Portugal – Europe’s Hidden Treasure

January 7, 2014 by  
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Europe is on many travelers’ lists of top travel destinations. England, Italy, France, and Greece seem to be the most sought after and are often filled with tourists in the major cities. There is one small country that offers many classic and beautiful European treasures, but is often overlooked. Looking for great beaches with gorgeous lagoons? How about quaint little European villages? Delicious cuisine? Historical landmarks? Portugal offers all of these and so much more.

Portugal's scenic lagoon

Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, is filled with delicious restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and gorgeous landmarks. Be sure to drive across the 25th of April Bridge (that resembles San Francisco’s Golden Gate) to visit Portugal’s own Cristo Rei statue. You can get a taste of Brazil’s Cristo Redentor statue by simply visiting Cristo Rei located in Almada, just across the Tagus River from Lisbon.

Head south to the ancient town of Evora where you can find great bread and cheese that is special to the area. While you’re there, you may as well visit the infamous Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) located inside the Church of St. Francis. This chapel gets its name because the entire chapel is lined with human bones and skulls! You can also find ancient Roman ruins in Evora that date back to Christ’s lifetime.

Just a few more hours south of Evora you will come to the southern coast of Portugal. Head to the town of Lagos for great beaches and fantastic lagoons. Portugal is also known for its seafood and you will find some great local restaurants while in Lagos.

If you head up to Northern Portugal, be sure to stop by the town of Fatima. You will find a great monument dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Fatima where it is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children. Portugal’s historical and religious culture is vibrant in Fatima.

Continue heading north and visit Portugal’s second largest city, Porto. Located on the Douro river, Porto is rich in European architecture and history. It is likely to be one of the most beautiful urban areas you can find. Wherever you may be standing in Porto, you will have an amazing view.

So if you’re thinking of visiting Europe, make Portugal one of your top destinations. You will find beauty where you least expect it.

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