Rambling Through Portugal
The first country to send its navigators around the world in ships, a major contender to Moorish and Spanish Empires, Portugal is extraordinarily proud of its past. Although today's Portuguese youth struggle to find employment post-college, the tourist industry has infused new life into this vibrant culture. Grand cities such as Lisbon and Porto are undergoing renovations on every corner. Restaurants bustle with Germans, English - even Americans seeking good prices and excellent seafood. Although its southern coast, the Algarve, gets a majority of its budget-seeking Europeans who threaten to turn it into another Costa Del Sol, northern cities still retain character and charm.