Discover the Old and the New on your Portugal Holiday
Your Portugal holiday will leave you time-travelling from the ancient to the modern era with its various tourist attractions; here, old districts dotted with centuries-old castles and monuments mix with modern culture spiced up by an exciting nightlife; fine beaches await too.
Lisbon, the country’s cultural capital, offers you a treat; take a history walk among the city’s gardens, such as Ajuda Botanical Garden, (the oldest botanical garden in Portugal), Science Faculty Botanical Garden (the most important botanical garden in Europe, created in the 19th century), and Campo Grande Garden (which hosts sports activities, and was established in the 1st half of the 19th century). See monuments which date back to the medieval times, such as the Aqueduct of the Free Waters, Estrela Basilica, House of the Pointed Stones, and St. George’s Castle.
After a round of history lessons, unwind in the city by visiting its shopping districts. Hunt for the best bargains on leather and handmade goods in Downtown or Baixa, which is littered with—aside from shops—cafés and street performers. Looking for designer clothes? Head to Avenida da Liberdade, which is home to international brands such as Emporium Armani, Louis Vuitton, and Hugo Boss.If you’re a fan of nature, then Madeira Island is for you. Here in the “floating garden,” you’ll find lush river valleys, stunning coasts, and rich nature parks. Take a dip in the pools and beaches (which are mostly pebbled), such as Praia Formosa, tour along the Volcanism Centre, where you’ll get to see how the island was formed through a volcanic eruption, and enjoy sights of seashores and mountain peaks in the island’s protected areas.