WHY PORTUGAL? THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION IS SIMPLE ENOUGH: PORTUGAL IS EXCELLENT A COUNTRY FOR INVESTMENT, LIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT. HERE IS SAFE, WARM AND PLEASANT CLIMATE, UNIQUE AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS DIVERSITY, GOOD CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT AND HIGH QUALITY MEDICAL SERVICE. ORGANIZER OF TOURS IN THE PORT AND NORTHERN PART PORTUGAL LUSASYNC TOLD WHY IT IS WORTH TO GO ON YOUR VACATION THERE.
EXPERIENCE STARTS FROM THE CITY OF PORT
Porto is the city that gave the name to Portugal! Istorichesky center of this world famous for its wine, bridges and architecture of the city was classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Porto is the main economic, university and cultural tourist center of the Northern region. Moreover, he stands out for his narrow streets, colorful houses and access to the river, making the Ribeira promenade one of the most interesting areas of the city.
Getting to know Porto passes through the main attractions must-see city highlights. This is the Freedom Square (Praça da Liberdade), which is located surrounded by impressive buildings with beautiful architecture new plot; centenary and most beautiful bookstore Lello (Livraria Lello) – a place of worship for those who seek atmosphere of art and literature and appreciates good and simple things; church and tower of clerics of Clerigos (Torre dos Clérigos) – the work of an Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni; São Bento train station, which my architectural beauty allows you to admire the incredible a panel of 2,000 hand-painted azulejo tiles that illustrate important episodes in the history of Portugal.
Azulejo (Azulejos) – this decorative element with high power, low cost and ease of maintenance. Above all in Portugal, they use azulejo in decoration of interior and exterior walls of buildings, churches, houses, train stations, palaces and even in typical Portuguese shops. Walking along the famous bridge of Luis I (Ponte Luis I), designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel by Théophile Seyrig, you will find yourself in the city Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can visit rowing the famous portuguese port. Port – this natural fortified wine produced exclusively from grapes from the Douro demarcation region in the north Portugal, about 100 kilometers east of Porto.
Through visiting wine cellars, intended for the production and tasting, allows you to get along with the history of this typical region of wine. You can know the process of its aging in the rhubarb barrels, mostly French oak, before it is bottled and distributed throughout the world.
The city of Porto has a variety of restaurants and bars in various personal styles with stunning designs and terraces on beautifully lit squares where everyone can feel as an integral part of the Portuguese culture and learn the culinary habits and traditions of the city. To the north in this part of Portugal, locals consume more meat dishes than traditional regional cuisine in Porto: this is the famous Francesinha, ha according to the recipe of the city of Porto (Tripas à moda do Porto), Bacalhau” a Gomes de Sa” (Bacalhãu a Gome de Sá), sardines (Sardinhas), sausages and smoked cuts. Above all, most popular local restaurants are referred as tashkash (Tascas) – everything is simple here, more often this is a small, cozy family restaurant where it is delicious fed at reasonable prices.
WINE REGION – Douro Valley
The Douro region is one of the most interesting tourist directions in the northern part of Portugal. Moreover this region will amaze with incredible landscapes along the Douro River in driving prestigious wine estates, historical fortresses stey, medieval stone houses and vineyards. In this on a trip you can enjoy the beauty of the region, visit the largest wine producers in Portugal and of course enjoy a wine tasting.
Since time immemorial, the Douro Valley has been a corridor rum for the movement of peoples and a place of intersection of different cultures. Vineyards appeared here at least from the period of colonization by the Romans: they structured territory and introduced methods of marking vineyards and wine production. Moreover, quality and exceptional value this noble drink is the result of collective the human efforts of subsequent generations. Above all, Winemaker the Alto Douro region was inclusive in the List of the World UNESCO heritage site on December 14, 2001.
Our adventure begins with visit to wine estates, where we will walk in luxurious garden, visit an old wine cellar. Moreover, learn the stories of each manufacturer, we are boasting the beauty of the vineyards and the Douro region, and our visit for wine and cheese tasting. Above all, the Douro region is rich in its views and unique wine. The tour is ideal for learning more about the faith in Portugal. In September and October you can participate in picking grapes and trampling them. And it also have a picnic in the garden and acquainted with the process of its preparation.
IN THE VILLAGE TO THE GRANDMA
To feel the traditions of Portuguese culture tours, must visit Portuguese villages. Try eat typical dishes of the region and, of course, mingle with local residents. Chaves city is located in the northern part of Portugal, more precisely, in Trás os Montes. City name Shawish is considered as historic gateway to Portugal, as it is 10 kilometers from the Spanish border. The most iconic places of Shavis are the Roman bridge of Trajan (Ponte de Trajano), built in the 2nd century. And considered the most old bridge in Portugal, as well as its famous whose sources of Das Caldas, known since Roman times, they have medicinal properties. Water temperature here 73 ° C, which is a rare geological event, the there is no evidence of volcanic activity in this area. activity.
IN ADDITION TO A LANDSCAPE BEAUTY, A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY AND CHARACTERISTIC HOSPITALITY OF RESIDENTS, THE REGION IS FAMOUS FOR ITS INCREDIBLE HIGH QUALITY GASTRONOMY
In addition to the beauty of the landscape, millennia of history and hospitality of the inhabitants, the region is famous for its incredible high quality gastronomy where sausages and Chaves ham (Presunto de Chaves) are the most characteristic thorny specialties. Another traditional regional dish – Pastel de Chaves. It is made of very thin puff pastry stuffed with minced meat, special the taste comes from local ingredients. Moreover, the inhabitants of this region with a will welcome you at home, share their stories and introduce you to local traditions.
ACTIVE HOLIDAYS IN Gerês
If you want to escape from the bustle of the city, then Gerês is for just perfect for this purpose. Here you can take a walk in the parks. Additionally, enjoy the beauty of waterfalls, king, horseback riding and plunge into the thermal waters sources. In order to feel the atmosphere of the region and good rest, you need to allocate at least two days. If you love adventure and nature walks, this the route has been created for you.
Gerês is only an hour and a half away from Porto by car and offers a holiday for all tastes. You can go on a walking tour, plunge into a cool water, enjoy the warmth of thermal springs. Don’t forget to take a ride on horseback and stroll through the fantastic national park Peneda-Gerês. Which amazes with its landscapes, rivers, waterfalls and typical villages. Here history, culture and tradition are combined with a rare beauty – and this is a truly unique place. The flooded village of Vilarinho da Furna will give us an unforgettable experience of disappeared residents, their customs and traditions. Additionally, retreat to time of invasions of the Romans who paved the way, calling it Geira, or Via Nova XVIII.
And all this in the background protected natural beauty. Which gives a unique the opportunity to see animals and plants in their natural noisy habitat.
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