Sprawling along the Douro River and once an outpost of the Roman Empire, historic Porto is the biggest city in northern Portugal and the main town of the fabled Douro wine-growing region. With an ancient heart and stylish modern boulevards, quayside walkways and landscaped, the city is a delight to explore on foot. Look out for the top ten sights to see walking around Porto.
The charming Portuguese city of Lisbon is a photogenic sprawl across seven hills; an elegant city of tiled sidewalks and grand architecture overlooking the River Tagus. The city wears its history with pride, as can be seen in the most popular sightseeing districts in Lisbon.
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.