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Portugal tours have plenty to offer, even if you don't leave the mainland. With cities like Porto and Lisbon, there is something for everyone. Yet while you won't have to leave the Iberian Peninsula to enjoy yourself, if you take an excursion just several miles offshore you'll hit one of Portugal's best hidden gems. The Berlengas - a group of several islands about 6 miles off the coast - has plenty of adventure travel opportunities, whether you'd like to hike through the gorgeous landscapes or relax on the crystal clear water.
The heart of the archipelago is Berlanga Grande - the collection's largest island. Aside from its size, Berlanga Graden is an attractive tourist destination thanks in large part to its picturesque beaches. However, there is more to do once you arrive than relax in the sand. Specifically, you should consider taking the hike to visit the Fort of São João Baptista das Berlengas. Built in the mid-17th century, this structure was originally used as a military fortification. It sits just off the coast of the Berlanga Grande, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Of course, you'd be remiss if the Fort of São João Baptista das Berlengas was the only place you visited during your time on the island. The water surrounding Berlanga is among the clearest in the world, making it perfect for snorkeling. If you want to get an untarnished look at the natural appeal of Portugal, the Berlengas Natural Reserve is the place to go. The reserve is among several areas that are protected by the government, and it is particularly famous for being home to a diverse set of bird species. Even if you're not an avid birdwatcher, catching a glimpse of the rare puffin mingling with seagulls will certainly leave a lasting impression.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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