shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain
and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. Its long, varied
coastline, sunny climate, and the relaxed lifestyle of the inhabitants of its
charming towns and villages have made it a sought after holiday destination.
The delight of Portugal
is that, although it is undeniably part of modern
Europe, it retains some rural enclaves where time has stood still and traditions
flourish. In the southern province of the Algarve, modern high-rise resorts line
the coast and buzz with all the trappings of a package tour destination; the
capital city, Lisbon, on the west coast, is a bright, busy, crowded metropolis
surrounded by bustling tourist resorts. Travel a few miles north or east, however,
and discover a largely...