Once a global superpower and now rejuvenated as one of the trendiest destinations in Europe, Portugal will impress with its eclectic repertoire of vibrant cities and historic towns, stunning beaches and old-world countryside, and some of the best cuisine on the continent. You’ll start your journey in Porto, along Portugal’s river of gold, sampling the region’s famous Port wine from the centuries old cellars in the city. As you travel south, you’ll discover Aveiro, Coimbra and Fatima, towns that color the country’s cultural offerings. Explore medieval Portugal within the walled city of Obidos amongst its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses before you glide smoothly into three nights in Lisbon. The country’s capital is bound to enchant, with its lovingly restored yellow trams that ply the hills and the sound of melancholic and introspective Fado music joining you over a meal of freshly baked bread, olives and cheese with chargrilled fish and smoked meat.
Portugal is at the confluence of Europe and Africa, with a history of influence from the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians. This is evident in the windswept medieval hillside castles and the superbly simple but surprisingly sophisticated cuisine, or in the ruins at Conimbriga and the five centuries old university at Coimbra, or in the well-worn and friendly people that hang at corner bakeries in Lisbon. Portugal is also one of the best values in Europe right now, where sights, food and accommodation are surprisingly affordable and English is widely spoken. The travel world has finally adjusted its focus on Portugal and Friendly Planet is excited to help you discover why.