Portugal is best known for its numerous good golf courses but there much more to see beyond the 18th hole on the green. Go sight-seeing in Lisbon aboard one of the city’s historical trams. As the Capital is built on seven hills, this will save you a lot of leg-work and take you to all the most interesting sites such as the Parque das Nações . Discover the old towns of Evora, Guimaraes, Braga and Coimbra, all of which have medieval architecture and narrow cobblestone alleys. Tour the Knights Templar Castle, the Mosteiro de Santa Maria and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ribeira and Sintra. Hike in the beautiful Peneda-Gerês National Park and the Côa Valley Archaeological Park with its prehistoric rock carvings. Spend a few days exploring the Azores, which offer excellent dive sites and hiking opportunities.
Portugal will always hold a special place in my heart as my first European destination over 30 years ago. With my base in Lisbon, I traveled the west coast from Oporto to Faro in the Algarve, drinking in the splendor of this extraordinarily beautiful country.
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