Lisbon, the dazzling city that stretches along the banks of the Tagus, is an enchanting capital. There is the fortress around which the city originally sprang up, and which is now circled by neighborhoods drenched with medieval charm. Everywhere are fine monuments that bring to mind the great Age of Discoveries, and picturesque houses whose facades are decked with ornate ceramic tiles. As the dusk turns to night, the yellow electric tramcars continue to wind their way up and down the hills of the old capital, while the sound of traditional Fado folk songs enlivens many a candle-lit dinner table in restaurant or home. But the capital also provides ample opportunity for seeing popular celebrations, for shopping, and for enjoying the nightlife along the riverbanks. With the port and marinas situated nearby, water sports are a natural attraction too.
One of Europe’s smallest capital cities, Lisbon is for many, one of it most beguiling – an easily accessible mix of new and old worlds. Elegant outdoor cafés line Lisbon’s mosaic cobblestone sidewalks along grand 18th-century boulevards. Turn-of-the-century funiculars dot its steep hills. Two-thirds of the city was leveled in a 1755 earthquake, but in its churches, peeling buildings, tiny alleyways, hidden squares, you can still feel the glorious past.
Portimao - Algarve Coast, Portugal
The city of Portimao, the beach resort Praia da Rocha, and the nature reserve Ria de Alvor are the most well known places of an Algarve region quite unique in its diversity. Summertime is clearly the busiest time of the year, reaching a climax with the popular annual sardine festival in August, but the mild climate of the Algarve, and many sunny winter days attract a multinational crowd in all seasons. Explore the countless shopping opportunities, visit historical sites, strolling along the river boulevard or just sipping a drink in a garden bar. Warm sea waters and gorgeous rock formations make the beaches particularly alluring.
While today, Safi is a modern port, housing fishing and diversified industry, the old town which lies within the city is still very much alive. Here you might be tempted to buy pottery, seeing all shapes and patterns in a lot of shops, but then you are in one of the best places in Morocco for pottery. There are plenty of opportunities to walk around and watch artisans working on their pottery. When you have been in places like Moulay Idriss you will have seen the beautiful covering on the roofs, made out of green tiles. Safi is the place where the tiles are produced.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Santa Cruz de la Palma is a municipality in the eastern part of the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands. It is located along an old lava flow coming out from the Caldera, an inactive volcano just south of the city. The population is approximately 16,000.
Founded in 1493, it was an important port on the route between Europe and the American colonies and was once the third largest port in Europe.
The town's architectural heritage (in the Old Town) can be seen in its stately colonial style houses on cobblestone streets. This peaceful place has many cultural attractions including the insular Museum with its remarkable collection of paintings and art, as well as the Chico and Circo de Marte theaters.
On the wild and rugged east coast of Barbados, the isolated beaches are the colour of sunrise, the red sands having blown all the way across the Atlantic from the Sahara. The eastern most island of the Windwards, and indeed, of the entire Caribbean, reaches out to Africa and the Old World, as if not quite part of the New. Bridgetown, Barbados is an interesting town full of contrasts. George Washington actually slept here! Trafalgar Square reminds you that the laid back, rum-and-fun-loving island’s British-influenced heritage includes revered traditions like cricket and high tea.