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Find a Land of Discovery in Portugal

A captivating destination for those seeking history, adventure, culinary delights and natural beauty, Portugal beckons travelers with a blend of rich history, stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. Nestled on the western edge of Europe, Portugal boasts a diverse tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored.

The country’s storied past is evidenced in its well-preserved medieval towns, where visitors can wander cobblestone streets, tour ancient castles and gasp at grandiose palaces. From the Moorish influences of the Algarve to the maritime legacy of Lisbon’s Age of Discovery, every corner of Portugal bursts with tales of conquest, exploration and faith.

Nature enthusiasts will find breathtaking scenery, from dramatic cliffs of the Algarve coastline to stunning vineyards in the Douro Valley. Outdoor adventures abound, from legendary surfing along the Atlantic coast to hiking through the lush forests in Madeira or exploring the rugged volcanic terrain of the Azores archipelago.

A warm climate and welcoming locals create an inviting atmosphere for travelers. Whether strolling through charming town squares, savoring a glass of wine and a plate of seafood while overlooking the sea, or basking in the sun on one of its pristine beaches, Portugal promises visitors unforgettable adventure.

Essential Destinations


A fascinating and historic city situated on the western coastline of the picturesque Algarve region, Lagos enchants visitors with its walled Old City, unique sandstone cliff formations and fine golden beaches. A water tour along the wild and rugged coastline is a must, and the area surrounding the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse is a prime spot for spotting large numbers of butterflies and birds.

Groups will also enjoy strolling through the cobblestoned city center, admiring the beautiful Antonio Church and exploring the 17th century Bandiera Fort. Golfers will want to make their way to some of the best courses in the country, including Onyria Palmares, ranked as one of Europe’s top 50 courses.


No tour of Portugal would be complete without a few days in its capital, and Lisbon will never disappoint. São Jorge Castle offers spectacular views, while the Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases the seafaring nation’s maritime legacy. Portugal is famed for the beauty and intricacy of its decorative ceramic tiles, and five centuries of artistry are on display at the National Azulejo Museum. A visit to the Time Out Market Lisboa is a must for foodies. Visitors can eat their way through everything from classic charcuterie to offerings from the country’s most famous chefs and more than 50 culinary dishes designed to please every palate.


The past and future intersect along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal in the happening cultural hub of Porto. After visiting the art museum and strolling the park at the Fundação de Serralves, groups can take to the treetops on the elevated walkway that stretches over the property. Other popular activities include climbing the grand winding staircase and exploring the offerings at the magical Livraria Lello, one of the most famous and beautiful bookstores in the world. And the Ribeira do Porto, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city, offers historic charm and gorgeous river views.

Faith Highlights: In 1917, three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Portuguese town of Fatima, and now the area has become one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima attracts millions of pilgrims every year, especially on May 13 and October 13, the anniversaries of the apparitions.

Historic Experience: For a true trip into the past, explore the ruins of Conímbriga. One of the largest Roman settlements in the country, it offers a glimpse of urban life in the Rome empire. History and archeology buffs will find well-preserved ruins, including thermal baths and homes with gorgeous mosaics, along with a fascinating museum.

Signature Flavor: Bacalhau à brás makes use of the country’s sparklingly fresh seafood and is often considered the national dish. The comfort food treat is made with shredded bacalhau (salted cod), potatoes and chopped onions that are mixed with a bit of scrambled egg, then topped with black olives and parsley. 

Just for Fun: Attend a live Fado performance for a fun and unforgettable experience. Fado is Portugal traditional music, and the soulful sounds express the beauty of Portuguese culture. The haunting melodies and poignant lyrics are accompanied by beautiful classical guitar, the songs telling tales of love, loss and exploration.