For those who enjoy the relaxation that comes with a beach vacation, there are the world famous beaches of the Algarve. These are among the best anywhere in the world and they are popular, which means that a holiday must be planned to avoid the seasons when the beaches are crowded with travelers from all over Europe. However, even in the times of year when the Algarve is most popular (June to September) it is possible to find relative seclusion in those places that the beachgoers rarely frequent. Portugal's countryside is another one of its attractions.
While the city has a large number of historical buildings, it is the alleyways of the Alfama district that seem most fascinating to many travelers. The narrow Moorish alleys are unique to Lisbon and many visitors find that they are able to get a full sense of Portuguese culture while exploring these narrow lanes and neighborhoods that were built by the Moors. The distinctive architecture also lends itself to photography and to exploring the variety of little restaurants that operate in the area. Getting around the rest of the city is easy as there are trams and buses available. Those who are particularly intrigued by the atmosphere may want to spend more time there and an Alfama rental apartment is the perfect way to do this. Visitors who want a leisurely experience may want to cycle, as this is a common means of transportation in the city. Another impressive sight in Lisbon is Baixa, which is the city center. It features a lift designed by a student of Gustav Eiffel, Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard.
Lodging, Food and Fun in Portugal
Between the historical architecture of its capital and the beaches of the Algarve, the holiday traveler will have lots to do in Portugal. Aside from laying on the beaches and strolling through the city, they may indulge in rooftop meals in the Bairro Alto neighborhood of Lisbon or drive along the Douro to see the vineyards where Port wine is from and sample the various offerings. Finding somewhere to stay will not be a problem as there are rental apartments and resorts available both in the Algarve and Lisbon as well as in other parts of the country.