Portugal’s national identity is closely tied to the ocean, and so is its tourism. Not just by virtue of the sea, but also through its history and major landmarks. UNESCO recognizes a number of the country's monuments as World Heritage Sites for their "outstanding universal value." Though its maritime past is significant, wine lovers will identify with Portugal for its signature spirit, port. Manufactured in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, port has been shaped by 2,000 years of wine production. Portugal’s beaches are also legendary, with pristine stretches of golden sand, dotted with cliffs and grottoes, lying along the 100-mile coastline of the southernmost province of the Algarve.
Luxury vacation accommodations are available for discerning travelers through Villaway.com. Our properties in Portugal range from 4 bedrooms, 5 baths to 10 bedrooms, 10 baths and can accommodate up to 30 guests, including children. Amenities in these luxury holiday rentals include tropical landscaping and expansive grounds, beautiful views of the surrounding area, private pools and built-in hot tubs, covered conversation areas and open sun areas with daybeds, complete outdoor kitchens and large al-fresco dining spaces. Indoors, offerings are no less opulent, with living spaces featuring artisan craftsmanship utilizing native materials, soaring ceilings and abundant natural light. Formal dining rooms, with exquisite furnishings, can comfortably accommodate almost any size group. Gourmet kitchens feature Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Bedroom sanctuaries offer separate seating areas, many with outdoor access and luxurious ensuite baths, with Jacuzzi tubs, steam showers and more. Media rooms, game rooms, wine cellars, dedicated office space, home fitness centers and bar/lounges are also common.
Visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, located in Lisbon, one of the most significant structures in all of Portugal. The church and the adjoining monastery are built in the Manueline style. The interior is ornately decorated. The National Palace of Sintra sits on a scenic central square and dates from the 14th century. It has the claim to fame of being the oldest palace that still stands in Portugal. Spend a day on Matosinhos Beach, to the north of Porto. Made up of a long strip of golden sand, it is flanked by a promenade. Climb the Torre de Belem, an iconic tower built in 1521 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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