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As a European country located on Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is situated in the westernmost part of the region. Its splendid beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Tagus River flowing through, together with the verdant Sintra Mountains surrounding the northern parts are among the enthralling gems the country harbors. The capital Lisbon serves as a metropolitan, as well as an enjoyable holiday destination offering various opportunities for its guests. Being home to a marvelous nature and numerous activities for nature sports, Portugal shines out by its vigorous nightlife, history, architecture, cultural background and artistic wealth.
If you are dreaming of taking a vacation in Portugal, have a look at the flights to Portugal offered by Turkish Airlines now to set your travel plan and enjoy a privileged journey of high quality up in the clouds.
Flights from Istanbul Airport (IST) take nearly four and a half to five hours in average. Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) serves as the busiest airport in the country with 20 million passengers each year. Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) follows the capital Lisbon and serves 8 million passengers in average every year. Located 4 kilometers west of Faro, Faro Airport (FAO) on the other hand, has 6,4 million passengers annually. Madeira Airport (FNC) in Funchal, together with Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) and Porto Santo Airport (PXO) are the other points of destination Turkish Airlines flies in Portugal.
A great number of festivals taking place in the country arouse interest and contribute to the busy air traffic all year round. The Carnival, which is held in February, attracts great attention as the country’s most colorful event. Organized simultaneously in many cities and touristic spots, this event is held by huge participation also from the other countries. The largest religious celebration, the Ceremony of Fatima is held in May and October every year. The town of Fatima close by Lisbon where the ceremony is held, hosts visitors in large crowds during the event. Moreover, Rock in Rio-Lisboa Festival, taking place at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon is a remarkable rock festival in Europe. Sand Sculpture Festival which has been held since 2003 near the city of Alvara fascinates its guests by the art made with tons of sand. Boom Festival, The BPM Festival and Sintra Music Festival are only a few of the other vivacious events taking place countrywide.
It would be recommendable to organize your travel without delay, if you are interested in visiting the cities in their most colorful and enjoyable times, taking into account the high demand.
You may set the most pleasant vacation plan during your stay at Portugal and enjoy unforgettable moments at different spots of the country. The most touristic destinations in the country are the capital Lisbon, Coimbra, Aveira and Porto, which is full of vineyards.
Lisbon is among the most ancient cities in Europe. It therefore hosts a wide range of historical artifacts remaining from different eras. Castelo de Sao Jorge, Lisbon Cathedral, Belém Tower, Monastery of Jerónimos, Palace of Ajuda, Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira and Cristo Rei Statue are the primary attractions the capital Lisbon offers. Furthermore, Fado museum, displaying a wide range of collection about the country’s traditional, often melancholic music Fado is the notable cultural spot in the city, as well as Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Ancient Art. Located 28 kilometers from Lisbon, Sintra stands out as a pretty town surrounded by the buildings dating back to romanticism period, along with narrow pavements, colorful walls and verdant mountainsides; and is in high demand by the tourists as well. Have a look at the flight tickets to Lisbon to see on site all these beauties and enjoy a wonderful holiday. As one of the most popular cities countrywide, Faro is another Portuguese destination flooded by visitors all year round. The port district, often cited as Old Town, is regarded as the one of a kind model of Andalusian Umayyad architecture. This city, which is full of elegant restaurants where you can try the tastes of Portuguese cuisine, along with live Fado music performances is ideal for having both a rest and fun.
The second largest city in the country, Porto is notable for its steel bridges. Porto is home to Portugal’s first art museum, Soares Dos Reis National Museum, as well as Porto Wine Museum and Romanticism Museum, which all are remarkable cultural spots in the city. Monastery of Serra do Pilar, included in UNESCO World Heritage List, Palácio da Bolsa, Sao Francisco Church and Sao Bento Railway Station are the primary attractions in the city with the highest historical value. Bolhoao Market (Mercado de Bolhoao) and Guindais Funicular are among the other must-see spots the city offers.
Coimbra is another crowd-pulling destination in Portugal, notable for its young student population and spectacular natural beauties accompanying its restless lifestyle. Consisting of small islands, Aveiro is a lovely holiday paradise connected with bridges all around. This city, where many pretty gondolas serve on the canals formed in between, is among the most visited spots countrywide by its joyful beaches.
A large number of tourists plan to see more destinations in this country by setting a travel program between the cities to get to know Portugal better. You may accordingly benefit from the bus or railway services operating between cities, or consider renting a car for a smooth transport during your stay.