These are uncertain times, and travel is far from simple. But there are places that are both unique and safe - like Portugal. Portugal is the closest nation in Europe to North America, with easy flights from most North American hubs.
The Portuguese Government yesterday announced that travel to and from the United States is still allowed. The statement by the Ministries of Health, Internal Administration, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Infrastructure and Housing was made on Tuesday in an official dispatch by the Portuguese Government.
George and Amal Clooney loved their vacation at Melides, on the Alentejo coast, so much they are building a home there.
The castle of Mértola is located on the highest point of the village. Even though the castle is of Muslim origin, the current building dates from a reconstruction carried out by the knights of the Order of Santiago after the village was taken by the Christians. The most notable feature of the castle is its 30 meter-high keep tower, finished around 1292, which has an inner hall covered with Gothic vaulting. The defences include a city wall, which still encircles the village.
Portuguese table wines ranked very highly in end-of-the-year reviews in two top wine magazines. These high ratings coincide with a significant increase in sales the wines have seen recently. Over the past three years, sales of Portuguese table wines have increased 40 percent and red wines grew by 125 percent.
The Portuguese government has announced a staged plan to lift restrictions, with all current limits being removed by this October.
From hotels built in regal palaces to love stories that span the ages – Portugal is home to numerous places perfect for igniting (or reigniting) the flames of love.
A mere hour from Lisbon is a portal where all who enter will be taken on a culinary journey around all of Portugal. Two weeks every October for the past 27 years, Santarém, a town choc-a-block with Gothic treasures, plays host to the National Gastronomy Festival, the country's main culinary event
Life is good, but wine is better. --Fernando Pessoa, (1988-1935)
Portugal will welcome travelers from the United States on June 15. And, direct flights are resuming on TAP Portugal, United, Azores Airlines and Delta from US gateway cities, too.