Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South and by Spain to the North and East. Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. Tourist hotspots in Portugal are Lisbon, Algarve and Madeira. The main tourist regions can be ordered as Lisbon and nearest area, Algarve, Porto area, Northern Portugal and the islands.  Lisbon in recent years surpassed the Algarve as the leading tourist region in Portugal. Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), once home to the world’s greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator. Situated on the north banks of the River Tagus, the charm of Lisbon is based on its strong links to the past. Its renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle mirror the city’s rich cultural heritage. The first two pictures are of Lisbon. The second two are of Batalha, the Dominican convent that took over a century to build, starting in 1386 and ending circa 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings. next four pictures come from Elvas,  the most heavily fortified frontier town in Europe, while the last to pictures depict Praya de Mira which is located half way between Figueira da Foz and Aveiro. The appealing village has the beach on one side and   a lagoon on the other.