Portugal’s Historical Destinations

Posted in Europe | June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, may be where most travelers to the country spend most of their time, but the truth of matter is that there are a huge number of locations in the country other than the capital that make for an exceedingly rewarding experience for travelers. There are a huge number of historical attractions on offer if you just take the pain to travel out of the city boundaries. The medieval influences of the attractions make for a fascinating experience for history enthusiasts.

Let us look at some of the most rewarding historical locations that Portugal has on offer for its visitors . . .

Porto and The Douro . . .

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and was a center for trade in the ancient times. English traders used to city as base for export activities. The Duoro is a river that flows along the rich wine regions to Porto and empties itself into the Atlantic Ocean. Porto abounds in mansions from the 19 t h century. The Povoa de Varzim is a notable fishing village that is a mecca for sport fishing and angling enthusiasts.

The Minho . . .

The Minho is situated in the most northern area of Portugal. The region is at an isolated location and most of the population here has descended from Celtic ancestors. The dialect of the locals is similar to Galacia. The population is concentrated in the Viana do Castelo Braga, Guimarães and Braga.

Madeira . . .

Madeira is situated close to the African coast in the south west region of Portugal. Madeira has the unique feature of being an eroded summit of a volcano. This is among the most well known islands in the world, and is filled with beauty. The abundance of flora and gardens attract a huge number of tourists from all over the world. The island is small in size, but holds a number of recreational charms.

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