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In Portugal, more then in any other country, what you should do or see or where you should go depends on you particular interests. You can see different Portugals, depending on the focus of your visit. You may be a history studious. Or an architecture lover. Or a connoisseur of food and wine. Or a collector of folk art. Or a sports enthusiast. Or a nature lover who needs to get away from it all and enjoy calm days away from pressure. Portugal can give accomodation to each of these interests.

Lisbon is Portugalīs point of entry for most travellers coming by plane and is the logical place to begin any tour of Portugal. If you want get an idea of all the different sights and customs, however, you must offer youself a journey from Minho to Algarve. Rent a car is the best way to do it. Specially if you choose scenic secondary roads you can flavour unforgettable sights and a very pleasant trip.

Here are some suggested tours for a tourist in Portugal:

| Costa de Lisboa | Costa Verde | Costa de Prata | Montanhas | Planicies | Algarve | Azores | Madeira |

Costa de Lisboa

Lisbon is a cultural town with so many interesting things to see, enough to keep you busy for days. Here you must visit Alfama and Mouraria, the old Moorish quarters, crowned by the magnificent Castelo de S. Jorge. If you like the seaside, here you are a lot of choices: CASCAIS, a stylish summer resort where you also can enjoy the pleasures of Portuguese cuisine amongst with historic places. Just a few minutes away lies GUINCHO beach. For those who enjoy surfing and windsurfing this is perhaps the best place in Portugal. ESTORIL, a worldwide renowed place with casino, golf course and racing track and also an exciting nightlife. QUELUZ, summer palace of the kings of Portugal in the 18th century with beautiful gardens, an important furniture collection, paintings, tiles and decorative arts. MAFRA, Palace-Convent built in the 18th century, is the largest Portuguese religious monument with a famous carrilion. PALMELA, dominated by a magnificent castle. SESIMBRA, a picturesque small fishing town with a medieval castle. Also a favourite spot for windsurfers. SETUBAL, 18 Km of beaches and golf courses is an important natural reserve. SINTRA, the romantic jewel of Portugal. In the centre stands the villagesīs ex-libris: The National Palace, with beautiful painted rooms and conical chimneys. Other palaces to visit are: Pena, Seteias (a 18th century palace and currently a luxurious hotel), and Monserrate with beautiful gardens and water courses. The churches of Sao Martinho (Romanesque), Santa Maria (Roman-Gothic) and Sao Pedro (15th-16th centuries). The Toy Museum, with over 20,000 pieces from the 16th to the 20th century. In the suburbs you can visit the Capuchos Convent and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe.

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