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Portugal Travel Guide
Portugal, in Southern Europe, shares the Iberian peninsula at the western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbor, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. It may be one of the best value destinations on the Continent. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Center, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve.
The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has turned the country into a golfing haven. Courses can satisfy the most demanding golfer, while newcomers won't be intimidated, unless they find the beautiful landscapes distracting to their game. The countryside also offers a great deal of possibilities. Cycling through the mountainous terrain of Geres or white-water rafting in the effluents of river Douro is an exhilirating experience.
Surrounded by sea in almost its entirety, Portugal has plenty of beaches that are well worth visiting. A lot of activities are offered, from surfing, to kite-surfing, and during the summer months the most frequented beaches offer sand based activities such as aerobics. If you're not the type of breaking into a sweat during holidays, almost every single public beach will have a bar where locals sit. Some of the most popular beaches are Espinho, near Oporto, Figueira da Foz, near Coimbra, Peniche, Praia das Maçãs, Carcavelos and Estoril(Cascais), near Lisbon and Salema in the Algarve. Portugal has several Fairs summer months, particularly in Northern Portugal. During the summer, music festivals are also very common. In the north of the country two of the oldest festivals such as Paredes de Coura and Vilar de Mouros. The regions chosen for the festivals are most of the time surrounded by beautiful landscapes and pleasant villages.