From the north to the south, from the border to the coast, the towns and cities speak of History telling stories of the determination of the first kings to establish an independent nation and the Portuguese "re-invention" of art, born from an interchange with distant cultures.
And you will be impressed. The historic centres have been restored with various having already gained World Heritage status. And to this rich legacy, we throw in places to relax, pleasant pedestrianised streets or café terraces for a tea in the sun.
any settlements were founded within the lofty and robust medieval castle walls needed to guarantee protection against whichever the invader. The power of the Church, in those times linked to that of the sword, ordered great cathedrals built.
The nobility would adorn their palaces with fine Renaissance and Baroque facades. And as in days gone by, an imposing castle tower or a cathedral spire appears up over the horizon to announce your destination is approaching.
And as with the surroundings, Portuguese cities surprise for their variety. The more austere tones created out of the nobleness of granite give way to the whites of the south, with their influences of the Moors. Or the brightness of coastal towns reflecting back off the sea, they all serve for a little history and much enjoyment in the company of your warm and welcoming hosts.