Portugal is one of most exotic and remote country in Western Europe. It is located on the Iberian, and it is the westernmost country of Europe, being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Portuguese Republic holds also sovereignty over the Atlantic archipelagos of Azores and Madeira, which are autonomous regions of Portugal. The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose name derives from Latin "Portus". The land within the borders of the current Portuguese Republic has been continually fought over and settled since prehistoric times. The Celts and the Romans were followed by the Visigoths tribes, which were themselves later invaded by the Moors. These Muslim peoples were eventually expelled during the Christian Reconquista of the peninsula. By 1139, the country established itself as a kingdom independent from Leon. In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result of pioneering at the age of discovery, Portugal expanded western influence and established the First global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers, and ultimately dividing the world with Spain.
This destination attracts many tourists each year. The main tourist areas are, by order of importance, the Greater Lisbon (Lisboa), the Algarve Greater Porto and of course most original of all its Northern regions. the leading tourist region in Portugal. Porto and Northern Portugal, especially the urban areas north of Duoro River, was the tourist destination that is experiencing a huge growth more than the exotic Madeira. Today the country is receiving a new trend of cultured travelers who are visiting not for leisure only seeking beaches and resorts but interested more in the culture and getting to know more mostly cultural ones, city breaks, gastronomy, nautical tourism or business travel. Not to forget spiritual travel as Portugal holds one of most popular Christian pilgrimage in the world that is of Fatima.
Unsurpassed in natural beauty, the cost line and rural active travel inside the country farmland. Portugal t give travelers a one-of-a-kind experience as they discover a wide array of cultural regions each with a distinguished character, which differs tremendously, yet shares an affinity for hospitality and friendliness. Our extraordinary trips will bring you so close to the Portuguese people and their culture. When one thinks of the beauty of the coastline and characteristic fishing villages, Portugal o should immediately come to mind, offering some of the most impressive seaports and picturesque towns. Additionally, its indigenous people who offer thought-provoking insight into ancient cultures unique to Portugal. Cross-Cultural Services offers tours and trips based on cultural and special interest travelers who seek to explore than just visit and go. We also focus on offering nature and promote the Portuguese gastronomy by making cooking classes workshops and culinary encounters for international food lovers.
It is our mission to share the true essence of the vast, timeless cultures of this destination, and to provide our travelers with a travel experience of the highest quality available in this extraordinary region. Our tours are replete with great natural encounters in Algarve , the Lisbon area, or the Duoro and Porto northern regions. Fatima spiritual trip is also one of our favorite. Contact us and book a tour to discover the beauty of Portugal 2018 and 2019.