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Quinta do AradeLocated near the historical town Silves, in a area with beautiful nature surrounding it. It has a NATURAL SWIMMING POOL, swim and relax in the clean swimming area while watching hovering dragonflies, butterflies and all the magic of a natural swimming pool. In 2015 the house was completely renovated with an extension built using straw bales that keeps the house cool in the summer an warm in the winter. If you are searching for quality and peace you found the right house!
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Portugal is one of the most laid-back yet exciting countries in Western Europe. Cobbled medieval streets filled with supper clubs, pastry shops, and tiny restaurants sizzling with the smoke of sardines cling to the hills of Lisbon and Porto. These are wonderful cities for wandering, where elegantly dilapidated mansions and ancient wine cellars mix with cutting-edge galleries and hip new food markets. There’s historic Braga, in the north, Sintra with its superb hilltop castle, and Tomar — all of urban Portugal is a song of astonishing forts, castles, cathedrals, monasteries, and Moorish architecture, a physical reminiscence of its fascinating past.
Along the west Atlantic coast, some of Europe’s best surfing waves pound the shores, while inland rivers create steamy environments for relaxation and whitewater thrills. Summer tourism was once all about the gorgeous south coast of the Algarve, but other regions are coming into the limelight, like Comporta, a beachy hub for design-minded travelers, and the Alentejo, with its captivating rural villages and wine tours. Portugal encompasses the beautiful Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde islands too, adding to the endless allure of this European country.
Portugal is very well connected to the rest of the world, with major airports in Lisbon (LIS), Porto (OPO) in the north, Faro (FAO) on the Algarve, and Madeira’s Funchal (FNC), plus several on the Azores islands. Riding the old wooden trams around Lisbon and Porto is a must, and trains in general are a great way to get around the country. Iconic journeys include Lisbon to the coastal resorts along the Portuguese Riviera, or from Porto into the Douro Valley, although river boats are great fun too. Buses are reliable for local trips. Ferries run across the Tejo estuary in Lisbon, to small local islands off the coast of the Algarve, and between the Azores.
With its temperate climate, hot summers, and mild spring and autumn, there’s really no bad time to visit Portugal. The south coast is one of Europe’s most reliable spots for winter sun, although it can be cooler and rainier at that time of year. Portugal’s west coast still attracts plenty of visitors in winter, who come to surf the more powerful swells between October and March, or watch the world’s best surfers attempt to ride the biggest waves on the planet at Nazare. February brings Mardi Gras carnival, with street processions and parties all over the country. June is when towns celebrate their local saints for the Festas dos Santos Populares, and there are always summer music festivals and myriad other cultural fandangos filling the calendar.
An hour or so south of Lisbon, Comporta is a heavenly area for a tranquil beach break. Tufted sand dunes, cork oak forest, and rice paddies back endless stretches of white sand, hiding stylish holiday pads and chic restaurants. Nearby, there’s world-class hiking in Arrábida National Park and dolphin-spotting boat trips on the Sado Estuary.
Take gastronomic tours of cool Baixa and Chiado, and explore a more traditional side of the city in labyrinthine Alfama, climbing steep alleyways for the best views, then soaking up the sounds of live fado music in a tasca restaurant.
While the Algarve region in the south of Portugal has become a centre of tourism development, there are still quiet, unspoilt spots to escape to. The Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park has dramatic cliffs and empty beaches; the Serra do Caldeirão mountains are great for hiking; and locals love to chill on the sands of the Ria Formosa lagoon, where natural canals and sandbanks are home to pink flamingos.