Quite small in size, Portugal nevertheless combines the richest historical heritage and numerous ancient fortresses, cathedrals and palaces, mild climate and beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, calm hospitable people and modern resorts. The beaches of the Algarve (southern province of the country) and the islands of Madeira, the resort areas of Estoril and Cascais, the balneological resorts of Caldas da Rainha and Caldas de Monchique, all this attract more than 10 million tourists from all over the world every year.
Lisbon (“favorite bay”) is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, spread out on the hilly slopes of the Tagus river valley in the region of its confluence with the ocean. The city has a well-recognizable “face” formed by an abundance of old buildings, steep stairs, funiculars, paved streets of old quarters, many tiny parks with ponds and convenient panoramic terraces to the Mirador. Continue reading