Since the year 1279 when Portugal became its own kingdom separate from Spain, the country has had its fair share of rise and fall’s, but has more recently flourished. Birthing some impressive explorers such as Bartolome Dias who sailed around Africa, Vasco da Gama discovered the route to India, and Fernando Magellan who circumnavigated the world, Portugal’s history is deep and rich, and has shaped not just the country, but the friendly society Portugal hosts today.
The diversity of Portugal is rather vast, and no matter what may interest you, Portugal is sure to please. Mountainous scenery borders Spain, whilst the coast offers endless stretches of sandy dunes and dramatic cliff tops. Walled towns, old family run vineyards and ancient castles hint at the country’s history, and travellers can enjoy the array of local foods, traditional liquors, nightlife and surfing scene - not forgetting of course, the Algarve’s reputation as a Golf lover’s paradise!
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