Must-visit places in Portugal
Algarve the southernmost region in Portugal is blessed with some beautiful beaches. There are nearly 150 beaches in Algarve which has unmatched beauty of refreshing weather, crystal clear waters, and shining sands. Exploring the hidden cave beaches such as The Benagil Cave, Elephant Cave, Zorreira Cave, Captains Cave, and The Arches of Marinha here is also a unique experience. Water sports such as surfing, lounging, swimming, and diving can be done here.
Oceanario de Lisboa aquarium where nature, art, and beauty come together. Around 1 million people visit every year and are considered as the most popular attraction for family visitors. It has 500 species of plants & animals which will surprise you. You can explore underwater forests & sleep with the sharks. There is one main aquarium that has 5 million liters of seawater and 4 marine habitats creating the illusion of a single aquarium & one ocean.
Serra da Estrela highest mountain range in Portugal has a lot of activities to offer the entire year. Skiing, trekking, hiking, horse – riding, mountain biking, and paragliding all in one place as it is rich in diversity birds & animals and an opportunity to climb up Torre, the highest point in Estrella. You can even get a taste of the local cuisine here which includes the dishes like breaded sweet sardines and juniper beef stew. It is also a center for Kosher Food with olive oil, wine, and cheesemaking.
Furnas Lake is not to be missed on the list when you visit Portugal. Furnas is adjacent to 3 caldera lakes. This lake is ideal for canoeing, hiking, bike ride or just simply walking through 5 miles track with your partner. Amazing views of bamboo forests, redwood forests, meadows, and jungle vines are a sight to behold.
Peneda-Geres National Park is the only national park to protect the flora & fauna of Portugal. The Oak Forests are seen throughout the park. The bush & shrubs cover 74% of the park with common juniper and southern heather in the higher altitudes and lower altitudes have dwarf gorse, Dorset heath, marsh violet, and purple moor grass. Red Squirrels, Iberian wolf, Roe Deer, Galician Pony, Andalusian horse, and gold-striped salamander forms the fauna of the park.