The fertile rolling valleys of Minho lie northwest of Porto, abutting the border with Spain, an untamed region offering historic cities, sacred monuments, a fine gastronomy and a reputation for producing aromatic young wines. Even though it’s well off the tourist track, there’s plenty to do when spending a day in the Minho region.
Touring the Ribatejo wine region from Lisbon takes visitors into quiet backwater landscapes, far from the madding crowd of the city. Wine has been produced in the fertile Tagus river valley for thousands of years, where the gently undulating plains produce vegetables, fruit, olives and rice as well as red table wines.
The Berlengas Archipelago sits off the Atlantic coast of Portugal north of Lisbon, a rocky string of three granite islands and deserted reefs reached from the town of Peniche. Visiting Berlenga Grande from Lisbon is taking a step away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquility of a pristine natural haven.
Happening each Easter in Funchal, the Madeira Flower Festival is one of the highlights of the island’s year. Taking to the streets of the island’s capital Funchal two weeks after Easter, the festival is one of the most colorful events of the year and runs from April 16 to April 22 in 2015, with carnival parades on the 18th and 19th.
Almost a 1,600 km (one thousand miles) from Portugal’s capital of Lisbon, the rocky archipelago of nine islands that forms the Azores is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With volcanic mountains, hot springs and undergroud cave systems, they have some of the most spectacular natural beauty and an abundant wildlife. Among many options, here are the top five things to do in the Azores.
The lovely Atlantic city of Porto grew rich thanks to its proximity to the vineyards lining the fertile Douro Valley and has more than enough splendid architecture to keep visitors happy for days. However, it is also near some of the most sacred destinations on the Iberian Peninsula; there are several pilgrimage places near Porto to be seen on day tours.