Kuoni Villas 2016 by Kuoni Travel

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portugal portugal reach beyond the resorts on a portugal holiday to discover a rich history with friendly and quietly proud people fado music is shaped by nostalgia for the nation’s great seafaring days and the tiles that line the walls in many a chic restaurant sport designs that evolved from moorish art portugal’s traditional dishes such as tripe from porto or coçido stew with pigs’ feet might test the most adventurous diner but there are more conservative specialities to sample too try a francesinha toasted sandwich with gravy in porto or bacalhau salt-cod fish dishes in 101 different local styles you will find skewers of fish stuffed squid and sardines by the coast in the algarve and hearty pork stews inland our regions algarve costa azul and lisbon the algarve has long been a popular tourist destination and attracts visitors to its villas beaches golf courses water parks and nightlife the reliable sun draws locals and visitors outdoors and this stretch of coast is perfect for sunbathing on one of many sandy beaches enjoying the freshest seafood at a beachfront restaurant or cruising the day away on a lisbon and the costa azul are close enough together to combine a relaxing beach holiday with an injection of city life on the same trip whether boat scratch the surface and you will also find moorish the river tagus in a costa azul villa and you can surf from long golden beaches play golf surrounded by green mountains and explore medieval castles cobbled old villages like tavira and coastal parks teeming with marine and birdlife and in the serra de monchique a retreat where you can soak in a spa or hike to the algarve’s highest peak algarve nightlife centres on albufeira where the party usually continues till dawn nearby vilamoura entertains a cocktail drinking crowd who prefer the casino to the club you make the city or the seaside your base you can reach anywhere within an hour or so lisbon holidays offer seafaring belem tower the gulbenkian museum’s international objêts d’arts and literary cafes along with fashionable terrace bars and endless shopping base yourself across castles and palaces alentejo the largest region in portugal the alentejo stretches from the atlantic coast to the spanish border and a few miles south of setúbal to the algarve its name derives from ‘além-tejo’ meaning ‘beyond the river tejo tagus’ diverse and little explored you can watch waves crash on to craggy coves and carefully pick your way among the costa vincentina’s rare tropical blooms or visit storybook castles and Évora’s roman temple whatever your choice of alentejo holiday try at least one local fish dish and take home a bottle or two of the local wine lisbon • douro valley azeitao • at douro valley’s westerly point portugal’s second city porto is your perfect starting point to explore the world’s oldest wine-producing region the valley stretches from the atlantic to the spanish border in northern portugal and the river is its lifeblood it boasts three unesco-protected regions including atlantic ocean porto’s riverside barrio of ribeira with its medieval streets and waterfront cafés plus the key to the area the alto douro wine region enjoy porto’s soaring sé cathedral its cloisters adorned with azulejos painted tiles further east religious worshippers head to the pretty town of amarante to praia silves • gale da luz • • • carvoeiro sagres • loule • quinta do lago • • faro touch the tomb of são gonçalo jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec c 11 12 14 15 18 21 24 23 23 19 14 12 f 52 54 57 58 64 69 74 73 73 65 57 53 o o 193