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Portugal was one of the colonial era’s central powers. From its shores came the first European to reach India by sea. The Portuguese also conquered much of South America. Today, Portugal is no longer colonizing, but its cities reveal the nation’s former glory. Tour its famous port towns and explore its picturesque Atlantic islands.
Lisbon, Portugal's capital, shows off the country’s riches from the height of its colonial empire. Tour its Belém port district. From here, world-famous explorers like Vasco da Gama set sail centuries ago. Da Gama’s body is buried in the lengthy 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and his statue stands atop the grand Rua Augusta Arch. Lisbon also displays Portugal’s own history as a country colonized by other empires. Explore the hilltop fortress of the 11th-century Castelo de São Jorge, which features traces of Roman, Visigoth and Moorish peoples.
While Lisbon is a city built on imports, the large city of Porto thrives due to one of the country’s best-known exports: port, the sweet dessert wine. Explore the wine country surrounding the city, where terraced vineyards blanket the hills along valleys of the winding Douro River. Porto’s hillside cityscape features both Baroque and modern architectural masterworks amid colorful townhouses.
One attraction that sets Portugal apart from its European neighbors is the Azores archipelago far from its shores but within its Atlantic borders. Fly to this collection of nine volcanic islands for some of the best outdoor adventures in Portugal. Towering over the archipelago is the country’s highest peak, Mount Pico. Climb to the top for excellent views over the Azores’ central islands. The main island of São Miguel features volcanic hot springs, a picturesque crater lake at its center and one of Europe’s few tea plantations.
Begin your stay in Portugal by flying into an international airport outside Lisbon or one near Ponta Delgada on São Miguel. Untamed volcanic wilderness and former imperial riches await.
This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lisbon Zoo and Gulbenkian Museum. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon Casino, Lisbon International Exhibition Fair and Lisbon Oceanarium. Castle of Sao Jorge and Gulbenkian Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Lisbon, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Entrecampos and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Gulbenkian Museum. Jose Alvalade Stadium and National Library are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Atrium Saldanha and Gulbenkian Museum. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon International Exhibition Fair, Lisbon Casino and Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre. Atlantic Pavilion and Lisbon Oceanarium are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Sao Sebastiao Church and Meia Praia Beach. Dona Ana Beach and Luz Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Amoreiras Shopping Center, Gulbenkian Museum, and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao Jorge and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Sao Nicolau, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of Sao Francisco and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mile (2 km).