15 kilometres to the northeast of Portimão on the banks of the Rio Arade in the Algarve, lies the attractive town of Silves. Rusty-coloured rooftops, red-stone walls and narrow streets that wind around a hillside, dominant this tranquil rural town.
Faro often gets overlooked as a resort, merely because people head on to other destinations from its airport. That could be said to work in the city’s favour, as for those who do discover its charms, Algarve’s capital city remains relatively unspoilt and retains a predominantly traditional and peaceful atmosphere.
The mouth of the Rio Minho in northern Portugal marks the border both in historical and cultural terms with its much larger neighbour Spain. This important river has given its name to this north-western Portuguese province, the Minho.
Lagos is a beautiful town on the western Algarve coastline, known for its character, charm and hive of activities, which perfectly blends traditional Portuguese culture with lively tourism. The beaches in the Lagos area are hailed as some of the best in the Algarve, with golden sands stretching for miles. Vintage Travel explores some of
If you leave the city of Porto and head north until you reach the border with Spain, you’ll be in a region known as the Costa Verde (green coast); including the areas of the Douro Litoral and the Minho. There are some stunning vistas of green and rolling lands and a long striking beach. Small market towns
Portugal often gets missed when tourists flock to Spain, Italy and France, but this small country tucked on the Atlantic coast is increasing rapidly in popularity. Here are some of the reasons. The majority of its awe-inspiring coastline and beaches face west, they are just perfect for watching the sun set. They will remain in
Divided by the mighty River Douro to the south and the rolling River Minho in the north, Minho is Portugal’s greenest province. It is also a province steeped in tradition that has remained untouched from the developments of tourism.
If you were asked to name three associations with the Algarve what would it be? Golf, sunshine and beaches perhaps? While Portugal’s popular southern spot is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches, almost year-round sunshine and being a haven for golfers, its penchant to cater for the tennis player is considerably less well documented.
With its laid-back vibe and facing an impressive Roman bridge, the charismatic market town of Ponte de Lima nestled on the south bank of the Lima River has been described as “one of the loveliest small towns in Portugal.”
With rolling verdure valleys, a network of fast-flowing rivers, hillsides carpeted in forests and a coastline of long, windswept beaches, it is easy to understand why Minho is regularly cited as being the most beautiful part of Portugal. Asides its blatant beauty, this distinct province which lies to the north of Porto, clings on to