Portugal's Famous Tourist Attractions

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Usually when people talk about international vacation destinations, Portugal is one country that they never think of. Little do they know what they are missing out on. With it's beautiful landscape, culture and buildings, Portugal should be one of the must-see countries in your holiday itinerary.

Here are some of Portugal's famous tourist attractions that are bound to pique your interest:

• Lagos: This town is a combination of magnificent cliffs and sandy white beaches. You can see many films and enjoy the beer that is sold in large amounts here. This Algarve town is the correct place for party lovers but you should not miss a chance to explore its beaches which can be done by renting a bike, moped or a horse.

• Evora: This walled town is situated amidst vineyards, flowers and olive trees. The cathedral and the Roman temple are the main attractions here. But do not miss the ossuary chapel, which is made from thousands of human bones and skulls. Sound morbid but it is also fascinating.

• The Rossio, Lisbon: Although the actual name of the Plaza is Praca D. Pedro IV, all the locals call it the Rossio. It is the heart of Lisbon and people are always found here doing something or the other. The plaza has recently had a facelift making it even more beautiful and presentable than before.

• St George's Castle, Lisbon: The castle was used to defeat the invading Moor armies. It offers a fantastic view of Santuario do Cristo Rei, which is a 34-meter replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue located in Rio de Janeiro. The castle cathedral was destroyed in an earthquake in 1755 and today, there are just the ruins to see.

• Madeira: Visit the beautiful volcanic island of Madeira and explore the mountains and the forests. There are some excellent trails that take you through lush green forest where you can see hordes of wild flowers blooming to full glory.

• Institute of Port Wine, Lisbon: A visit to Portugal is incomplete without tasting some delicious port wine. Visit the institute to take the local port wine which is usually serve with Serra, a type of cheese placed on crackers.

• Dining: Fado is the traditional music of Portugal and there are many Fado-themed restaurants around Lisbon and other major cities. You can eat traditional Portuguese food while being entertained by Fado guitar players and singers.

• Alfama Market, Lisbon: If you are looking for bargains, then this is the place to go to. Originally the market was named Diera da Ladra (Thief's Market) and it has been around for hundreds of years. The most sought after items here are hand painted pottery and lace, but you can also find exquisite jewelry, books, art and secondhand sailing gear. The market is open from Saturdays through Tuedays from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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This article was published on 2010/03/26