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AN INTRODUCTION TO PORTUGAL

The incredibly beautiful country of Portugal forms the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe and shares the Iberian Peninsula with its only neighbour – Spain. Albeit the small size of the country Portugal has had a gigantean influence on the world throughout history. Within 92,000 square kilometres Portuguese landscapes and cultures differs dramatically from region to region. In the North, the terrain is green and dominated by forests, rivers, rolling hills and lush valleys. The centre has a more rustic and mountainous feel with stone villages that hug hillsides, medieval frontier towns and lagoons. The South opens into prairies, cork forests, olive groves and fortified towns perched on hillocks. The southern coast of the Algarve has, for decades, been a popular destination for family beach holidays and for good reason. Portugal's diverse topography offer something for everyone. From historic cities such as Braga, Évora, Porto and Coimbra to the vibrant cultural centre that is Lisbon. Let MADABOUTPORUGAL be your definitive guide to your perfect getaway to one of the most exciting holiday destinations that exceed your imagination.

PORTUGAL'S REGIONS

Regional Map of Portugal

Regional Map of Portugal

THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL

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Porto

The Ribeira district - Porto


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PORTO

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HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN PORTUGAL

CENTRAL PORTUGAL

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HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL PORTUGAL

Castelo Rodrigo

Castelo Rodrigo

Lisbon

Praça do Comércio - Lisbon

LISBON

As with Rome, Lisbon is spread over seven steep hills containing a network of medieval cobbled streets that are still traversed by rickety old trams and funiculars. Beautiful wide open squares are home to statues commemorating former glories. It is where people come to while away the time in the cafés which line their peripheries, sampling a Pastel de Nata, the famous local sweet custard tart.

What Lisbon lacks in size is compensated with charm, beauty, friendliness, temperate weather and offers something for everyone. It only takes a few days to do Lisbon justice. It is even better to make the capital a hub for a week or two's holiday, taking day trips and excursions to the surrounding area. Along with our sister website MADABOUTLISBON.COM we will guide you there and introduce you to the best places to see and top things to do.

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TOP ATTRACTIONS OF PORTUGAL

Albufeira

The Algarves liveliest resort

Ericeira

Europe's best surfing hotspot

Évora

Ancient town in the heart of the Alentejo

Funchal

The exciting capital of Madeira

Guimarães

A beautiful medieval town and birthplace of Portugal

Lagos

A beautiful historic town on the Western Algarve

Óbidos

The stunning preserved medieval town once a wedding gift for a Queen

Peneda-Gerês

The most westerly point in mainland Europe with breathtaking scenery

São Miguel

An incredibly beautiful island in the Azores

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Serra da Estrela

The tallest mountain on Portugal's mainland

Sintra

A must-see fairytale town close to Lisbon

Tomar

The head quarters of the Templar Knights in Portugal

SINTRA

North of Lisbon and close to the Atlantic is the fairytale town of Sintra, (formerly "Cintra"). It's beautiful setting amongst the forests of the Serra de Sintra and moderate climate have been a draw for royals, poets, romantics and visitors alike for centuries. Lord Byron once described Sintra as a "glorious Eden". Sintra has more palaces, fine houses, castles and other places of interest to shake a proverbial stick at. There is an aura of playfulness here with a touch of the absurd, eccentricity and kitsch, enough to make architectural puritans shudder‚ yet easy to fall in love with. In 1996 Sintra's uniqueness was recognised by UNESCO and was added to its list of heritage sites.

Millennia of occupation in the town, and the surrounding area, has left an abundance of monuments and attractions to visit. Most of which are within easy reach using local public transport. Each year visitors flock to Sintra to visit the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace, the Quinta da Regaleira, Palácio de Seteais and Palácio de Monserrate. There are a plethora of guided and private tours to choose from for a more informative and unique experience. Well signed hiking routes criss-cross the region over beautiful landscapes allowing visitors to walk in the footsteps of the ancients. Along with our sister website MADABOUTSINTRA.COM we will guide you there and introduce you to the best places to see and top things to do.

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Sintra

Sintra's old town centre (Vila Velha)

Alentejan Golden Plain

Alentejan Golden Plain

ALENTEJO

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ALENTEJO

ALGARVE

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ALGARVE

Praia do Carvoeiro

Praia do Carvoeiro - Algarve

Madeira

Funchal – Madeira

MADEIRA

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THE AZORES

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AZORES

Corvo - Azores

Corvo - Azores

TRAVELLING TO PORTUGAL

Lisbon Airport
Train to Sintra
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Bus 434

Sintra's historical centre is 18 miles (29km) west of Lisbon Portela Airport Website

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“Aerobus”

The speedy A5 and A16 motorways will whisk you west from central Lisbon. A more picturesque routes from Cascais via the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais on the A16 and N247.

Latitude - 38º 47' 56.6" | Longitude - 09º 23' 15.9"


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Urban train services (comboios urbanos) from Lisbon's Rossio and Orient stations are regular and reliable.
• Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website

ScottURB run services around Sintra and Cascais:

• 403 - Cascais to Sintra train station via Cabo da Roca and Colares.
• 418 - Estoril train station to Sintra train station.
• 403 - Cascais to Sintra trainstation via Cabo da Roca and Colares.
• 434 - Circular route linking Sintra train station, old town centre, the Moorish castle and Pena Palace.
• 435 - Circular route linking Sintra train station, old town centre, Palácio da Regaleira, Palácio de Seteais and Palácio de Monserrate.
Timetables | Scott URB Website

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