Portugal should definitely be included in the list of places to visit. This is especially perfect for tourists who are fond of water adventures because it stretches along the Atlantic Ocean’s coast that reaches up to 800 kilometers, and the beautiful Lisbon is its capital city. Majority of the attractions found in Portugal consist of scenic and rugged landscapes, but since it is along the coast there are numerous beaches that can be enjoyed, aside from villages, coves, and various cultural scenes.
The first on the list of places that must be visited when in Portugal is called Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and it can be found in Lisbon. This church and the monastery that it is connected with are built in Manueline style which explains why the interior has very intricate details, most especially a famous section called South Portal.
For tourists who are very much into marine life, the perfect attraction is called the Oceanario de Lisboa. This is the best option most especially when traveling with kids because this aquarium promotes learning about the conservation of marine life. This aquarium has a variety of sea creatures that are only special to this particular ecosystem in Oceanario de Lisboa; and because Portugal is along the coast different species from Indian oceans, Pacific, Atlantic, and Antarctic are well represented. Some of the different creatures that can be seen up close are penguins, sea otters, rays, and sharks.
Those tourists who want to be more exposed to the what Portugal has to offer in terms of culture, the National Palace of Sintra is a perfect attraction to pass by. It is found on the central square and nobody will miss it because of its round chimneys that are protruding at the top of its structure. This palace was built in the 14th century and its claim to fame is that it is the oldest palace in existence in Portugal. Upon entering, the various meticulously decorated floors will be seen to have different themes; one of the most popular features inside is called the Sala dos Brasoes which coincidentally is also the main hall of the structure that has an overwhelming dome.
One of the beaches that tourists can visit and enjoy is the Matosinhos Beach which is located at the north side of Porto; what makes is stand out from all the other beaches is that it has golden brown sand that is topped by a promenade. Tourists are really after the fresh air and beautiful view that this beach provides especially in the summer when numerous families are enjoying the outdoors. Matosinhos Beach does not only give tourists the chance to enjoy the water and swim, but it also allows people to do different activities like volleyball and soccer where people can interact and enjoy other people’s company at the same time. And if the season is really good, tourists can even experience the waves and go surfing.
With all these activities and sights to see in Portugal, it’s not surprising why a lot of people dream of visiting in at least once in their lifetime.