Did you know that the city of Guimarães in the Braga region, in the north of Portugal was the European Capital City of Culture 2012? Guimaraes shared the honour with Riga in Latvia.Chill out on Cascais’ Pristine Beaches Get a true taste of the seaside in Cascais and visit some of the most lively and stunning beaches in Europe. This town is a popular vacation destination for the Portuguese. Its pastel colored houses and buildings bring a youthful and colorful charm to this hilly beach town. Cascais is renowned by surfers for its thundering waves and is a favourite for beach-goers as it offers many relaxing and picturesque spots to take in the ocean. Discover Storybook Sintra Sintra feels alive with fairy tale as it is full of thick, dark, foggy forests, and hosts the remnants of Moorish castles. Sintra is a popular destination because of its magical and picturesque streets. The city is filled with stunning, medieval and gothic architecture, including gargoyles. Sintra is also a UNESCO World Heritage site as its city center breathes living history, hosting many different eras and styles of architecture. Sintra is alive with eccentric and lavish mansions, elaborate rolling gardens, and glowing palaces. Be sure to take a long walk through Sintra's historical streets. Enjoy world-class Golf on The Algarve Coast The Algarve is a BIG vacation destination, as its beaches are lined with resorts and is host to a flood of tourists and parties come summer. Yet, it remains a center of excitement and is filled with breathtaking ocean beaches and white-washed villages. If you are a golf aficionado, Algarve offers some beautiful, pristine golf resorts that are definite musts for international golfing destinations. The Portuguese courses always fill the lists of the ‘top golf courses in the world’, such as North Monte Rei in the east Algarve foothills that look over the Sierra do Caldeirao Mountains, Old Oceanico the oldest golf course at world-famous Vilamoura and Quinta de Cima which offers American-style golfing opportunities. The coast offers a variety of tastes from young, wild, nightlife towns like Lagos, to calm, quaint and historic escapes like Tavira. If you are looking for some of the most beautiful and dramatic coasts you will ever see, be sure to visit the Algarve; the pristine and luminous beaches are lined with sculpted, rugged cliffs, overlooking the warm, rich blues of its Mediterranean waters.