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Portugal is one of the Best-Value Destinations for 2014

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Portugal is one of the Best-Value Destinations for 2014

The Rough Guides selected their 2014 Best-Value Destinations and Portugal is one of the chosen countries.

"It’s a wonder more people don’t visit Portugal: the coast is almost one continuous beach, the big cities are lively and full of history, the wine is excellent and the mountains and rivers are as scenic as those in neighbouring Spain. Buses especially are cheap, and it’s an easy country to get around. Try Porto, centre of the port wine trade, for an affordable city break in 2014."

Things not to miss in Portugal:

1- Ericeira

Lisbon’s favourite beach retreat – and a noted surfers’ hangout.

2- Barcelos - Feira de Barcelos

The country’s liveliest and most colourful market shows that rural traditions are alive and well.

3- Museu Gulbenkian, Lisbon

The capital’s finest museum, and one of Europe’s greatest treasure chests of art and applied art.

4- Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga

Portugal’s most photographed church, reached up a grand ornamental stairway.

5- Monsaraz

Many of the medieval houses in the fortified hilltop village of Monsaraz have been converted into atmospheric guesthouses.

6- Convento de Cristo, Tomar

Tomar’s extraordinary “Convent of Christ” is the former headquarters of the Knights Templar.

7 - Canal trip, Aveiro

Float through the canals and lagoons of fascinating Aveiro.

8- Évora

A golden-stoned university town complete with Roman temple, Moorish alleys and medieval walls.

9- Batalha

The crowning glory of Manueline architecture, the “Battle Abbey” is one of Portugal‘s most triumphant buildings.

10 -Velha Universidade, Coimbra

Portugal’s third-largest city boasts its oldest and most prestigious university.

11- Guimarães

The first capital of Portugal is a beguiling place of cobbled streets and historic buildings.

12- Sintra

The hilltop retreat near Lisbon is one of the most scenic in the country, surrounded by opulent palaces and country estates.

13 -Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto

Contemporary art in a wonderful building remodelled by Portugal’s leading architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira.

14 - Valença

Explore this superb fortified town, located on Portugal’s northern border with Spain.

15 - Castelo de Vide

Dazzling white houses, winding streets, cobbled squares and lush gardens add up to one of the country‘s most alluring small towns.

16 – Óbidos

Picture-book walled town that was once the traditional bridal gift of Portuguese kings.

17- Monte de Santa Luzia

There are superb views from the hilltop basilica over the northern resort of Viana do Castelo.

18 –Braga - Tibães

This barely visited monastery in the north is one of the oldest and most atmospheric buildings in the country.

19 -Parque Natural de Montesinho

Great walking in remote, unspoiled countryside dotted with traditional villages.

20 -Alcobaça

The sculpted tombs of Dom Pedro and Inês de Castro dominate this glorious twelfth-century Cistercian monastery.

21 – Conímbriga

See the vivid mosaics at the most important Roman site in Portugal.

22 -Porto’s riverfront

The historic riverside bairro of Ribeira is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

23- Pastéis de Belém

These delicious flaky custard tartlets have been made and served for over a century at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém.

24- Bairro Alto, Lisbon

The capital’s big night out – touring the bars, clubs and restaurants of the funky Bairro Alto neighbourhood.

25 - Rio Douro valley

Take a train ride or boat trip from Peso da Régua up one of the loveliest river valleys in Portugal.

Edited: 20 December 2013, 14:24
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1. Re: Portugal is one of the Best-Value Destinations for 2014

There's a lot of hype in the opening paragraph (large parts of the country are far from easy to get around without a car) but let's hope people take the hint. I certainly agree with some of the comments eg about Valença, Aveiro and Guimarães all of which I have enjoyed visiting.

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