Flights to Portugal

Half the world’s cork is produced in Portugal--and that is not the only interesting thing about the country. Famous for its food and wine, travel to Portugal for a gastronomic experience. Additionally, the country is a perfect place to experience modernity infused with late-Gothic architecture.

Start in Lisbon, one of Europe’s most scenic capital cities. Immerse yourself in gothic architecture as you step into the Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thereafter, you can visit the Belem Tower, an iconic representation of the Age of Discovery. Pace about in St George’s Castle, where you can get a great view of Alfama, the city’s medieval village-like neighbourhood, or visit the world’s most expensive chapel - The Chapel of St John the Baptist. This masterpiece of gold tells stories of the colonial history of Lisbon.

When you’re done, head down to the Baixa, Lisbon’s downtown area. This is where Lisbon’s traditional shops are—look out for the traders and craftsmen who continue to make a living here. These shops specialise in various goods--the Rua do Ouro specialises in the sale of gold, the Rua de Rata sells silver while the Rua dos Fanqueiros offers cloth and textiles.

To experience the modern sides of Lisbon, visit the Parque Das Nacoes, a 21st century district home to the longest bridge in Europe. Go on foot and enjoy what the place has to offer, including picture-perfect scenery, a waterfront promenade, as well as entertainment facilities like a casino and an aquarium. Enter the world of style at the Design and Fashion Museum, where top international brands feature both permanent and temporary collections for those with a keen eye for flair.

Getting to Lisbon is easy by plane. Alternatively, you can get there via train from London in approximately 24 hours. Once there, it is more economical to take the Metro to the heart of the city. You can also choose to take a taxi or bus around the city.

The next stop is the gateway to the north of Portugal. Porto is a popular city amongst tourists, and is well-known as a port for shipping wine. It is home to Cais de Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is today famous for its commercial success, colourful houses and riverfront views. Feast like a king at various bars, cafes and restaurants that line the city centre.

Visit the Cais de Gaia, the birthplace of wines, and appreciate the area’s postcard-worthy skyline. To learn more about the area’s history, head to the Serralves Museum, which is encircled by a beautiful park. Carry on the path of history by visiting the Sao Francisco Church, with an intricate interior completely with gold.

Getting to Porto is quickest by plane. However, you can also take the train, bus or even drive there from Lisbon. Once there, you can get around easily by tram. Additional services such as night buses or airport transfers are also available for tourists. Make use of the Adante service, which combines metro transportation with surface networks. Tickets and fares may be purchased for various routes. Taxis, albeit more pricey than the public systems, are efficient and easily accessible no matter where you are.

Lisbon and Porto are just two out of the many places to see in Portugal. This gem of a country is very tourist friendly and easy to travel around, allowing you to make the most of the sights without much hassle.

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