The Portugal tourist map shows all tourist places and points of interest of Portugal. This travel map of Portugal will allow you to easily plan your visits of landmarks of Portugal in Europe. The Portugal tourist map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
Portugal attracts many tourists each year. In 2006, the country was visited by 12.8 million tourists as its mentioned in Portugal tourist map. Tourism is playing an increasingly important role in Portugal economy contributing with about 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The main tourist areas are, by order of importance, the Greater Lisbon (Lisboa), the Algarve, Portuguese Islands (Ilhas Portuguesas: Madeira and Azores), Greater Porto and Northern Portugal (Porto e Norte) and Alentejo.
Lisbon is, after Barcelona, the European city attracting most tourists, with 7 million tourists sleeping in the city hotels in 2006, the number grew 11.8% compared to previous year. Lisbon in recent years surpassed the Algarve as the leading tourist region in Portugal. Porto and Northern Portugal, especially the urban areas north of Douro River, was the tourist destination which grew most (11.9%) in 2006 as you can see in Portugal tourist map. Today, most tourists in Portugal are British, Spanish or German, travel in low cost airliners, and are not only in search of the beach and the sun, but mostly searching culture, city breaks, gastronomy, nautical tourism or travel in business.
Tourist hotspots in Portugal are Lisbon, the Algarve and Madeira, but the Portuguese government is currently developing new destinations: the Douro Valley, Porto Santo Island, and Alentejo. Portugal has several other tourism regions such as Douro Sul, Templários, Dão-Lafões, Costa do Sol, Costa Azul, Planície Dourada, etc as its shown in Portugal tourist map. Most of them are unknown to tourists and locals alike. As of 2007, these are being reorganized. All these regions are grouped in tourism reference areas, which are widely known due to the fact that these are the traditional regions: Costa Verde, Costa da Prata, Costa de Lisboa, Montanhas, Planícies, Algarve, Madeira, Açores.
The Portugal attractions map shows all monuments and sightseeing of Portugal. This tourist attractions map of Portugal will allow you to easily discover monuments, museums ans places to visit of Portugal in Europe. The Portugal attractions map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the country most cherished and revered buildings, and is a must-see on every tourist agenda. Arguably Portugal most popular and family-friendly visitor attraction, Lisbon oceanarium is brilliantly conceived to highlight the world diverse ocean habitats as its mentioned in Portugal attractions map. Palácio Nacional de Sintra, UNESCO acknowledges the destination as a World Heritage cultural landscape such is its beauty and the significance of the collection of historic visitor attractions clustered in and around the old town, Sintra Velha. The majestic National Palace and Monastery of Mafra looms over the pleasant countryside town of Mafra and represents an outstanding example of grandiose excess.
Kayaking off Ribeira do Cavalo Beach near Sesimbra, offering an extra dimension to the sightseeing experience, paddling the coastline provides an excellent excuse to exercise in a salt-laced, pristine environment. One of Portugal best-loved historic monuments and a Lisbon icon, the Torre de Belém stands as a symbol of the Age of Discovery and the voyages of exploration undertaken in the 15th and 16th centuries. Dominating the charming riverside town of Tomar as you can see in Portugal attractions map is a mighty castle that shields the Convento do Cristo, one of Portugal standout historic attractions. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its collection of historic monuments grouped in and around the old town center, it is the Castelo de Guimarães.
Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal grandest religious sanctuary, is located on a wooded slope six kilometers east of Braga as its shown in Portugal attractions map and is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country. As one of Portugal greatest natural attractions, the Gerês Mountains draw walkers, hikers, and lovers of the outdoors to one of Europe last great wildernesses, a stark and rugged landscape noted for its lush valleys dotted with shimmering lakes. The Universidade de Coimbra is Portugal oldest seat of learning, founded in 1290 by King Dinis. Acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the historic buildings of the Velha Universidade, or old Coimbra University, surround a beautiful colonnaded central square, the Paço das Escolas.