10 Reasons to Visit Portugal

10 Reasons to Visit Portugal

Anyone who has been to Portugal and experienced the marvel of the abundant nature, or the warmth and vibrance of the culture, will contest to the greatness of this country. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking daredevil, someone out to experience the tranquility of nature, or a social-butterfly out to enjoy new things, you will absolutely love the unique and quality activities that Portugal has to offer. Not many countries can offer such a wide variety of possible experiences and delights, especially with such incredible quality. Below you will find a summary of some of the wonderful features of Portugal both in reference to the mainland and the islands. Each feature contains enormous depth that you will want to fully experience in the flesh but these descriptions are a great place to start you on your adventure through Portugal and Portuguese culture!

10. History

Portugal has a rich and interesting history in many ways. Portugal was technically considered a country in 1143 after an array of power struggles and invasions until finally joining what is now known as the European Union in 1968. This move is largely responsible for the Portugal we can visit today. Particularly interesting features of Portuguese history are preserved in unique museums–  such as those of whale hunting; one of the country’s greatest sources of income for a time, and the beautiful religious artworks and churches that were frequented especially in times of great political struggle. On the geological side, the islands of Portugal were formed by volcanic activity dating back millions of years, giving it a unique and brilliant quality of exposing the ancient.

Bom Jesus do Monte Monastery, Braga, Portugal.

9. Caves/Geology

Although rocks are not necessarily exciting to most people at face value, it is pretty difficult not to appreciate the absolutely stunning formations and richness of the volcanic caves, ancient mountain-sides and brilliant sands of Portugal. You don’t have to be a geologist to enjoy the intricacy of the caves formed by lava and home to many different life forms. You’re bound to learn something new about the history of millions of years packed into the ripples of the rock and contour of the terrain from the Portuguese tours and guides that will peak your fascination in ways you may not have thought possible. If you do happen to be a lover of rock and volcanoes Portugal is an absolute must visit!

coastline of Cascais, The gates of hell, Portugal.
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