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Situated on the western coast of the Iberian peninsula, Portugal is one of the most visited countries in Europe due to its affordable travel costs, idyllic climate, and exceptional attractions. It is a captivating and varied country, that possess all - a rich history, marvelous views, innovative art, and super-friendly locals. The varied geography of Portugal ranges from the verdant mountains and vineyards of the North to the rolling farmland and medieval villages of the Central region as well as the alluring beaches of the Algarve along the southern coastline. Portugal has not only a lot to see, but progressive attitudes with liberal thinking and vibrant nightlife too!Readmore
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Seville – En Route to Seville, Spain
The capital of the autonomous region of Andalusia in Spain, Seville is a vibrant city. The city’s historical treasures are fascinating to explore and one cannot help but be seduced by the rhythm of the flamenco. Being the capital of the region, it is also efficiently connected to many modes of transportation, making it an ideal base from which to discover the awaiting charms of southern Spain. From Seville, most people go on to Granada. However, the surrounding towns closer to Seville offer so much more than what most people know.
Seville – Explore the Marvelous Architecture, and Culture of Seville
The ancient port city of Cádiz is built on a narrow strip of land and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Built from colonial riches, Cádiz Cathedral stands majestically on the seafront, with its dome glittering gold in the late afternoon sun. However, not all that glitters is gold; the dome is not made from gold, but rather, from glazed yellow tiles. The cathedral houses a museum and the tomb of one of the greatest Spanish composers from the 20th century, Manuel de Falla. Climb up the winding ramp to the bell tower and you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the city and coastline. Visit the Oratory de la Santa Cueva, an underground neoclassical church, and descend into the subterranean chapel or admire the three paintings by the great Spanish painter Goya in the lavish upper chamber.
Lisbon – Lisbon’s Historic Neighborhoods
The Belem Tower is one of Portugal’s most iconic symbols. It is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The tower is actually a fortress that was built in 1515 to defend Lisbon from any type of attack that passes through the Tagus River. The ticket aims to fast track your entrance to the structure and skip the long lines. It allows you to get to the top floor where you get the best view of the Belem District. You get information on what role the structure played as a passage to the city during its rich history.
The best time to visit Portugal is certainly between June and September, when usually the only daytime variation across the country is a degree or two further up or down the scale from 30°C. In July and especially August (the Portuguese holiday month), the coastal resorts are at their busiest and prices reach their peak, worth bearing in mind when thinking about the best time to visit. It’s also too hot to do much exploring, if you want to do any serious hiking, or even just walk around the cities, towns and archeological sites, you’re better off coming in May or October. Most of the rain falls in winter, from November to March, though you can just as easily experience bone-dry winter months and downpours in May and June. The crisp, sharp sunshine makes winter an appealing time to visit central Portugal, while in the south, especially on the coast, it is mild all year round. In the north, on the other hand, it’s pretty cold, especially inland where snow is common along the mountainous border areas.
Montargil Monte Novo Villas
You will find yourself almost one with the lake if you stay at the two-bedroom villa with lake views in Montargil Monte Novo. The beds have cushioned headboards and a flat-screen satellite TV. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher. You will love the floor-to-ceiling windows, the fireplace, as well as the comfortable sofas in the living room. Situated in the district of Barragem de Montargil, you’re a 5-minute drive away from Montargil Village. Evora, the capital of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, is an hour’s ride away. These are some attractions worth visiting while you’re there - Ossos chapel, Templo Romano Evora, and the Royal Palace of Evora. We recommend dining at Restaurante Fialho, Luar de Janeiro, or Adega Do Alentejano.
Casa Das Oliveiras Villas
One of the finest places to stay in Portugal, having three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an outdoor pool, and a kitchenette equipped with an oven, a microwave, a toaster, and a kettle. There is also free Wi-Fi access provided. Situated near Igreja de Alvados church, you’re a short walk away from Restaurante Quinta Do Moinho. You’re a 5 to 10-minute drive from Caves of Alvados and Grutas de Santo António, where you can take a guided tour of the nearby caves. From here, take a 30-minute drive and you will reach the Monumento Natural das Pegadas de Dinossaurios de Serra de Aire, a place where you can spot the fossilized footprints of Jurassic-era sauropod dinosaurs.
Fado is to Portugal what rock and roll are to America. It’s iconic, unique, and expressive of Portugal’s colorful history and culture. Live performances will not be hard to find. However, heed a piece of advice that locals consistently provided to me: AVOID Fado halls that serve dinner. Applying for a Visa is a bit easier than other visas, and you have the advantage of traveling to any other Schengen country from Iceland without any restrictions with a single visa in hand. The currency is much required when to comes to moving to the new place.
Visa and Passport Requirements
The EU countries are on the visa waiver list and mean that visitors do not need a visa to travel to Iceland. Those from other countries should check the Portugal immigration website. You will be granted a stay of up to three months (six months for UK citizens) upon arrival. Immigration officials ask polite questions about the purpose of your trip and told that this visa-free entry must be for “lawful purposes.” To avoid any complications, carry a printout of your return air ticket and travel vouchers/itinerary. The country is particularly keen to prevent the import of foreign materials. There are strict regulations restricting flora and fauna. Visitors rarely deliberately fall afoul of this, but it’s easy to accidentally break the law.
Portugal itself a safe country to staying in. Portugal has a high-quality healthcare system, with pharmacies and doctors readily available countrywide. Although, there are some WHO recommended vaccinations that all travelers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio, regardless of their destination. Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a physician at least six weeks before departure.
Citizens of the EU are eligible for free emergency medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which replaces the no-longer-valid E111 certificate. In the UK, you can apply for this card online or pick up an application at a post office. It will not cover you for nonemergencies or emergency repatriation. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Portugal. If you do need health insurance, consider a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
Portuguese do not go out to socialize after work during the week and entertain only at the weekend. Portugal is a rather conservative and reserved nation, and over-exuberant behavior in visitors can be seen as rude. Greetings should be formal and respectful, and formal titles such as Senhor and Senhora should always be used unless you have been specifically invited to use first names. It’s customary to shake hands with people you don’t know well, and with close friends, it’s usual for men to hug and for women to kiss on each cheek, from right to left. Arriving late to a meeting is considered bad form, so always try to arrive on time, whether to a business appointment or if you are invited to a restaurant or a dinner at the home of a friend or acquaintance. If you are invited for a meal at someone’s house, it is customary to bring a small, but thoughtful gifts, such as expensive chocolates or flowers.
In many countries, a clean plate at the end of the meal is a sign that you have enjoyed the food, but in Portugal, it is considered polite to leave a little food on your plate once you have finished. As a general rule, the Portuguese do not go out to socialize after work during the week and entertain only at the weekend.
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