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Why Visit Portugal

The rich and turbulent history of Portugal shaped the country from the days of discovery started between the 15th and 16th century, till the autocratic leadership of Estado Novo beginning from 1932 to 1974. While you are traveling to Portugal, you will find that the country is home to many World Heritage Sites that include both natural and cultural marvels. It is a country that boasts of amazing diversity, excellent weather, and friendly and welcoming people. So during your trip to Portugal you will enjoy the warm hospitality of the Portuguese people.

The picture-postcard scenery with pristine beaches, craggy windswept coastline, fishermen villages, fairytale castles, gleaming whitewashed houses and cobble stoned streets promise to turn you awestruck.

Visit the famous places in Portugal like the historic cities of Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra and Braga; mingling with the colorful crowds in any of the sophisticated beach resorts; wander through the medieval parts of the various Portugal cities, and many more. For exploring the more remote beauty of the country, a romantic night stay in a pousada - a converted monastery, farm or manor house for enjoying a wonderful pastoral setting - would be the perfect idea.

Places of Interest:

Alcobaca - is home to the biggest church in Portugal and tourists must travel here to visit the abbey, also known as Cloister of Silence embellished with 18th century designs.

Batalha - in Portugal is known for its magnificent abbey. It is one of the greatest Gothic masterpieces of Europe and is a world heritage site. Tourists must travel this city in central Portugal, which is also known for its monumental buildings and architectural wonders.

Lisbon - the capital of Portugal is a popular travel destination. It is the largest city of Portugal and has a number of sites that tourists can travel. There are some fine sandy beaches in Portugal along the Lisbon coast which the tourists cannot miss in their travel to Lisbon and the prominent ones which you must visit during your travel are beaches at Estoril and Cascais.

Porto - in Portugal is also a popular travel destination. Tourists must not miss the opportunity to travel Vila Nova de Gaia, the winemaking region of Portugal in Porto and taste different varieties of wine.

Sintra - is one of the most wonderful places to travel in Portugal. It has beautiful green landscape and offers a marvelous view of the coastline of Portugal. Sintra is home to the three national palaces, which are important in the history of Portugal.

Tomar - One must travel to Tomar and visit the Convent of Christ during their travel to Portugal. It is an important landmark in the history of Knights of Templar. It is a 12th century monument, now included by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Getting Around in Portugal:

By Land:
Portugal Motorhome Rental
We can help you with your Portugal Motorhome or Campervan hire, McRent Motorhome Hire has a depot located in Lisbon ( Sintra ), Leiria and Porto

Portugal Car Leasing
If you wish to travel by car, we have the following Car leasing in Portugal suppliers to choose from, Renault Leasing, Peugeot Car Leasing, Citroen Car Leasing

By Car:
Portugal Car Rental
Would you like to try Car Hire in Portugal ?, We can help you with that too. Portugal Car Rental .

Portugal Rail Passes
Travelling by Train is your preference, we help you with your Rail passes, check our Portugal Eurail Passes rates here.

By Water:
Portugal Canalboat Rental
If your desire is to explore Canals of Portugal Nicols bases is located in Grande Lago Amieira

Portugal Climate:
Summers are hot and dry throughout Portugal, particularly in the Algarve, which experiences very little rain. However refreshing sea breezes make for pleasant conditions. Winters are cold and wet, particularly in the northern and west coast regions. Spring and autumn are good times to visit with cheaper rates at hotels and less crowded beaches, restaurants and golf courses.

Portugese Cuisine:
Portuguese cuisine is characterised by rich, filling and full-flavored dishes and is closely related toMediterranean cuisine. Mutual influence between Portuguese and Spanish cuisine is common. The influence of Portugal's former colonial possessions is also noted, especially in the wide variety of spices used. These spices include piri piri (small, fiery chili peppers) and black pepper, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron.

Olive oil is one of the bases of Portuguese cuisine both for cooking and flavouring meals. Garlic is widely used, as are herbs such as coriander and parsley. Breakfast is traditionally just coffee and a bread roll. Lunch, often lasting over an hour is served between noon and 2 o'clock or between 1 and 3 o'clock, and dinner is generally served late, around or after 8 o'clock.

There are three main courses, lunch and dinner usually include soup. A common soup is caldo verde with potato, shredded cabbage, and chunks of chouriço sausage. Among fish recipes, bacalhau (cod) dishes are pervasive. The most typical desserts are rice pudding (decorated with cinnamon) and caramel custard, but they also often include a variety of cheeses. The most common varieties are made from sheep or goat's milk, and include the queijo da serra from the region of Serra da Estrela.

Many of the country's typical pastries were created by nuns in the 18th century, which they sold as a means of supplementing their incomes. Many of their creations, often with a high content of eggs and sugar in the composition, have related names like barriga de freira (nun's belly), papos de anjo (angel's chests), and toucinho do céu (bacon from heaven). A popular pastry is the pastel de nata, a small custard tart sprinkled with cinnamon.

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