Portugal

Braga

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Portugal

The town is considered the most conservative, and by some the most pious, by others the most fanatic. The city is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal.The city is importance as a religious centre is by no means a recent phenomenon and pilgrims have been journeying here for many centuries. However, in the 12th century, as the seat of the Portuguese archbishops, it became established as the religious capital of the country.This rich historical and cultural past has been lovingly well kept, even to the extent that local laws prevent the construction of high buildings in the certain areas so as to preserve the ancient beauty, also it quickly became a spiritual centre and the home for the Catholic Church. Splendid and architecturally interesting buildings still remain to record this period.Famous for its historical buildings, monuments, gardens and fountains Braga is a beautiful city in the heart of the green Minho, The town is also known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture. The city is located in the North of Portugal, the more developed territory. This town is the commercial and business center of the region.

Coimbra

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Portugal

The city of Coimbra is since 1290 one of the oldest university cities in whole Europe with about 19.000 students. Actually the city of Coimbra is the intellectual and spiritual centre of Portugal a monument. Coimbra was created with its different faculties, the Biblioteca Joanina (library of Joanina) and the Jardim Botanico (botanical garden).Indeed the university is still the lifeblood of the town and the change in atmosphere is notable when the summer holidays come and the thousands of students head back to their hometowns. Coimbra, which was the capital of Portugal from 1139 to about 1260, has a large archeological site with extensive ruins dating from the time it was a Roman city called Aeminium. Coimbra called the old town ("cidade alta" or "upper town") are fine old churches and narrow streets standing up on a hill overlooking the Modego River. The town of Coimbra is second only to Oporto and Lisbon. Its ancient buildings cling to the side of the hill that rises above the curves of the river Mondego, the ornate buildings of the famous University of Coimbra are its crowning glory. 

Lisbon

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and largest town of Portugal and capital of the Lisbon Region. It has a population around of 575,477, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area in total has around 2,800,000 inhabitants, the largest urban agglomeration of Portugal. In the town of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past, renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle mirror the city's rich cultural heritage. Lisbon is known for thrilling nightlife, in the last few years it has become recognized as Europe's gambling centre, due to its two huge casinos. Lisbon also have a great number of remarkable museums of modern and ancient art, some of which are Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Coach Museum, and Carmo Archaeological Museum. However, Lisbon isn't all history and culture, Bairro Alto is the center of nightlife with various bars and restaurants where melancholic traditional Portuguese music, Fado, can also be listened. 

Oporto

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Portugal

Oporto is also known for its characteristic sailboats, the "Barcos Rabelos", which used to ship Port downstream from the vineyards. Formerly the trip was actually quite dangerous, however the introduction of the Port train in the late 1800's, the Barcos Rabelos continued to be used for transporting Port until the 1960's. Actually these days, the famous boats are used for an annual race, held in Oporto in June every year. Also you can visit right next to Oporto, Vila Nova de Gaia or you may choose to take a river cruise along the Douro. The whole district is filled with prosperous cities, as industry and commerce thrive there, however you can drive along many calm roads with wonderful views over the river or enjoy a rugged and still unspoilt coastline. 

Oporto have numerous coastal resorts and fishing villages on the Atlantic coastline, well known for their seafood restaurants. The town of Oporto is the cultural and administrative center of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Oporto (Grande Area Metropolitana do Oporto) metropolitan area, and is located in the North region, with a population around (240,000 inhabitants). Oporto was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical centre was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the romans referred to it as Portus Calle .Bridges and port wine are what characterises Oporto, Portugal's gracious northern capital and second largest city after Lisbon. The main reason tourists or travellers visit Oporto is to sample its legendary port wine, processed, blended and aged in the various lodges of the Vila Nova de Gaia and is located magnificently on the banks of the great Douro River. 

Portugal

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in Portugal

Portugal Tour fantastically remodeled cities and healthy design of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Evora , Batalha and Alcobaça . If you're fascinated by monuments, Evora and Coimbra square measure must-sees.The most stunning natural areas lie the Minho , Lima, and Douro depression,top deals, you'll be able to explore the abundant beauty and rural customs of the Minho depression, or examine the spectacular gorge within the Douro depression. the town of port is found at the tip of the Douro depression, on the sea, and is legendary for its fortified wine. it's a superb base for exploring the region,accommodation deals, 
If it’s the beach you're once, the Algarve coast offers extremely developed stretches of beach. the {remainder} of the coast (with the exception of the realm close to national capital and Porto) remain quiet, completely Portuguese and isolated. nice stretches of sand square measure there for the quiet, particularly on the northern Costa Verde , close to Viano do Castelo . The beaches close to southern Alentejo square measure the foremost remote and least inhabited.Lisbon is probably Europe’s most pleasant and reasonable town,travel, Its fantastic design, various population, delicious food, intriguing tile-work and non-stop night-life assemble the most effective parts of Portuguese life. Don’t miss a night bar-hopping within the Bairro Alto taking note of contemporany hip music and Portuguese blues-fado,online bookings,

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