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Once Portugal ruled on almost half of the world territory, right from it's independence in XI century, its borders expanded southward to the sea. Later on the Prince Henry the Navigator started the development of navigational and cartographic techniques, which influenced major Portugal's discoveries and changed the fundamental perceptions of humankind: Vasco da Gama sailed to India, Magellan circumnavigated the globe, and Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope. In time, Portuguese navigators explored two thirds of the Earth, opening the globe to trade and colonization and expanding the intellectual horizons of Western civilization for all time. In spite of its former influence, Portugal still suffers from one of the most widespread misconceptions in European travel-that it's simply a poor copy of "another Spain", but the situation slightly changes. As, unlike other countries, Portugal has lots of saved has so many undiscovered places, which makes the country one of the most rewarding travel destinations in Europe.

This was very shortly a very rich history of Portugal, but what about Portugal vacations? Well, there are many options to spend the vacation in this country: visit its capital, Lisbon, or beaches in Algrave. The range is very broad.Accommodation rates in Portugal include the 13.1% service charge and 17.5% value-added tax (VAT). Hotels are ranged by the government from five stars to one, according to the availability of certain technicalities, so second- and third-class hotels can be really good in terms of price and quality. Generally prices include service and taxes; breakfast might or might not be included; individual write-ups reflect various hotel policies about breakfast.

While travelling in countryside, you can stay in pousadas, government-owned tourist inns, located in very beautiful and warm historic buildings, such as convents, palaces, and castles. This is a good option especially if the town or village is small and there are not so many hotels to stay in. Rates are not low but, for the quality and services offered, are moderate. A guest can't stay more than 5 days because there's usually a waiting list. The identical inns, not run by the government are known as estalagems. Lisbon, Portugal's capital is located on hilly terrain beside one of the finest harbors in Europe, the estuary of the Tagus River. Unlikely, the name of the city came from Ulysses, who, according to the Lisboans tales founded their city. But there is another more real story, that the Phoenicians or the Carthaginians were the original settlers and the city might have been named Allis Ubbo or "safe harbor" in Phoenician. After Phoenicians, Lisbon was under Greek and later Roman rule, so that Julius Caesar renamed the city to Felicitas Julia "merry Julius".

Today Lisbon, as one of the greatest maritime centers in history, still shines with numerous colors. Still in place is the Lisbon of old, with its great art and architecture-which is what probably brought you here in the first place. Here one hardly can find ugly places, as the city simply does not have such. So, choose any district of the city and find your hotel or apartment, depending on your demands and budget. However, we highly recommend choosing some middle-range hotel in historical building with ocean view. This option will help you to feel the real "taste" of Lisbon. Surely, the city has a great variety of international hotels, as The Ritz, which is rather expensive option for stay. Less expensive option is guesthouse or pensãos.

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Expensive options include glamorous Four Seasons Hotel The Ritz Lisbon, one of Portugal's legendary hotels located at the city's center. And Pestana Carlton Palace, one of the grandest hotels in Portugal, located in a former villa, in an upscale residential section 5km (3 miles) from the historic center. Prices start from €300 per double room, from €600 per suite. Mid-range option is York House, a former 17th-century convent and private home. It abounds with climbing vines, antiques, four-poster beds, and oriental carpeting-fittings and furnishings that maintain the building's historic character without flattening your wallet. Price in this category starts from €70 per double room, from €125 per suite.

Among top Lisbon attractions, you can explore the National Coach Museum, the Jerónimos Monastery, Alfama and the Castle of St. George. Several museums as: the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and the Museu da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. If you have time, visit the Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo and watch reproductions of antiques being made or books being gold-leafed. You could also spend time seeing the gilded royal galleys at the Naval Museum, wandering through the fish market, visiting Lisbon's new aquarium, or exploring the arts and crafts of Belém's Folk Art Museum.

Within a few miles of from the capital is located Costa do Sol, which, along with string of beach resorts as Estoril and Cascais, forms the Portuguese Riviera on the northern bank of the mouth of the Tagus. Until the development of beaches in the Algarve, those on the Costa do Sol were among the most crowded and glamorous in the country. Estoril resort with its beautiful beaches along the Portuguese Riviera has long basked in its reputation as a playground of monarchs. Today's Estoril was the creation of Fausto Figueiredo, who built the deluxe Palácio Hotel in 1930.

Meanwhile, at the same year, now popular Cascais resort was just a tiny fishing village that attracted artists and writers to its little cottages. Now the place is blooming with apartment houses, new hotels, and the finest restaurants along the Costa do Sol draw a never-ending stream of visitors every year. For accommodation pick Albatroz Inn, originally built as the summer residence of the dukes of Loulé. Since its transformation into a stylish hotel, its aristocratic elegance has drawn guests from throughout Europe. Prices are from €175 per double room to €600 per suite.

Since the time of the Moorish occupation, Sintra has been considered one of the most beautiful and desirable sites in Portugal. Sintra has been favored by Catholic monarchs, industry moguls, and members of the Portuguese gentry. Place to see: Sintra National Palace, and Castelo dos Mouros.For accommodation pick Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, one of the most elegant hotels in Portugal. In 1807, a treaty ending the Napoleonic campaign in Portugal was signed here, with terms so humiliating to the Portuguese that they labeled the building the Palace of the Seven Sighs. Any sighing you're likely to do today will be from pleasure-at the setting, the lavish gardens, and the reminders of an old-world way of life. Prices are from €240 per double room to €375 per suite.

Another lovely area, Estremadura, contains a number of lovely towns as old as Portuguese nationhood whose beauty has not been diminished by time: Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare, Batalha and Fatima. The region is neither extremely harsh nor remote, but rather is a spiritual heart of Portugal. Its isolation derives more from the slow, erratic, and sometimes undependable public transportation, which makes the region, best suited to a driving tour. Óbidos, is the most perfectly preserved 13th-century village in central Portugal. Its historic authenticity is the primary concern of the population of less than 5,000. For 600 years, Óbidos was the personal property of Portuguese queens, a symbolic love offering from their adoring husbands.
For accommodation you may check Pousada do Castelo, which lies in a wing of the castle that protects one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Portugal. In 1285, King Dinis offered the castle, along with the entire village, to his beloved Queen Isabel. Inside, the medieval aesthetic coexists with improved plumbing, electricity, and unobtrusive contemporary comforts.
Two other old and must-see towns are Nazaré and Fatima.

The maritime province of the Algarve, often called the Garden of Portugal, is the southwesternmost part of Europe. Its coastline stretches 160km (99 miles) from Henry the Navigator's Cape St. Vincent to the border town of Vila Real de Santo António, fronting once-hostile Spain. The area is famous for the best beaches in Portugal. So, check the local hotels for availability if you want to enjoy the vacation in one of the province' villages: Carvoeiro, Albufeira, Olhão or Portimão.

Alentejo and Ribatejo are on the east and southeast of Lisbon. Underpopulated but fertile, and marked mostly by fields and grasslands, these are horse- and bull-breeding territories, with some of the most idyllic landscapes in Iberia. Their medieval cities, including Evora, Tomar, Beja, Elvas, and Estremoz, contain famous examples of Roman and Manueline architecture.
Places for stay in one of region's towns are luxurious former temple Pousada dos Lóios in Evora and Pousada de Santa Luzia in Elvas.

Porto, Portugal's second-largest city and its capital of port wine. Entrepreneurs who returned home after making their fortunes in Brazil built some of the town's most imposing villas in the late 19th century. Places to stay in Porto are Ipanema Park Hotel, five-star hotel, offering 15 floors of grand comfort with the largest roster of facilities, including an outdoor pool. Also, you may check Infante de Sagres, a hotel built by textile magnate in 1951 in the style of a Portuguese manor house. Its elegant detailing makes it appear much older than it is. It's the most nostalgic, elegant, and ornate hotel in Porto. The managers began their careers here as teenage bellboys, and the staff members have obvious pride in their hotel. Prices in the region's finest hotels start from €90 per double and €275 per suite.

There is just a small list of towns, villages or attraction of this incredible country, and surely you will not regret your Portugal vacations. But, as the time passes really fast, no doubt you will wish to come back on the wonderful beaches of Algarve or narrow streets of some small and hidden fishing village.

Hotels City Rating From

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa  5 stars

Vilamoura Fabulous USD 260

Cascade Wellness And Lifestyle Resort Lagos  5 stars

Lagos Superb USD 278

Algarve Casino Hotel Portimao  5 stars

Portimao Fabulous USD 184

The Yeatman Hotel Vila Nova de Gaia  5 stars

Vila Nova de Gaia Exclusive USD 343

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 259

Intercontinental Lisbon Hotel  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 264

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel Albufeira  5 stars

Albufeira Fabulous USD 194

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 326

Altis Grand Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 233

Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa  5 stars

Porto Fabulous USD 337

Intercontinental Porto - Palacio Das Cardosas Hotel  5 stars

Porto Superb USD 340

Pestana Palace Lisboa  5 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 421

The Vine Hotel Funchal  5 stars

Funchal (Madeira) Superb USD 192

Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel  5 stars

Sagres Superb USD 464

Altis Avenida Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 230

Vilalara Thalassa Resort Armacao de Pera  5 stars

Armacao de Pera Superb USD 458

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 260

Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa  5 stars

Porto Santo Good USD 213

Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf And Spa  5 stars

Estoril Superb USD 235

Farol Hotel Cascais  5 stars

Cascais Fabulous USD 288

Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel  5 stars

Cascais Exclusive USD 278

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa  5 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 312

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 547

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Hotel  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 226

Tivoli Palacio De Seteais Hotel Sintra  5 stars

Sintra Superb USD 340

Avenida Palace Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 234

Valverde Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon USD 386

Olaias Park Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Very good USD 103

Hotel Acores Lisboa  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 153

Ecorkhotel - Evora, Suites & Spa  4 stars

Evora USD 127

Balaia Atlantico Hotel Albufeira  4 stars

Albufeira Very good USD 85

Vila Gale Praia Albufeira  4 stars

Albufeira Fabulous USD 180

The Lince Azores Great Hotel Ponta Delgada  4 stars

Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel) Fabulous USD 557

Britania Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 286

Internacional Design Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 449

Eurostars Lisboa Parque Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 143

Sana Metropolitan Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Very good USD 127

Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel And Spa Vila Nova de Gaia  4 stars

Vila Nova de Gaia Very good USD 132

Hotel Do Chiado Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 257

Radisson Blu Lisbon Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 116

Four Seasons Country Club Hotel Quinta do Lago  4 stars

Quinta do Lago

Luna Olympus Hotel Vilamoura  4 stars

Vilamoura Very good USD 190

Terceira Mar Hotel Angra do Heroismo  4 stars

Angra do Heroismo Fabulous USD 107

Rural Casas Novas Hotel Chaves  4 stars

Chaves Fabulous USD 81

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel Furnas  4 stars

Furnas (Azores) Good USD 192

Holiday Inn Lisbon Continental  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 114

Sao Miguel Park Hotel Ponta Delgada  4 stars

Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel) Fabulous USD 165

Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel  4 stars

Porto Fabulous USD 720

Vila Monte Farm House Moncarapacho  4 stars

Moncarapacho Fabulous USD 264

Avani Avenida Liberdade Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 194

Browns Central Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon USD 176

Tivoli Oriente Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 142

Novotel Lisboa  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 116

Santa Catarina Hotel Santa Cruz  4 stars

Santa Cruz (Madeira) Guest rating USD 62

Hf Fenix Lisboa Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 125

Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club Guimaraes  4 stars

Guimaraes Fabulous USD 73

Furnas Boutique Hotel  4 stars

Furnas (Azores) Fabulous USD 153

Eva Hotel Faro  4 stars

Faro Fabulous USD 144

Hotel Mirachoro Praia Carvoeiro  4 stars

Carvoeiro(Lagoa) Very good USD 82

Monte Da Quinta Club Hotel Quinta do Lago  4 stars

Quinta do Lago Superb USD 309

Brown'S Central Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon USD 170

Lutecia Smart Design Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 146

Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 227

Four Seasons Vilamoura  4 stars

Vilamoura Fabulous USD 269

Portugal Boutique Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 206

Sintra Boutique Hotel  4 stars

Sintra Exclusive USD 150

Mundial Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 170

Jupiter Algarve Hotel Portimao  4 stars

Portimao Fabulous USD 152

Mercure Lisboa Almada Hotel  4 stars

Almada Fabulous USD 81

Lisboa Plaza Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 272

Pousada De Valenca  4 stars

Valenca Very good USD 137

Eden Resort Albufeira  4 stars

Albufeira Fabulous USD 117

Oura Praia Hotel Albufeira  4 stars

Albufeira Fabulous USD 142

Teatro Hotel Porto  4 stars

Porto Superb USD 179

Lisbon Marriott Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 184

Eden Village Apartamentos Vilamoura  3 stars

Vilamoura USD 574

Gat Rossio Hotel Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 134

Auramar Beach Resort Albufeira  3 stars

Albufeira Very good USD 117

Palm Bay Apartments Praia Da Luz  3 stars

Praia Da Luz

Oceanus Aparthotel Albufeira  3 stars

Albufeira Very good USD 93

Oslo Hotel Coimbra  3 stars

Coimbra Fabulous USD 139

Axis Ponte De Lima Golf Resort  3 stars

Ponte De Lima Very good USD 58

Hotel Stay In Obidos  3 stars

Obidos

Sweet-Romantic Attic In The Heart Of Lisbon Hotel  3 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 91

Vilanova Resort Albufeira  3 stars

Albufeira Good USD 100

Carvi Beach Hotel Lagos  3 stars

Lagos Very good USD 129

Hotel Metropole Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Very good USD 233

Grande Hotel De Paris Porto  3 stars

Porto Fabulous USD 136

Santa Catarina Hotel Portimao  3 stars

Portimao Fabulous USD 106

Hotel Santa Cruz Silveira  3 stars

Silveira Good USD 80

Boa Vista Hotel Porto  3 stars

Porto Very good USD 116

Monica Isabel Beach Club Hotel Albufeira  3 stars

Albufeira Very good USD 128

Holiday Inn Express Lisbon Airport  3 stars

Lisbon Fabulous USD 93

Lisbon Destination Hostel  2 stars

Lisbon Superb USD 126

Americano Hotel Lisbon  2 stars

Lisbon Good USD 120

Low Cost Inn Faro  2 stars

Faro Guest rating

Summerplace Guesthouse Madeira Island  0 stars

Madeira Island Superb USD 141

Quinta Das Murtas Guest House Sintra  0 stars

Sintra Fabulous USD 95