With a rich culture, eccentric cities and an exquisite countryside, Portugal is among the best value destinations in Europe. The landscape is exceedingly diverse as one can see it changing as they travel from green mountains in the North to rocky cliffs and waterfalls in the Centre to the desert-like landscape in Alentejo and laidback beaches in Algarve. Recently named the "Best Golf Destination", Fourteen of Portugal's golf courses are among the top 100 in Europe. Surfing is another activity Portugal is sought after for. Portugal is the place to be if you desire the best of European landscapes and culture in one spot.
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Summer (July-August) is the best time to visit Portugal
Northern Portugal: rich historical tradition; considered the birthplace of Portugal nation; home to Porto – the second largest city.
North Central Portugal: covers the region from Atlantic coast to the mountainous interior-area.
South Central Portugal: important places include - Portugal's capital Lisbon, Estremadura - a traditional province and the Upper Alentejo.
Southern Portugal: home to Algarve and its beaches and Lower Alentejo
The Azores: A group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Madeira: A sub-tropical archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.
Staying options in Portugal include youth hostels, camping grounds (where you can pitch your tents) and hotels. A unique option, for those who want an authentic Portuguese experience on a budget, is Residencial – a range of home-like hostels where you can easily get a double room for €25-35. A more luxurious option is 'Pousadas de Portugal' – palace and castle type buildings that offer excellent services throughout the country. In the countryside, an affordable option is “Casas de Campo” – a range of comfortable B&Bs. Adventurous travellers can also rent a fully-equipped, comfortable campervan from an organisation called “Soul Campers”.
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