Portugal at a Glance
...nowhere better for the freshest, most delicious catch. Portugal's heritage is made of of rich seafood stews such as Caldeirada de Peixe, delicious steamed clams and bacalhau, a dried, salted cod which it is said can be prepared 365 different ways. One for every day of the year? And of course, it would be naughty not to wash it all down with some of the excellent Portuguese wines such as Douro and Vinho Verde, and finish with one of their many delicious ports.
Just a short stroll from the fabulous beaches and windsurfing of the Atlantic, our Guincho parc enjoys close proximity to Lisbon airport. A more leisurely journey sees Eurocampers taking the ferry to Santander or Bilbao, then driving here through Spain.
Go west, young man, and taste the wonderful countryside, spectacular beaches and excellent windsurfing. Western Portugal is also renowned for its fine art treasures, lead crystal and a gastronomy that is strongly influenced by the sea. The excellent Bairrada red wines are produced locally.
Lisbon is one of the world’s great capital cities. Its most famous sight is the magnificent Belém Tower, which has guarded Lisbon’s harbour entrance since the early 16th century and is now a World Heritage Site.
This palace is a sumptuous Baroque building and one of the largest palaces in the world. But it’s not just a palace. Also known as ‘Mafra Convent’, it includes a monastery, a library and the basilica.
Dine in the wings of Sintra’s Palácio da Pena, and sit on the terrace gazing out at the panorama of the Sintra mountains and the coast. The palace is a mixture of off-beat architectural styles and is surrounded by a fabulous woodland park.
A trip to Óbidos gives you a real taste of Portugal. Once a Moorish town, and then belonging to the Queens of Portugal, it’s circled by medieval walls and adorned with a Moorish castle and many beautiful churches.
The lighthouse and monument at Cabo da Roca command a truly spectacular view across the Atlantic. Described by 16th Century poet Luís de Camões as the place ‘where the land ends and the sea begins’, this is definitely a sight to tick off your checklist.