Best places to visit in Portugal
The primary tourist regions are the Algarve, the Greater Lisbon, Porto, Northern Portugal, Portuguese Islands (Madeira and Azores), and Alentejo. The government in Portugal is presently creating new destinations: Douro Valley, and Porto Santo Island, Templários, Douro Sul, Costa do Sol, Dão-Lafões, Planície Dourada, Costa Azul, etc. The only national park in the country is Peneda-Geresm. It was founded in 1971. It has an extraordinary variety of environments, scenery and climate, containing the passage zone between the Mediterranean and Euro-Siberian areas. Formerly it features the home of the mountain goat and the brown bear. It is now one of the last sanctuaries of the great predatory animals such as the royal eagle and the wolf. It still gives wide-ranging fauna, with significant species namely fox, wolf, the wild boar, the roe deer and the wild ferret.
Some beaches in Portugal are Algarve (main beach tourism area and perfect for sunbathing); Praia do Tonel (great for parasailing or surfing); Praia da Luz (for diving); Meia Praia (perfect spot for some activities such as sand castle building and shell collecting); and Praia da Gale (popular here are water-skiing and windsurfing). One of the most famous Mary shrines in the world is the Our Lady of Fatima. Yearly, almost four million people visit Fatima. It also includes the primary sanctuary and respective nearby sites pertaining to the young visionaries. Other key cities worth visiting includes: Aveiro, the “Venice” of Portugal; Evora, dubbed as “Museum City”; Coimbra, home of the 14th oldest university in the world; and Braga, the City of Archbishops.