Portugal is home to a number of captivating and charming cities with diverse historic traditions and scenic landscapes. You can discover cobblestone villages, golden beaches, dramatic cliffs, stunningly preserved medieval castles and romantic settings throughout this country. There are many sacred spaces, worth noting is Fatima, a renowned pilgrimage destination.
Portugal's unique culture is a blend of influences of the different inhabitants that lived in the past, including those that they found on the long discovery journeys in Africa, America and Asia. This genuine mixture of cultures can be seen as well on their music expressions, like the popular Fado or Chorus of Alentejo. The Portuguese have applied this influences with creativity on their art and architecture, creating original architectonic styles. On the other hand, native Portuguese style can be seen in the one-of-a-kind Schist small villages routes.
Breathtaking landscapes can be enjoyed while hosting your retreats or yoga trainings in one of the locations that allows a deep connection to nature among the mountains. For sea lovers, Portugal offers 850km coastline with wonderful beaches and some of the best surf spots. It is the perfect destination for a yoga and surf retreat. Its mild weather allows to enjoy outdoor activities most of the year. Warmer in the south and a bit more humid in the north region, this climate favors the popularity of golf practice in this region.
The two archipelagos complement the range of possibilities that this country has to offer with its amazing nature and landscapes. The nine Azores islands are considered a geopark with a number of beaches, vineyards, geysers, hot springs, volcanic lakes, whales and dolphins watching, waterfalls and windmills. There is a network of treks that allows incredible walks and rides. Accessible within 90 minutes flight from Lisbon, the Madeira archipelago with Madeira and Porto Santo are a refuge of natural beauty. Madeira, meaning wood, was named due to the large density of protected forests on the island. Located in front of the Atlantic coast of Africa, this place offers mild temperatures all year round that makes outdoor activities such as diving, water sports, sailing, Thalassotherapy as well as other nature-related attractions easily attainable.
The sea is very present in the gastronomy of Portugal as it has been in its own history. They have excellent seafood and fish dishes prepared in a simple and traditional way. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the main highlights as well. Many of them are organically produced. Olive oil and good wine accompany any dish.
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