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What to do in Portugal in December

2018-11-16 | views: 435

In December in Portugal, despite the rainy temper of the weather, it is fabulously beautiful. On the eve of Christmas, festive illumination is lit in large cities and small towns, shop windows are decorated with colorful garlands, and various concerts and entertainment events take place regularly on the venues. The weather in the country varies widely, but you can still choose the warmest regions to get a generous portion of vivid impressions. The first winter month is also favorable for practicing one’s own health in one of the balneological centers. It would not be superfluous to think about the gastronomic journey, which allows to learn the culinary diversity of regional cuisines.

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Beach holiday

If for you swimming in refreshing sea water is not unusual, then go to the island part of Portugal. Whatever it was, on Madeira, the climate is a bit more pleasant, therefore, the Azores is better to postpone for another visit. It is more expedient to give preference to the southeast coast, since dry sunny days prevail here. According to the observation of meteorologists, the water temperature is kept at the same level as the air temperature - about +19 ° С. In winter, it is quite windy here, so in the ocean one can observe mainly surfers. In special wetsuits, they feel quite comfortable. On the southern coast of continental Portugal, which is considered the warmest region of the country, is the dead swimming season. This month the water is cooled to +16 ° C.

Entertainment and excursions

Fans of medieval cities and architectural monuments of antiquity must definitely visit Évora. This is a city museum in the open, carefully preserving the remnants of a glorious past.

The most significant of its buildings, which is of great historical importance, is the Cathedral “Igreja de São Francisco”. By the way, those who consider themselves to be a connoisseur of good wine should also come to Évora: this sunny drink has been produced in ancient estates located in its vicinity. If you are planning a trip to Madeira, it makes sense to stay at a hotel with a thalassotherapy center. The cost of SPA procedures in the low season is significantly reduced and becomes available to the average tourist. In the archipelago you can go fishing, which guarantees trophies such as the dwarf shark and blue marlin. A lot of interesting impressions will give you an acquaintance with the capital of the province of Algarve - Faro. Here is the second in the world (after the bone in the Czech Republic) church on the bones - "Capela dos Ossos". So, if you have not been honored to visit Kutna Hora, then take this city to your note. In good weather, we advise you to go on a mini cruise along the lagoon “Ria Formosa”. This is truly an amazing creation of nature with an impressive variety of flora and fauna. In Lisbon, its many museums, cathedrals and monasteries deserve special attention. Children can be taken to the Oceanarío de Lisboa aquarium.

Holidays and Festivals

December 1 in Lisbon are solemn parades on the occasion of the Independence Day of Portugal. December 8 is the religious feast of the Immaculate Conception. At the beginning of the month a traditional marathon is organized in the capital.

In addition, the city is filled with an ice rink with an area of ​​200 square meters. m. And in Obidos, located on the west coast of the country, opens the Christmas village "Vila Natal" with attractions, shopping stalls and a string of cozy cafes. December 25 - Catholic Christmas. The holiday is celebrated mainly in a close family circle, and many restaurants and shops close on this day. The main treat on the festive table is the Bolo Rei cake. On December 31, on the eve of the New Year “Noite Mágica”, popular festivities are held everywhere on the streets of cities, cheerful music is played, and concert programs are given. The main celebrations in Lisbon unfold at the Torre de Belém of Bethlehem. And at midnight on Madeira, above the Bay of Funchal, volleys of colorful fireworks, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records due to their scale, are being released. It is best to watch the fireworks on the ship in the bay, for this, a couple of hours before midnight, you must come to the “Avenida do Mar” quay and book a place in the boat.

Source: Internet