Situated on the west side of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has been an independent kingdom since 1143 and is one of the oldest nations in Europe. In 1415, the Portuguese set sail on an epic voyage that would make them the first to discover the ocean routes to India, Brazil, China and Japan, and at the same time founded settlements on the east and west coasts of Africa. Traces of this worldwide historic presence are still seen around the world and the ensuing richness created the vast monumental, artistic and archaeological heritage we witness today.
The Costa Verde, known as the cradle of the Portuguese nation, has been inhabited by Celtic tribes, Romans, Visigoths and Moors. The Silver Coast, which embraces some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, is a region of sleepy villages, rich vineyards, ancient castles and fortresses, and fascinating architecture. The Atlantic beaches stretch for many miles south, to the capital at Lisbon, and to the Algarve, a popular destination for visitors seeking sun and fun. Madeira, 90 minutes by plane from Lisbon, is a semi-tropical island paradise with fishing villages, coastal cliffs, tiny hamlets cradled in mountain dells, peaks rising more than 2,000 feet and rolling hills that look down on plains blanketed with flowers. The Azores, nine mid-Atlantic islands 750 miles west of Lisbon, are said by some to be the Lost Continent of Atlantis. Volcanic in origin, they are rich in brilliant foliage, lush vegetation and magnificent scenery.
Suggested Portugal Discoveries
- SELF DRIVE PROGRAMS - The tours listed here, are the suggested self-drive itineraries covering different regions and highlights. This is probably the best way to discover Portugal, as a car allows you to be mobile at all times, to stop whenever you want and visit to your heart’s content! A limitless number of itineraries, including accommodation and fully insured car rental, is possible, as you can combine any of the different regions and cities to create “your own” program.
- CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS - As specialists on this destination, we can prepare “the” specific itinerary you desire with the exact services you need. If you would like to have “your own” itinerary, contact us and advise us of all your requirements