According to UCityGuides, Portugal is in the top 10 of the most beautiful countries in the world. These are countries with a unique mixture of natural beauty and man-made wonders and Portugal ranks number 6.
Here’s what the publication says about the countries in the ranking:
Every country has its marvels and breathtaking landscapes, but these ten are blessed with a rare package of outstanding natural beauty and man-made wonders that enhance their territories with everything from beautiful cities to timeless villages, magnificent parks and pristine scenery.
And their opinion about Portugal:
For the pristine natural wonders of the volcanic Azores alone, Portugal would be on this list. Then there’s the “floating garden” that is Madeira, the dramatic coastline and mystical capes of the mainland, the serene plains of the Alentejo with the stunningly-sited white medieval villages of Marvão and Monsaraz, the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or the perfect collaboration of man and nature in the magic fantasy of Sintra and verdant Douro Valley. And while the old centers of Lisbon and Porto are inexplicably rundown and stubbornly neglected, it’s hard to match their scenic beauty with their grand riverside settings. Everything is in a small scale but when all combined it’s impressive how so much diverse beauty somehow fits in such a tiny country that seems to be a favorite of the sun.
UCityGuides is the ultimate source for information on urban destinations around the world. Their city guides include the essential information travellers look for, whether they it’s a romantic getaway, urban jungles or ancient wonders. Lisbon, Portugal’s capital is in the following categories: by the beach, soulful cities, romantic cities, laid-back cities, to drink and cities with a touch of exotic.
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