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The Spa Town of Chaves

Over the centuries, Chaves has been fought over by the Romans, the French during the Peninsular War and repeated Spanish invaders. Thermal springs and nearby gold deposits encouraged the Romans to establish an important stronghold there in AD 78, while their emperor Vespasiano christened the town Aquae Flaviae in recognition of the quality of its natural spring waters.
 

The Prince of Tides

Spurred by Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), the Portuguese discovered precisely what Columbus was seeking – the fabled Indies. They also charted new sea routes halfway around the world to destinations as far as Japan.
 

Fair and Square

It is widely claimed that Portugal is the land of the azulejo painted tile and in no other country and by no other people has it been used on such a vast scale or in such an original way.
 

Floral Splendour

With its tilting terrain and subtropical climate, Madeira’s flower power ranges from orchids tottering on three-foot-long stems and bougainvillea in bursting shades of red and purple. Delve deeper and you’ll find frangipani, an icon of the tropics, roses and carnations of all colours, bird-of-paradise flowers (strelitzia reginae), lilies, geraniums and the indigenous blue Madeiran pride.
 

The Exuberance of Youth

One of Portugal's lesser-known but much-savoured wines is vinho verde, so called because the grapes are picked young and the wine is mostly drunk just a year or two after bottling. These days it's a description that applies to all three types of vinho verde table wine - red, white and rosé – all made in the lush, green regions of northern Portugal.
 

Portugal in Profile

Roughly rectangular in shape and with a population of around ten million people, Portugal has much to offer the modern visitor - young and old alike - with fine wines, fairy-tale castles and palaces and long sandy beaches in abundance, plus a long and chequered history stretching back thousands of years.

There are many, many more jewels in Portugal's tourism crown, of course, but it's the Portuguese themselves with their warm and welcoming nature who have greatly helped establish their country as one of Europe's most appealing, easygoing and multi-faceted destinations.

This article is a very brief overview of some of the things you might just like to see during your next visit to Europe's sun-blessed south-westernmost nation. Have a good trip!
 

World's Smallest Guesthouse

Blink and you might easily miss the Portuguez Inn as you stroll down Rua Dom Frei Caetano Brandão in the northern city of Braga - but that's the whole point.
 

Lisbon's Favourite Tipple

One of the more unusual features in the streets around Rossio, Lisbon's bustling central square, are the small bars with their dated interiors selling ginjinha, the local name for morello cherry brandy.
 

The Coast Town of Viana do Castelo

Sitting comfortably between the Lima Estuary and the  rolling hills of Portugal's enchanting Minho region, Viana do Castelo boasts an extended history with vestiges of human habitation dating back as far as the Stone Age.
 

The City of Angra

Full of customs and tradition, the delightful UNESCO World Heritage city of Angra do Heroísmo has played a strategic role as a mid-Atlantic port over the centuries.
 

Way Out West

Recalling times from days gone by, Aldeia da Cuada (pictured centre) on Flores in the Azores is a rare treat on the very western edge of Europe.
 

The Town of Porto Moniz

Set high on a hill looking over the seafront, Porto Moniz is a remote coastal town located at the north-westernmost point of Madeira, well sheltered by a narrow peninsula that points toward a picturesque islet called Ilhéu Mole.