Portugal Tours

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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As anyone who has ever visited will attest, Portugal tours are memorable if only for the temperate climate and varied landscapes. But there is far more than good weather and pleasant vistas to invite travelers. The country's history and cuisine are as rich and inviting as its people are hospitable. Whether you're interested in art, culture, history, gastronomy, architecture, or wildlife, Portugal tours have much to offer you.

Portugal Tours: the Extent

A quick glance at a map shows Portugal at Europe's southwestern reach, stretching 350 miles north to south and about 115 miles east to west along Spain's western border. About 85 percent of the Iberian peninsula is Spanish territory. The remaining 15 or 16 percent is Portuguese.

Like Spain, Portugal once had vast colonial holdings, Brazil being the best-known of which. All have long since gained their righteous independence. The last to do so was the island of Macao, which rejoined the People's Republic of China in the late 1990s, along with Hong Kong. What remains are two chains of islands, Madeira and the Azores. Both lie within 1,000 miles of the mainland, in the Atlantic, and showed no signs of previous inhabitants when Portuguese explorers first stumbled over them on their voyages west.

The most renowned Portugal tours are to the south in the Algarve, where miles of picturesque coastline have invited visitors ever since the Phoenicians. It might be as good a place to start as any. Explore Portugal bit by bit, enjoy its wines, its rich and varied regional dishes, but above all, its wonderful people!


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