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Portugal, Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto

Portugal - Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located in south-western Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are part of Portugal.  Portugal is a developed country and it has the world's 19th-highest quality-of-life, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit. It is the 13th-most peaceful and the 8th-most globalized country in the world. It is a member of the European Union and the United Nations; as well as a founding member of the Latin Union, the Organization of Ibero-American States, OECD, NATO, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the European Union's Eurozone, and also a Schengen state.


Lisbon
Observing an odyssey of sea creatures in a state-of-the-art aquarium and a breathtaking view from the walls of a millennium-old castle. A seemingly endless modern bridge and tiny turn-of-the-century trams. Climbing picturesque hills by day and bar-hopping through vibrant cobbled lanes at night. Legendary caf├ęs and art nouveau shops. World Heritage monuments and singular museum treasures. Fairytale palaces and sandy beaches nearby. Long dinners and an insatiable appetite for nightlife. Antiquated and trendy; lively and melancholic.   All that is Lisbon. A captivating city. A soulful European capital.  Lisbon coasts consist of SINTRA, CASCAIS and ESTORIL.
 
Coimbra & the East
Around the old university city of Coimbra are fine Roman ruins, long sandy beaches, and to the east, Portugal's tallest mountains. Meandering from one end of the region to the other is the Mondego River, with Coimbra rising on its banks.
 
Porto
Porto is Portugal's second city, magnificently situated at the mouth of the Douro, a river that dominates every aspect of the country's northern region.  Around the river are neat terraced vineyards and estates dedicated to producing wine, an impressive area listed as a World Heritage Site that is becoming one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.


 
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