Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and one of the best-kept secrets in the continent. Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians left their mark on this small nation until it became an independent country in the 12th century. Portugal boasts of a splendorous past, in the 15th and 16th centuries it established the first global empire becoming one of the world’s major economic, political and military powers.
The historic legacy of Portugal is vast and in many towns you will have the chance of coming face to face with the past. Medieval towns, cathedrals, hilltop castles and fortress are the cultural treasures you will find wandering across the country.