More understated than its Iberian neighbour, Portugal is nonetheless a first-class tourist destination. A package holiday in Portugal can be enjoyed in one of its many beach resorts or further inland if you would prefer. A duality that helped forge this special identity in Portugal, where the beaches surrounded by cliffs compete within the sunburnt land. The Lusitanian history is marked by well-known historical figures such as the navigator Vasco da Gama, the poet Camões and the writer Fernando Pessoa. If the sunny shores of the Algarve in the south drain the majority of tourists, other regions are bursting with equally important patrimonial sites. Lisbon, Porto, Evora and Sintra are imbued with rich and varied cultural and architectural treasures which are sometimes neglected by tourists during their package holiday in Portugal. The Portuguese inhabitants are incredibly welcoming, this combined with its world-renowned cuisine, are among the many pleasures that remain to be discovered in the country of port and fado. The islands Azores and Madeira, separate from the rest of the continent, present another face of the country with their volcanic landscapes and lush vegetation and also make for an enjoyable Portuguese all inclusive holiday.
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Holidays in Portugal often start in Lisbon, on the banks of the Tagus. The city has a modern and cosmopolitan aspect without losing its authenticity; its urban architecture is a mixture of the city’s modern and historical heritage. The organisation of the city by district has allowed the city to maintain a warm appearance unlike most other major European capital cities and it is not uncommon to experience a village-like atmosphere in Alfama, Baixa or Bairo Alto. Between the sea and the mountains, Sintra, north- east of the capital, is famous for its abundance of royal palaces and gardens. The Algarve coast in the extreme south of the country is the favourite for holiday destination in Portugal. With its carved cliffs and long beaches, the coast offers beautiful scenery. The city of Lagos is the opportunity to visit the historical centre and explore the incredibly lively nightlife. The more rustic charm of the hinterland of the Algarve will take you to discover the otherwise out of sight olive groves and orange trees. Finally, Portugal is also the islands of Azores and Madeira, which not only stand out by their beautiful beaches, but by their wild side as the nature on these volcanic islands has been preserved.