Vultures, Orcas and Pastel de Nata
The Portuguese master the art of cooking like no other. Grilled sardines, various cheeses and cataplana go well with a good wine. In Lisbon
in the Belém
district, a pastel de nata is a must and Porto
offers space to many port houses. In addition, the Portuguese are also very hospitable and friendly.
Outside the cities, Portugal 's beauty unfolds in all its surprising variety. You can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or enjoy the unspoilt countryside and historic villages of little-explored Beiras . Over 800km of coastline offers spectacular views from dramatic cliffs. Located between the Douro River in the north and the Serra da Malcata in the south is the Côa valley . The valley is home to griffon and Egyptian vultures, golden and Bonelli eagles and endangered species such as black vulture, Spanish imperial eagle and black stork. But mongooses, civets, martens, polecats and elusive wild cats also find their place here. Marine animals such as dolphins, orcas and whales swim in the lush estuary of the Sado or the islands of the Azores . The inland areas are characterized by various nature parks and on the flanks of the hills there are numerous vineyards. 'Where the world can't find you ...'