Other Cities


Formerly a fishing village, Albufeira is nowadays one of the leading tourist resorts of the region, the so-called St. Tropez of the Algarve. The architecture of the bustling town ranges from typically Algarvian narrow cobbled streets with pale white and sometimes tiled houses to very modern tourist developments – including a marina and a variety of first-rate golf courses.


Former fishing village, Cascais is a cosmopolitan suburb of Lisbon and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. Due to the favourable weather and to the excellent beaches, Cascais became a very popular vacation spot. It is a gateway for those who wish to visit Lisbon and its environments. With more than 10 golf courses Cascais is also an important golf destination. International tennis and motorcycling events take place here each year.


The University city of Coimbra is the third largest Portuguese city and the centre for arts and learning of the country – its University was founded in 1290. Coimbra is also regarded as the most romantic city and has managed to amalgamate the new with the old to perfection. It has a cosmopolitan feel whilst retaining its charm, which can be best appreciated on foot, taking in the fascinating narrow cobbled streets and the breathtaking medieval architecture.

Highlights in Coimbra are the Baixa, part of the city down by the river with most traditional shopping, the magnificent old cathedral from the XII century, in typical portuguese romanesque style, the ancient Jewish quarter and the extraordinary Santa Clara-a-Velha Church, partly submerged in the river.


A few miles from Cascais, Estoril is a glamorous resort with beautiful beaches along the Portuguese Riviera. It is the perfect location for some of the Portuguese aristocracy and some of the wealthiest citizens of Lisbon for their summer residences. Estoril is also famous for the elegant Casino of Estoril, the largest in Europe.


The charming capital of Alto Alentejo, Évora, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, an architectural phenomenon blending styles from Mudejar to Manueline to Roman to Rococo. Évora is a living museum with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century houses, cobblestones, labyrinthine streets, arcades, squares and Moorish-inspired arches. There are numerous palaces and convents and an aqueduct which dates back to 1537.


Faro is the capital of the Algarve. Once loved by the Romans and later by the Moors, Faro has many medieval monuments. The main sights include: the Cathedral (Roman-Gothic origin), Nossa Senhora da Assunção Convent (Renaissance), São Francisco Church (16-18th centuries) and the museums: Infante Dom Henrique, Regional Ethnographic, Ramalho Ortigão.

Fátima is the world-famous holy Catholic pilgrimage site built to commemorate the events of 1917 when three peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fátima. It attracts believers from all over the world, particularly on May 13 and October 13. During the pilgrimage days, in the central square, a statue of the Virgin passes through the crowd. On the far side of the esplanade rises the gigantic basilica, in neo-classical style, with a central tower 65 meters high.


Madeira has a surprising variety of scenery, including rugged mountainous terrain, breathtaking seascapes and colourful lush gardens.

The capital city of the picturesque island, Funchal, with its mélange of cobbled streets, avenues of cafés and gardens, is a town to explore. A walk through the flower market is a must, where a kaleidoscope of colour abounds in the array of native flowers, freshly caught fish and lush profusion of fruits harvested locally. Other highlights include the Botanical Gardens and the Madeira Wine Company where visitors may sample the local wine.


Lagos is an ancient port city, its origins going back to the Carthaginians, 300 BC. There’s plenty of history to discover, as well as to enjoy the pleasures of table and beach. Don't miss the magnificent rocky headland Ponta da Piedade.


Once the royal town of Portugal, Sintra is a small town that looks like an illustration in a fairy tale. The town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture. The lush green scenery and the fabulous historic and artistic heritage was described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe" with Roman remains, ancient manor houses and opulent churches.

The cool, deciduous woodland that once attracted Moorish lords and the kings of Portugal from Lisbon during the hot summer months will delight. The most notable site is the Sintra National Palace a combination of Moorish, Gothic and Manuelian styles. Inside is a beautiful collection of ancient and rare tiles and murals. Other spectacular attractions are the Palácio da Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros.