Heritage-History Tours in Portugal
For a country that is only 92,000 square kilometres in size, Portugal has a lot of heritage found within its borders. Officially classified as a Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic, this westernmost European country was ruled by the Celts, Romans and Moors, (among others) before it became an independent kingdom and then the “First Global Empire” that spanned over 600 years. Portuguese heritage can be found around the world (from New Orleans to Brazil to East Timor) but nowhere is it stronger than the country of Portugal.
From Portuguese late Gothic architecture to delicious Port wine, Portugal has a specific culture that’s been influenced by various civilizations and has, in turn, influenced countries around the world. The best way to experience it all is to take a guided heritage-history tour of Portugal during which you might see a few of the 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country or taste some of the delicacies Portugal is famous for such as bacalhau (dry cod) and leitao (suckling pig).
Your culture guide in Portugal may also take you to one of the world-famous vineyards in the Douro wine region (the oldest in the world) or a street-side concert in the capital city of Lisbon that features fado music played with a Portuguese guitar. Or perhaps you’ll visit a gallery where you’ll see work by Portuguese Renaissance artist Nuno Goncalves or visit a stadium and watch a football (soccer) game, definitely the most popular sport in Portugal. Or maybe you’d prefer to cruise the beaches of the Algarve region, one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, but beside sun-tanning Brits, you’ll also discover local culture in the form of hand-painted pottery and azulejos or tiles.Read More ...