In the most western part of Europe, Portugal juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and shares an eastern frontier with Spain, with a southern coastline bathed by the Mediterranean waters and including the archipelagoes of Madeira
A land of contrasts, Portugal encloses, namely in Lisbon
(Lisboa), the modern and the antique, Latin culture and the modern European customs, an architecture and gastronomy of its own and a wide variety of landscapes.
Most visitors to this small country in the Iberian Peninsula head for the sunny beaches and sophisticated holiday resorts of the Algarve
, in the southern coast, or only visit its capital, Lisbon
, famous for its monuments, museums and an intense cultural calendar.
But beyond this lies the least explored corner of Western Europe: from the varied forests (Green Coast
and Silver Coast
) and mountains
to unspoiled beaches
, an ever-changing sea, quaint towns and impressive monuments; from the excitement of surfing in an extensive coastline to the quiet beauty of evergreen golf courses; from the calm of starlit nights in the plains of Alentejo
to the bustle of Lisbon
's nightlife and shopping centres.