Best Places to Visit in Portugal
This tiny little sliver of land that hangs off the western edge of Europe was once the mightiest colonial power that ever existed, lasting nearly 6 centuries, right up until Macau was handed over to the Chinese in 1999. It has the distinction of being the oldest country in Europe, with one of the oldest existing universities (University of Coimbra), and Lisbon is home to the oldest bookstore in the world – the humongous Bertrand Bookstore. From north to south, Portugal will dazzle you with its culture, natural beauty and cuisine; sample the legendarily spicy Piri Piri sauce as you sip on delicious wine from Porto (Europe’s oldest city), while being mesmerized by the legendary fados, songs of fate, which have been classified as an UNESCO cultural heritage. Sports and nature lovers, with 800 kilometers of pristine Atlantic coastline, Portugal is a mecca for surfers, with 365 days of action, and home to the highest wave ever, a whopping 90 feet!