Are you looking for a destination to have fun with your daughters to spend some pleasant days? You can opt for Portugal, which this year at the World Travel Awards Portugal won the award as Best Tourist Destination in Europe. In this unique land there are wide and suggestive golden beaches, the typical cuisine is excellent and the azulejos color monuments and streets of every city with shades of blue. But there is also so much more to discover in this country. Here are some things to do if you are traveling with your family in this beautiful country, according to the Portugal Tourist Board:
- TRY PORTUGUESE CUISINE. Portuguese cuisine brings the gifts of the sea and the land to the table. Some of the best dishes are, of course, those that include fish dishes and, in particular, cod and sardines. The pork stew with clams it is, on the other hand, one of the meat-based dishes that deserves to be tried. To finish on a sweet note, you can taste a Pasteis de Belem, who was born in lisbon and has a custard heart.
- VISIT THE BEACHES. Portugal is the home of surfers, but the beaches are also populated by all those who choose Portugal as an ideal holiday destination. There are beaches with stretches of golden sand and many are perfect for families. Praia de Salema, in the Algarve, it is the perfect destination for those traveling with children: it has calm waters and a long beach. The traces on the presence of the dinosaurs imprinted in the stone will be the attraction of the little ones. Those who love nature can visit Praia das Berlengas, an earthly paradise with crystal clear waters and a very rich marine flora and fauna.
- LISTEN TO FADO, HERITAGE MUSIC. Became a World Heritage Site in 2011, fado is the typical song of Lisbon and Portugal, one of the symbols of this land. Lisbon is the homeland of fado and here tourists can find, in bars or restaurants, several fado singers who perform and accompany on a journey to discover the essence of Portugal.
- TREKKING ROUTES. This land also offers activities for all those who love to be always on the move. There Via Algarviana takes tourists to discover cliffs and breathtaking views. L’Ecovia do Litoral it crosses the entire Algarve region from one end to the other. This trail is approximately 214 kilometers long and is part of the European Eurovelo network, which includes cycling routes throughout Europe.
- WATER PARKS AND EXCURSIONS. Thanks to the numerous water parks scattered throughout the territory, fun is guaranteed for young and old. In Algarve there are numerous water parks such as Slide & Splash, Aqualand Big One and Zoomarine. TO Peniche there is a camp for fearless kids who want to learn to challenge the waves of the ocean. The Azores are called one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world and there are over 24 different types of cetaceans here. Families who will visit the archipelago will be able to take part in excursions in the middle of the ocean to go and see whales and dolphins crossing the waters of the Azores from island to island.
- OPEN AIR MUSEUM. Visiting Portugal means entering a real open-air museum where azulejos decorate entire facades of buildings, monuments and even stations. The term derives from the Arabic al-zuleique and indicates a small smooth and polished stone. One of the most famous and beautiful is undoubtedly the São Bento train station, in Porto. To Aveiroon the other hand, the azulejos panels fit perfectly on the walls of the Art Nouveau buildings. The Manueline style, a typical Lusitanian artistic expression that is found in sumptuous and composite buildings, accompanies tourists to the various cities of Portugal: from the Belem Tower to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos passing through Mosteiro de Jesus, in Setúbal.
- VISIT THE ARCHIPELAGHI. There are two archipelagos of rare beauty that deserve to be visited: Azores and Madeira. Both are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The archipelago of Azores consists of 9 islands (Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores and Covo) and, scattered throughout the islands, there are 121 geological sites, as well as caves, caverns, crater lakes, but also fumaroles and thermal springs. The archipelago of Madeira, on the other hand, it is made up of two islands: Madeira and Porto Santo. Wonderful!
- LISBON, PORT AND … MANY OTHER CITIES. Lisbon and Porto are the best known cities in Portugal, but they are certainly not the only ones. Coimbra it is located in the Centro region and is an alternation of tradition and modernity: it houses the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. Who decides to visit Elvas, in Alentejo, will be amazed by the largest fortification with bulwarks in the world. Lighthouse it is a city that hides two souls: the historic center full of monuments, palaces and historic buildings and the area outside the walls, where sumptuous houses are populated by noble families.
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