Beyond the Algarve’s cliff-flanked beaches, Portugal is a country of bucolic landscapes and culture-rich cities. The distant strains of fado music, scents of freshly grilled fish and a party-loving spirit suffuse the Moorish alleys of Lisbon and Porto’s medieval Ribeira. But don’t stop there. Head inland to stroll cork and almond forests, sip port in the Duoro’s tumbling vineyards and hike in the Peneda-Gerês National Park’s lake district. Everywhere you’ll be greeted with a heartfelt bemvindo (welcome).
One of the most majestic and mysterious cities in Europe, Prague acts as a magnet for tourists who come from all over the world to witness the peerless beauty of this city of a hundred spires. The city is the culmination of many hundred years of architecture, and its main allure lies in its narrow, medieval streets, baroque, neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Art Deco edifices, and its cutting-edge, contemporary design.
One of the joys of Prague is its size. Unlike unwieldy, unknowable cities such as London or Paris, one can grasp the dimensions of Prague fairly firmly — even though it can be impenetrable in other ways — and getting to know the many sights and stories of its historical centre is an exquisitely intimate pleasure.
However, the centre itself is fashioned from several districts. The heart of the city encompasses Hradcany, Mal Strana, Star Mesto, Nov Mesto and Josefov and, as in so many other European cities, those who inhabit these areas tend to be affluent locals and ex-pats. Everyone else lives in the surrounding cadastral districts of Vinohrady, Zizkov and Sm chov, where the architecture is less remarkable and English less widely spoken — and the inhabitants are said to possess oodles of character.
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