff, come and discover the Do you prefer other artistic styles? At the range of festivals taking place in Portugal Berardo Collection Museum, you’ll find the each year. Get ready for the festival of works of Vieira da Silva, Magritte, Mondrian and fantasy films in February and March with Picasso waiting for you. Give yourself some time Fantasporto, which has delighted film fans in to admire the exhibitions of Asian masks and the city of Porto for the past 30 years. And the music and dance performances at the Orient discover some of the new up-and-coming Museum. Discover a typically Portuguese art filmmakers and trends from world cinema at at the National Tile Museum and let your eyes Indie Lisboa, the International Independent feast on the richly decorated royal carriages Film Festival held in Lisbon in April. at the National Coach Museum. In Porto, make sure to visit the Serralves Foundation, where, And, finally, have you heard about the famous besides displaying its own permanent collection, Lisbon nightlife? Come and taste some of the Museum of Contemporary Art holds regular the new Portuguese cuisine in the bars exhibitions of international artists, such as Andy and restaurants down by the river, enjoy a Warhol, Francis Bacon, Juan Muñoz and Goldin. pleasant dinner listening to Fado music in one of Lisbon’s more typical old quarters, or Are you a music fan? In Portugal, there are let yourself get captivated by the exciting concerts for lovers of all rhythms from the rhythms that you’ll hear at the bars and discos classics to more modern genres. Check out the in the Docas area, along Avenida 24 de Julho, list of major venues such as the Centro Cultural or further up the hill in Bairro Alto. Algarve’s de Belém in Lisbon and the Casa da Música warm nights have many open air venues and in Porto. Don’t miss the Sintra festival, which beach festivals where you can party until dawn. combines classical music with ballet in settings Porto comes alive in the discos of Foz and the of great beauty. In the summer, the festivities riverside districts of Ribeira or Cais de Gaia, bring people out into the street. Get into the across the river. Discover all the charm and party spirit at the many festivals taking place seductiveness of the menus and atmospheres from the north to the south of the country. of the new restaurants. We want you to have Don’t miss the Optimus Alive Festival at the fun, and there are certainly plenty of places Passeio Marítimo de Algés, on the banks of the available all around the country for dancing, River Tagus. When July comes around, you can listening to music, or simply enjoying some hear the best music at the Super Bock Super companionship and conversation. Gamblers Rock Festival and see concerts performed by will find Lady Luck waiting for them at the some of your favourite pop, rock, hip hop and casinos in the north and south of the country. funk groups. Listen to alternative rock bands Let yourself be guided by the thousands of playing live at the Paredes de Coura Festival, bright lights that fill the nights in Portugal. More information can be found at www.visitportugal.com