The Regions of Portugal
Porto e Norte
Oustanding area of mountains and Natural Parks, the home of port wine production and with a rich cultural heritage evident in its castles and baroque architecture. Main centres include Porto, a World Heritage city, Braga and Guimarães.
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From the granite mountains and castles of the interior to the fishing villages, beaches and water sports of the coast,
Centro is a region of great contrast and history. Several sites are on the UNESCO world heritage list, including the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and Coimbra University.
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Portugal's wonderful capital city is the hub of an area offering a multitude of experiences. Lisbon has culture and history in abundance, and offers a wide variety of food and music, including the famous fado singers of the bars and restaurants in the historic Alfama district of the city. Other sites of great interest include the World Heritage town and palace of SIntra.
A landscape of soft rolling hills, flat marshlands and wheat fields, with a rugged coastline and a hilly interior. Cork oaks, vineyards and olive trees are in abundance, and the lower Alentejo area, in particular, is renowned for its birds and wildlife. The towns of Elvas and Evora are World Heritage sites.
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The most southerly region of mainland Portugal - one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe - is renowned for its sandy beaches, golden cliffs and secret coves. There are also more mountainous areas, bustling towns such as Portimão and Albufeira, and others like Silves which retain their moorish influences.
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Beaches of warm white sand, vineyards on the slopes of volcanic hills, hot thermal springs and geysers, a lunar landscape set in the blue of the Atlantic ocean. The nine islands of the Azores are a unique attraction.
Set in the Atlantic, 200 miles off the coast of North Africa, the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are havens of natural beauty, with exotic flowers and lush vegetation.