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Five of the Best Sea Views in Portugal

It’s safe to say that there are two sides of Portugal for any holiday-goer. Firstly, there’s the culture: stunning cities steeped in history, with some of the best restaurants, shopping districts, and landmarks in Europe. Then there’s the beaches: coastal resorts that overlook the sea, with white sands and an abundance of unique geographical features. If you’re looking for the perfect place to rest and relax in the sunshine, here’s our guide to the best sea views in Portugal.

1. Vila Praia da Ancora

Situated on Costa Verde – also known as Portugal’s “green coast”, Vila Praia de Ancora is a fishing village with a beautiful beach that is popular with surfers. Here you will find accommodation that will suit all budgets, as well as top-class restaurants, shopping, and bars. Vila Praia de Ancora isn’t as busy as other towns on this stretch of coast, but you’ll still find plenty of things to see, do, and experience when here. Hire a car and explore the rest of the region, or take a dip in the sea (the waters here are calmer for swimmers). The beach is particularly popular during the summer with many seaview holiday cottages by the sea, which offer stunning vistas that you will remember for a lifetime.

2. Adraga

Adraga is situated on the Costa de Prata, known as Portugal’s “silver coast” because of the plethora of white and sandy beaches. You’ll find plenty of things to do if sunbathing’s not really your thing, including a variety of water-sports. The beach at Adraga is close to Sintra, and is situated between two hills. To access the beach, you’ll need to travel down a steep winding road, but once you’re there, you’ll experience some of the best sea views in all of Portugal. While you are in the area, don’t forget to explore the fishing port of Peniche, which is further north. If it’s swimming you’re after, you might find the waters at Adraga a little rough. Head over east to Baleal instead, where you’ll find a stretch of white sand and a calmer section of the sea.

3. Estoril

The Costa de Lisboa is a popular hotspot for not only tourists, but residents of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, who come here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis in the summer. Estroril is one of the most visited towns, with a number of hotels and casinos, as well as bars and restaurants. Then there’s the beach, which offers views across the sea. The water here is calmer because the beach faces south, making it perfect for swimmers. Just 20 minutes by foot lies Cascais, another town popular with locals from Lisbon. Here you can explore Praia de Cuincho, which was voted one of the best beaches in the whole of Portugal for windsurfing. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos here, so you’ll be able to capture your favourite sea views on film.

4. Porto Santo

If you want to travel a little further afield, Porto Santo is a picturesque island off the coast of Madeira, which is known for the sharp cliffs and stunning sea views. The island is not as busy as its more popular neighbour, although you will still find restaurants, bars, and a few hotels. This is a great destination for a day out, and you will be able to while away an afternoon with a good book on the beach whilst admiring your surroundings. You’ll need to arrange water transport to get here if you’re travelling from Madeira, though you might want to stay for one night on this small island.

5. Praia de Rocha

The Algarve is synonymous with beaches and sea resorts, and Praia de Rocha is no exception. This quiet beach is surrounded by huge cliffs, and has white sand and clear waters. This beach is one of the Algarve’s best-kept secrets and isn’t as well known as some of the others – making it the perfect place to escape to if you want some peace and quiet. You will be able to hire a car and explore the rest of the region, taking in stunning fishing villages and small historic towns along your journey.

Portugal is full of exhilarating sea views which attract tourists from around the world every year. Remember – some of the areas most frequented by tourists can be expensive, so always plan ahead before finding a hotel or booking a restaurant reservation. However, if you’re planning on visiting any of these beaches for the day, you’ll be able to take a packed lunch with you.

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Top Places to Visit in Europe

Travelling to Europe is a rich and rewarding experience. There is such a wealth of history and culture throughout Europe that you will never get bored or run out of places to visit. Here are some of the highlights of top European holiday or travel locations to visit.

Berlin
Famous for the Berlin Wall which separated east and West Germany, its demise has liberated a city which has long been known for its cultural and bohemian character. Today Berlin boasts some of Europe’s best art galleries and museums located in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE protected area known as Museum Island; museum; and the strong architecture of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. But you can’t go to Berlin without having your photo taken alongside the remnants of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall Memorial visitor centre and chapel comprise a surviving section of the wall and watchtower, which allow visitors to get a real feel for the reality of the border facilities during the cold war.

Paris
With it’s stunning architecture, work class museums and galleries, and unique shops, cafes and restaurants, Paris is high on the list of any European itinerary. Visit the Eiffel Tower for great views over the city of Paris; take a boat trip along the Seine; visit the imposing cathedral of Notre Dame; soak up the artistic history and culture of the Louvre or the Pompidou centre. Visitors can top off the cultural experience with a Parisian lunch in one of the bistros in the the wonderful Monmartre area, before exploring the church and views from the Sacre-Coeur.

Venice
Perhaps the most romantic city in Europe, Venice is a fairytale destination where the city’s main monuments are linked by canals navigated by water taxis and gondolas. There is a lovely atmosphere in Venice as you soak up it’s heritage and character. Highlights in the city include St Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. All vidsitors should take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal and enjoy one of the quality ice creams from one of Venice’s famous gelatarias.

Barcelona
No list of Europe’s best places to visit would be complete without this Spanish city. It is one of Europe’s must-see destinations thanks in major way to the stunning Gaudi architecture seen throughout the city including Parc Guell and the Segrada Familia. Then there is the wonderful art of Jean Miro and other Spanish modern artists to explore. The old Cathrdal should not be missed, nor should the Ramblas – a pedestrianised shopping precinct which features an army of buskers, street performers and artists of all kinds. Barcelona is blessed with a natural topography, sandwiched between the mountain and the sea so it is possible to get fine bird’s eye views from Montjuic or take a strong or a swim at a sandy beach close to the city

Athens
The city of Athens in Greece has plenty of ancient Greek  architecture to explore including the Parthenon. This ruin is located on the Acropolis on a hill that overlooks Athens. The temple was built to honor the goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens. At the bottom of the hill is the brand New Acroplis Museum which has five floors filled with over 4,000 artefacts and antiquities. Permanent exhibitions here include the Parthenon Frieze, Athena statue, Color the Peplos Kore, Parthenon Gallery and Athena Nike. Other notable tourist attractions in Athens include Syntagma Square, famous for the changing of the guards by the Evzones in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the Temple of Zeus and Ancient Agora. Visitors hungry for a bite to eat after all the sightseeing should stop off at Plaka – a street lines with authentic Greek cafes.

Rome
Rome is a busting city filled with historic monments, churches and fountains. There are museums and palaces which feature Renaissance art and architecture, and the Basilica of St. Peters and the Vatican,  heart of the Catholic world, are located in Rome. It’s a gorgeous place to visit with many highlights including the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum which is the largest and most famous amphitheater in the Roman world. When in Rome, eat as the Romans do and sample the fantastic Italisn food on offer such as pizza, pasta and ravioli.

This is just a small selection of the best places to visit in Europe. Youcould travel for years and only really Scrape the surface. There’s Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna, Florence, Salzburg – the list is endless. For further European travel inspiration see Visit Europe.