Extending into the Atlantic Ocean on its western borders and sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, Portugal is one of Europe's most fascinating destinations. That's because the country pleases every sort of traveler. With everything from luxurious ocean resorts to affordable motels, hotels in Portugal suit a wide array of budgets. Sites are just as diverse, and include everything from the Gothic-style Church of Sao Francisco in Porto to the wonderful Douro River to the nightlife in Algarve. Needless to say, a trip to Portugal is something you'll be talking about for the rest of your life.
Since you'll be traveling here, it's convenient to divide the country into three parts: north, central, and south. Northern Portugal is home to much of the country's history and the second-largest city, Porto. In this region, you can tour the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra (the country's former capital), which was the most important monastic house during the early days of the Kingdom of Portugal. The happening, modern capital of Lisbon is located in the central region of Portugal, and boasts its fair share of notable attractions. These include the highly rated Lisbon Oceanarium, historic Sao Jorge Castle (which has a gorgeous hilltop location), and Jeronimos Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site). To save money on your stay in the capital, look for deals on hotels in Lisbon. If you choose to head to the southern region, you'll find some of the best hotels in Portugal right next to some of the best beaches in the country—you can relax on the sands of Barreta Island, snap photos of the Cathedral of Faro, and golf at one of the many resorts.
Do you want to have more euros in your pocket for the trip? Search on Travelocity for Lisbon vacation packages, Porto rental cars, and more. Or, book your flight along with one of the many Portugal hotels as a bundle on Travelocity, and save up to $537. That's more cash to enjoy some famous Portuguese wine and seafood.