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With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect destination all year round. This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in a perfect harmony
ART AND CULTURE
The land that is now Portugal has been inhabited for thousands of years and its national boundaries have been defined for eight centuries. This long history is reflected in a particular culture that is the result of the mixture of the many peoples who settled here and those that the Portuguese encountered on their journeys of Discovery.
You will find a wide range of types of accommodation. From luxury hotels in former Palaces, International and Portuguese hotel chains, Design Hotels, small Boutique Hotels... The reason why there are so many really well-designed country hotels in Portugal is a mystery. Or maybe not. In any case there is no scientific explanation to justify the high level of rural chic style of their esteemed neighbors Portuguese).
Shopping in Portugal is a pleasurable and diversified experience. It’s possible to buy anything, ranging from traditional shops to large shopping centres, and from Portuguese brands to international brands. In certain locations, the shopping experience is much more than the product itself. In the centre of Lisbon, you’ll find different spaces tailored to a wide array of tastes, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, simply follow our suggestions.
THE PORTUGUESE CUISINE
Portugal’s cuisine is as rich and varied as its landscape. The most distinctive feature of Portuguese cuisine comes from the sea. As you enjoy a simple grilled fish, always fresh like the seafood that abounds from end to end along the coast, you can be sure that you are in Portugal! Cataplanas, bouillabaisses and any other fish or seafood dish are also excellent choices.
In the interior of the country, there are mountains and villages of granite and schist. By the sea, fishing villages and cosmopolitan beaches with water sports set the pace of the day. And everywhere centuries old heritage proudly displays the history of the region. Some of these places are so important for humanity that they have been included in the UNESCO list of world heritage.