Portugal used to be Iberia’s best kept little secret, but this is no longer the case, because nearly 13 million people visited the country during 2006. The tourism hotspots are the Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira. There are several other tourist areas that are still quite understated and relatively unknown such as Douro Sul, Costa do Sol, Templários, Costa Azul, Planície Dourada and Dão-Lafões.
The capital of Portugal is Lisbon and situated on the picturesque banks of the River Tagus. The city is steeped in history with historical castles and renovated churches around every corner. Lisbon is similar to Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, in regards to its exciting and vibrant nightlife and top quality restaurants serving delicious local delicacies. The Portuguese mentality of partying the night away mirrors that of their Spanish neighbours.