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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

Grande Real Villa Italia Cascais  5 stars

Cascais Exceptional USD 311

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa  5 stars

Vilamoura Excellent USD 278

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel Sagres  5 stars

Sagres Exceptional USD 382

Algarve Casino Hotel Portimao  5 stars

Portimao Excellent USD 204

Pestana Alvor Praia Beach And Golf Hotel  5 stars

Alvor Very good USD 298

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 196

Valverde Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon USD 362

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura  5 stars

Vilamoura Excellent USD 386

Altis Grand Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 172

Sheraton Porto Hotel And Spa  5 stars

Porto Excellent USD 195

Melia Braga Hotel  5 stars

Braga Exceptional USD 111

Hotel Infante Sagres Porto  5 stars

Porto Excellent USD 440

Epic Sana Lisboa Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon USD 217

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura  5 stars

Vilamoura Exceptional USD 186

Tivoli Lisboa Hotel Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 227

Monte Da Quinta Resort Quinta do Lago  5 stars

Quinta do Lago Exceptional USD 205

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel And Spa Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 266

Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort Vilamoura  5 stars

Vilamoura Exceptional USD 484

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 517

Hotel Avenida Palace Lisbon  5 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 226

Monte Da Quinta Club Hotel Quinta do Lago  5 stars

Quinta do Lago Exceptional USD 290

Vila Gale Porto  4 stars

Porto Excellent USD 111

Vila Gale Estoril  4 stars

Estoril Very good USD 154

Hotel Portugal Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon USD 199

Golden Residence Hotel Funchal  4 stars

Funchal (Madeira) Exceptional USD 122

Albufeira Sol Hotel & Spa  4 stars

Albufeira USD 363

Tivoli Coimbra Hotel  4 stars

Coimbra Very good USD 83

Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel  4 stars

Carvoeiro(Lagoa) Very good USD 167

Tivoli Marina Portimao Hotel  4 stars

Portimao Excellent USD 198

Vila Gale Cascais  4 stars

Cascais Excellent USD 167

Hotel Britania Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 246

Browns Central Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon USD 194

Hotel Da Musica Porto  4 stars

Porto USD 475

Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 331

Sintra Boutique Hotel  4 stars

Sintra Exclusive USD 150

Hotel Do Chiado - Corporate Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 228

Santa Maria Hotel Fatima  4 stars

Fatima Exceptional USD 79

Radisson Blu Lisbon Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 107

Falesia Hotel - Adults Only Albufeira  4 stars

Albufeira Excellent USD 135

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 173

Sesimbra Hotel & Spa  4 stars

Sesimbra Excellent USD 183

Hotel Teatro Porto  4 stars

Porto Exceptional USD 181

Eden Resort Albufeira  4 stars

Albufeira Excellent USD 120

Holiday Inn Lisbon-Continental  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 110

Furnas Boutique Hotel  4 stars

Furnas (Azores) Excellent USD 145

Holiday Inn Algarve-Armacao De Pera  4 stars

Armacao de Pera Very good USD 132

Vila Gale Tavira  4 stars

Tavira Excellent USD 151

Novotel Lisboa Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 107

Paraiso De Albufeira Hotel  4 stars

Albufeira Very good USD 88

Real Parque Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 92

Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos Lagos  4 stars

Lagos Excellent USD 339

Tivoli Lagos Hotel  4 stars

Lagos Very good USD 161

Vila Gale Coimbra  4 stars

Coimbra Exceptional USD 103

Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon USD 110

Faro Hotel  4 stars

Faro Excellent USD 162

Hotel Lisboa Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 167

Mundial Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 146

Evora Hotel  4 stars

Evora Very good USD 93

Florida Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Very good USD 125

Hotel Lisboa Plaza Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 246

Mercure Lisboa Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 92

Hotel Praia Nazare  4 stars

Nazare Excellent USD 162

Jupiter Algarve Hotel Portimao  4 stars

Portimao Excellent USD 138

Vila Gale Ericeira  4 stars

Ericeira Excellent USD 168

Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel  4 stars

Porto USD 203

Tivoli Sintra Hotel  4 stars

Sintra Excellent USD 79

Eva Hotel Faro  4 stars

Faro Excellent USD 135

Lisbon Marriott Hotel  4 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 134

Internacional Design Hotel Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 336

Hotel Aviz Lisbon  4 stars

Lisbon Exceptional USD 156

Quality Inn Portus Cale Porto  4 stars

Porto Excellent USD 79

Hotel Da Bolsa Porto  3 stars

Porto Excellent USD 344

Hotel Baia Cascais  3 stars

Cascais Excellent USD 153

Holiday Inn Express Lisbon - Av. Liberdade  3 stars

Lisbon USD 131

Botanico Hotel Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 145

Grande Hotel Do Porto  3 stars

Porto Exceptional USD 247

Holiday Inn Express Lisbon Airport  3 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 85

Hotel Metropole Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Very good USD 164

Travel Park Hotel Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 86

Oceanus Aparthotel Albufeira  3 stars

Albufeira Very good USD 109

Lisbon City Hotel  3 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 78

Monaco Hotel Faro  3 stars

Faro Excellent USD 94

Hotel Avenida Park Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Very good USD 83

Santa Cruz Hotel  3 stars

Silveira Good USD 89

Casablanca Inn Hotel Monte Gordo  3 stars

Monte Gordo Very good USD 109

Hotel Oslo Coimbra  3 stars

Coimbra Excellent USD 134

Roma Hotel Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 89

Miraparque Hotel Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Excellent USD 128

Londres Hotel Estoril  3 stars

Estoril Very good USD 107

Amazonia Lisboa Hotel Lisbon  3 stars

Lisbon Good USD 87

Velamar Hotel Albufeira  3 stars

Albufeira Excellent USD 124

Hotel Quality Inn Porto  3 stars

Porto Excellent USD 80

Gallery Hostel Porto  2 stars

Porto Superb USD 67

Lisbon Destination Hostel  2 stars

Lisbon USD 81

Golden Tram 242 Lisbonne Hostel  2 stars

Lisbon USD 22

Hotel Americano Lisbon  2 stars

Lisbon Good USD 83

Goodnight Hostel Lisbon  0 stars

Lisbon USD 48

Casa Amarela - Turismo De Habitacao Guest House Castelo de Vide  0 stars

Castelo de Vide Good USD 99