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Active vacation in Portugal - things to do, entertainment and nightlife

The coastal areas of Portugal will delight nature enthusiasts with varieties of flowers. Snorkelers on the other hand will appreciate all the beauties of the marine vegetation. The abundance of corals, clumps of natural boulders, strange fish species, as well as dolphins and jellyfish, will delight lovers of nature. 
When traveling around the country by train from Porto, it is preferable to choose a hotel near the São Bento train station, as it is from here that …
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The southern country consists of several main tourist zones. Madeira is the place of an invariably warm air temperature and the clearest waters, which are ideal for relaxing procedures in the company of splashing dolphins. Madeira is home to a huge number of different species of fish. Landscapes at water depths are replete with rocky reefs and numerous underwater caves. The “Parcial do Garajau” marine park is full of mackerels, as well as rare species of marine fish. T-Reef is one of the few natural places, consisting of a pair of rocky formations, which towers over dozens of meters in height, forming in the process a cave with a length of 50 meters. At the moment, this site is a favorite recreation spot for divers. 
The Azores archipelago is the habitat of sperm whales as well as a great place for unforgettable sea walks with frolicking stingrays and occasionally appearing jellyfishes. Predatory fish and manta rays are also widespread in the vicinity of the island of Santa Maria. Not far from the Pico and Faial you can find blue variety of sea sharks.  Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The original hotels for staying are in most cases located in small towns. Imbued with history, the hotel “Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical …
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Fans of night rest will appreciate the numerous dance halls and discos. For example, the city of Cascais offers fans of active night life the opportunity to have fun in bars, numerous amusement parks and restaurants with live jazz music. Most of the entertainment spots are located on the coast, near the hotels. Each municipal district of Portugal has its own facilities for night amusements. 
Albufeira Visitors to the city of Monte Estoril will be able to appreciate the skill of local bands when they visit the night club “Discoteca Bauhaus”. Youths of the vicinity also partake in these night time parties. For example, there are cheerful parties on All Saints’ Day, which are very common here, as well as many other original themes. 
Most hotels in the country provide a five-star level of service. This is because working below this standard is considered disadvantageous. One …
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There are also impressively organized fire shows and presentations, using laser technology. A short distance away, in the city of Estoril, is the Casino Estoril which serves as a gambling and leisure center for those who appreciate comfort. The casino is surrounded by numerous poker rooms, fashionable restaurants and swimming pools which offer everyone the opportunity of having a good time. Entrance to the facility is free. 
In the very heart of the town of Cascais are the famous places: disco “Rock N’ Shots”, “Rolls-Royce”, as well as many day-night bars, restaurants and karaoke clubs. Tourists will appreciate the free access and the absence of requirements of a dress code. Unfortunately, the prices of alcoholic beverages are quite high. For example, a decent bottle of beer can cost up to 3 euros. 
“The hallmark” of exclusive places is accommodation in rural mansions or houses with the possibility of enjoying the family atmosphere and …
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Throughout the country, you can enjoy your holiday in water parks which offer a variety of water attractions for families. Magnificent spacious complexes have been built on the coast of the warm ocean. The recreation areas offer beautiful views, and thrill seekers can enjoy breathtaking descents and steep slides. 
An amusement park located not too far from the large water park “Vila Real”, will please fans of active recreation with the opportunity to climb the rocks, play paintball or mini-golf, go mountaineering, ride a bike through the mountains, or participate in archery events. The connoisseurs of a more peaceful kind of entertainment will appreciate the orienteering and path-finding, as well as horseback riding.
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Reference information
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Portugal
♥   Restaurant 'Adega Tia Matilde' Lisboa. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Adega do Sossego' Melgaço. Type - Portuguese. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Afonso' Mora. Type - Cuisine from Alentejo. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Alambique' Almancil. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Alma' Lisboa. Type - Creative. On the map   Photos
Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks in Portugal
♥   Amusement park 'Norpark' Nazaré. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Parque Aquático de Amarante' Amarante. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Portugal dos Pequenitos' Coimbra. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Scorpio' Guimarães. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Slide & Splash' Lagoa. On the map   Photos
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Portugal
♥   Nature Park 'Madeira' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Montesinho' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Peneda-Gerês' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Ria Formosa' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Serra da Estrela' . On the map   Photos

Unique attractions in Portugal

Estacao Sao Bento

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
In Porty travelers have a great opportunity to visit the historic railway station Estacao Sao Bento. The interior resembles the old French villas of the 19th century. The mansard roof and the wonderful interior decoration and handmade painting – all these have been saved in the building of the station. The architectural landmark of the station is the painted azulejois. There was used about 20 000 bricks for decoration. All of them were painted by the famous artist - Jorge Colaço. It took him 11 years.

The official opening of the Estacao Sao Bento railway station was in 1916. Earlier there had placed the ancient decrepit monastery. The building looks more like a museum than a railway station. Every day it is visited by hundreds of curious tourists. They take photos of the azulojois … Read all

Obidos

From the series “The Last City-Fortresses Survived to This Day”
Obidos attracts people by its outstanding Medieval sightseeing. This small Portuguese town, with the population of 3 thousand people, was founded in the 12th century. The Obidos Palace is the main historical symbol of the town. Its fort walls surround the town for 1 565 meters long. The powerful defensive walls were beginning to build in the 12th century and finished in the 14th century.

For more than a hundred years the fortress is still in the focus of the traveller's interest. On its territory you can find not only historical monuments but also the first historical hotel, dated from the 1950s. Another eye-catching monument is the aquae ductus of the 16th century. Its depth is about 3 thousand meters. The real masterpiece of the ancient architecture is the towns gates. They are … Read all
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Saudi Arabia to Open 38 Hotels in Diriyah

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ambitious plans regarding the historic city of Diriyah that is located only 15 minutes from the central part of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia plans to spend as much as US$50.6 billion on this project. A total of 38 hotel brands will launch their hotels in the city, and the first 14 were announced not long ago. Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) received many inquiries from the leading luxury hospitality brands and carefully selected the ones that were fitting the city and its heritage the most. Read this

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Entertainment, recreation and attractions in cities of Portugal

Lisbon
There is a great planetarium in Lisbon named Planetario Calouste Gulbenkian. Its visitors have the opportunity not only to enjoy the sky of stars but also listen to interesting lectures. Special excursions are held for children. Botanical garden of Lisbon is placed next to the Natural History Museum. One can hardly find such a great variety of exotic plants and flowers in any other city of the country. Lisbon meets the visitors with great variety of picturesque parks and gardens. Visitors … Read more
Aveiro
One of the liveliest and most attractive places to take a walk in the city is Cais dos Botiroes. Stretching along the main canals, this promenade is decorated with charming colorful houses. Many of the old houses currently house popular restaurants and cafes, as well as some interesting shops. It’s a pleasure to walk along the waterfront at any time of the day. Trips to Ostraveiro Farm located in the vicinity of the city are popular among fans of non-standard entertainment. Over the … Read more
Albufeira
Blue Bell bar accepts guests until late at night. The bar is considered one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the city. In the evening guests are able to enjoy performances of popular music groups. The bar’s menu contains widest choice of local beer and various exotic snacks. Club Steps is a no less popular venue, which never ceases to delight its visitors with funny theme parties and musical performances. Steps is also famous by its bar, where visitors can make a break from loud … Read more
Porto
One of the favorite establishments among locals is the Rock's bar. Many people are eager to visit this bar to sit in the old cellar port facilities, thus looking into the past of the lovely town of Porto. Of course, the halls of this bar are superbly restored and decorated, and you can also come to the bar to enjoy the entertainment activities offered at the bar, for example, live music. The Industrial nightclub is located among a number of streets with a number of good bars and cafes, this … Read more
Funchal
The beach is equipped to a high standard; it has repeatedly won prestigious awards for high environmental performance. In addition to many sporting venues and welcoming restaurants, there are several play areas for children on the beach. A perfect holiday destination for the whole family is the pool complex Ponta Gorda. It has great leisure facilities for both adults and youngest visitors. The main beach is connected with the more compact and picturesque Doca do Cavacas beach. Fans of … Read more
Lagos
Other popular beaches are Praia do Porto de Mós and Praia do Canavial, they would also be great places for outdoor activities and sunbathing. Those, who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the crowded resort, have to go to Praia da Dona Maria beach. It is a picturesque and quiet corner where there is always atmosphere of harmony and tranquility. Lagos has a great golf center, Palmares, which would be amazing for both beginners and experienced golfers. On its territory there is a golf … Read more
Portimao
Along the beach there is beautiful sea-front Alvor Boardwalk, which is favorite place for jogging lovers. At the evening time a lot of people walk along this sea-front, also it is good for organization of picnic. Lovers of spa will like Portimao too – there is excellent spa-complex Swan Day Spa near the beach. Except of different types of massage and spa procedures it can suggest service of professional beauty shop and good sanitary programs. A lot of procedures can be realized on the beach in … Read more
Vilamoura
There is also a wonderful zoo in Vilamoura. Every day here are conducted interesting shows and entertaining programs for visitors. Fans of water attractions will definitely fall in love with local water parks, which are located in the suburban area of the city. Each of these three water parks features unique rides, slides and swimming pools. Fans of gambling will also find a suitable entertainment in Vilamoura – the city’s great casino waits for guests simply every night. Board games and … Read more

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