Portugal might not be among the largest countries in Europe, but it surely gives even the largest a run for their money when it comes to being tourist friendly. Ever since Portugal settled as a nation couple of decades ago, it welcomed tourists with open arms. Portugal bestows a glorified history on
the European ethos. A land which could be sensed and enjoyed by even the frivolous mortals.
Nothing has changed much for the tourists to the nation of Portugal; it is still the same quiet, charming and extraordinarily beautiful country of western Europe. Covering an area of approximately 92,345 sq km, Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to south and west and Spain to north and east. Portugal as a country is said to be the juncture of a culture which has travelled to the far east lands with the travellers. Portuguese cuisines and costumes are a craze world over.
It always had the natural treasure to support tourism, but with added cultural attractions and heritage glory, Portugal soon became a must see destination in the itinerary of an international traveler. The northern part is characterized by mountainous regions and lush green plains whereas the south of Portugal with splendid coastline at Algrave is at complete contrast; though both have a charm of their own.
Lisbon is capital city of Portugal and also the most important tourist destinations. It has some of the most well known heritage buildings and museums in the country. The most famous are the Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Monument To The Discoveries, Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Do not forget to drive down the Vasco da Gama Bridge that connects north of Lisbon to Municipality of Alcochete. Spanning across Tagus River, this 17.2 Km long bridge is the largest bridge in entire Europe. Other important cities of Portugal are Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Amadora and Braga. Porto is considered to be the cultural and financial heart of the country.
Portugal in recent years has also been recognized as an important medical and health tourism center. In fact, according to recent survey it is among the best. This is mainly because of the salubrious climate, minerals and medicinal properties of water. [-]