Top experiences in travel to Portugal

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Portugal

The Alfama 

Lisbon’s Alfama district ( GOOGLE MAP ), with its labyrinthine alleyways, hidden courtyards and curving, shadow-filled lanes, is a magical place in which to lose all sense of direction and delve into the soul of the city. You’ll pass breadbox-sized grocers, brilliantly tiled buildings and cozy taverns filled with easygoing chatter, accompanied by the scent of chargrilled sardines and the mournful rhythms of fado drifting in the breeze. Round a bend and catch sight of steeply pitched rooftops leading down to the glittering Tejo, and you'll know you’re hooked…

Porto


 It would be hard to dream up a more romantic city than Portugal’s second largest. Laced with narrow pedestrian laneways, Porto is blessed with Baroque churches, epic theatres, and sprawling plazas. Its Ribeira district – a Unesco World Heritage Site – is just a short walk across a landmark bridge from centuries-old port wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can sip the world’s best port. And though some walls are crumbling, a sense of renewal – in the form of modern architecture, cosmopolitan restaurants, burgeoning nightlife and a vibrant arts scene – is palpable.

Beaches of the Algarve 

Sunseekers have a lot to celebrate with regards to shorelines. Along Portugal's south coast, the Algarve is home to an uncontrollably changed coastline. There are sandy islands reachable just by pontoon, sensational precipice upheld shores, tough infrequently visited shorelines and individuals pressed sands to close humming nightlife. Days are spent playing in the waves, going for long oceanfront walks and surfing essential breaks. For interminable long stretches of sun and invigorating sea temperatures, come in summer; yet to get away from the groups, plan a low-season visit when costs jump and groups scatter

Seafood

 Continuously a marine culture, the Portuguese know some things about cooking fish. Taste the culinary wealth of Portugal's coast in dishes like caldeirada de peixe (fish stew layered with tomatoes, potatoes, and rice), açorda de



camarãoes (a delectable stew of shrimp, garlic, and cilantro thickened with breadcrumbs) or cataplana (shellfish stewed with wine, garlic and tomatoes in a conventional domed copper skillet). Algarve illuminating presences like An Eira do Mel are critical settings for a fish feast.

Sintra 

Not exactly an hour via train from the capital, Sintra feels like a different universe. Looking like representation from fantasy, it is sprinkled with stone-walled bars and has a whitewashed castle approaching over it. Forested slopes structure the background to the town's storybook setting, with forcing manors, enchanted greenhouses, abnormal chateaus and hundreds of years old religious communities tucked away among the forests. The mist that compasses in by night include another layer of the riddle and cool nighttimes are best-spent fireside in one of Sintra's many enchanting B&Bs
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