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PORTUGAL

Portugal is a colourful country on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, and includes the Azores Islands and Madeira as well. Portugal is a wonderful place for holidays that offers a range of attractions to be enjoyed throughout the whole year.

850 km of coastline offers a variety of options for tourists and a good many attractions of all kinds; artistic and cultural heritage, unique architectural style, well preserved historic sites, golden and white sand beaches, resorts, festivals and fairs, delicious cuisine...

The whole coast is a perfect setting for water sports activities, including sailing, water skiing, surfing or windsurfing.

Summer months are hot and dry with rather high temperatures in July and August, especially in Algarve (about 28°C), which is perfect for all beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts.

Winter months are cold, rainy (from November through January) and windy, with the average temperatures of about 10°C; rarely fall below 5°C.

Costa Verde is a tourist area which stretches north from Porto to the Spanish border. The area is dotted with beautiful historic towns, villages and charming seaside resorts, lush vegetation including a nature reserve in the northeast corner of the region. Places of interest along the coast include Viana do Castelo, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde and Porto.

Costa de Prata boasts the longest coastline of all regions in Portugal. Places of interest include Murtosa, with its traditional houses, the salt water lagoon and beautiful beaches; then Aveiro, a charming town with many canals and colourful house facades; Figueira da Foz, a summer resort with sandy beaches and water sports facilities; Nazaré with its attractive beach and steep cliffs; Peniche, a fishing town with narrow streets and whitewashed houses.

Costa de Lisboa (Lisbon Coast) is a region of diverse landscapes, from plains to mountain ranges. Lisbon is a fascinating city of culture, architecture, art and tradition. Visitors are attracted to many impressive places and sites; the seaside resort of Cascais, Arrábida Natural Park with lush vegetation and beautiful scenery, then the picturesque Sesimbra and the Sado estuary.

Algarve is the most popular tourist area, famous for its many attractive beaches, from highly developed beaches with the full range of facilities to the most remote and tranquil ones. The coast around Lagos attracts many visitors due to its spectacular cliffs, rock formations and splendid beaches in small bays. The east coast is a nature paradise with long sandy beaches, where you can enjoy tranquil vacations far from the crowds. Places of interest also include Albuferia, Castro Marim, Portimão, Tavira, Vila do Bispo, Vilamoura.

Madeira includes two islands; Madeira and Porto Santo. The islands attract tourists with the exceptional nature beauty, mild climate and friendly people. Long sandy beach, hidden valleys, botanical gardens, steep coast and mountain peaks are the main highlights of these beautiful islands. The Azores include nine islands of volcanic origin; Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores and Corvo. Excellent climate conditions, natural surroundings and crystal waters allow for various activities, including sailing, swimming, surfing, fishing and more.