Top Attractions in Portugal

Top Attractions in Portugal

Portugal is the perfect holiday destination. Enjoy colourful culture, fascinating history and breath-taking nature.  In the south of Portugal, the Algarve region has beautiful beaches and warm sea water combined with beautiful towns , that’s why Algarve holidays is a popular destination for summer holidays or all year round. Enjoy Algarve world-class golf courses, or Algarve surf camps.

Lisbon is One of the best city-beach destinations in Europe, Lisbon is perfect to travel to year-round. Explore charming cathedrals, have lunch in the sun at one of the grand plazas, or see everything that the city has to offer from the Lisbon Miradouros.



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DARK SKY RESERVE ALQUEVA WINS FIRST WORLDWIDE CERTIFICATION AWARDED BY UNESCO AND THE WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION

Alqueva, in Portugal, is the first site in the world to be certified by the Starlight Foundation as a “Starlight Tourism Destination”. This certification, awarded by the Starlight foundation is supported by UNESCO, UNWTO and IAC.

Starlight destinations are places which have very low light pollution where visitors can enjoy unique and unparalleled opportunities to view the night sky. In much of Europe fewer and fewer people are able to view the galaxy clearly because of increasing light pollution but in Alqueva the excellent atmospheric conditions and clarity make it possible for visitors to enjoy stargazing for most of the year.

In addition Alqueva is a unique region very rich in cultural and natural heritage. Its megalithic remains provide a link with past civilisations who observed and responded to celestial movements. It is a region of small picturesque village which provide the visitor with a range of activities to fill the days and nights. The Alqueva Dark Sky Route initiative provides a focus for such activities providing opportunities for bird watching, hiking, horse riding, wildlife watching, canoeing, lake side dining, childrens activities and, of course, stargazing.

It is a memorable place to enjoy all the visual delights that the galaxy can offer stargazers at whatever level of knowledge. Telescopes and binoculars are made available as part of the route together with practical courses and guidance in stargazing.

Accommodation provided through the Dark Sky Route has been tailored to meet the special needs of astro tourists including late meals and take away food packs. Reservations can be made via the website in the list available at www.turismoalqueva.pt/dark-sky or, for organised packages, by e-mailing genuineland@gmail.com

The certification covers the municipalities of Alandroal, Reguengos, Monsaraz, Mourão, Barrancos, Portel and Moura, along 3.000 km2 surrounding the Great Lake Alqueva, the biggest artificial in Europe.

The Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve is coordinated by the Genuineland | Alentejo Network of Village Tourism in partnership with the Tourism Lands of the Great Lake Alqueva, the Alentejo Coordination and Regional Development Commission and EDIA, SA.

Source: Dark Sky Alqueva | Starlight Certification

Top Attractions in Portugal