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Located on the western coast of the Iberian peninsula, Portugal is one of Europe’s most visited countries due to its idyllic climate, affordable travel costs and exceptional attractions. For such a small country, Portugal packs a punch. From cosmopolitan cities and out-of-the-way towns and villages, to lively beach resorts and spectacular national parks, this diminutive nation offers an incredibly diverse range of visitor attractions. Defining Portugal's history is an amazing collection of monuments and historic buildings, many of them recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Lisbon is one of the greatest cities of Europe, perfectly combining history and culture in a progressive and dynamic city. The capital of Portugal has it all: a stunning hilltop location on the river Tegus, magnificent plazas, icing-sugar cathedrals and the cobbled alleyways of the old Moorish Alfama quarter. It has an abundance of tourist activities and attractions, and at least three days is needed to discover the city.

Don’t miss Portugal’s second largest city, Porto. Known for it’s famous Port wine, Porto’s stretches of vineyards make up most of the nearby Douro Valley. With a medieval past and incredibly authentic riverside, this is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous cities in Western Europe to discover.

One of the most popular places just outside of Lisbon and an absolute must visit is Pastéis de Belém, home to the famous Portuguese Tarts. The tarts have a warm eggy centre due to the constant output and never ending line of tourists and locals waiting to get their hands on a bagful.

Portugal only has one national park and this is the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Located in Minho, a region known for its beauty, Peneda-Gerês National Park offers oak forests, a winding Roman road with ancient markers, bridges and waterfalls. Camping is allowed in specific parts of the park and some natural pools allow swimming during the warmer months. This is another excellent location to get in a good hike and also for bird-watching.

One of the premier resort towns in Portugal, Lagos basks in the warmth of the Algarve sun and is the preferred vacation destination for thousands of visitors. Known for the fabulous beaches that flank the town either side of its international marina, Lagos is also home to some truly magical rock formations, sandstone cliffs that tower over a series of sea caves, and weirdly shaped grottoes.