A truly maritime nation overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has always been steeped in history. The capital, Lisbon, is undoubtedly a valid reason for taking a trip to Portugal with Costa Cruises. You’ll visit the Castle, the old Alfama district and walk through the narrow streets of the popular Bairro Alto, so picturesque during the day thanks to its homes decorated with azulejos (typical coloured tiles) and in the evening for the busy nightlife. The faces of the people you’ll meet remind you of the best neorealist films of 1950s, with expressions carved out by the sun and bright, clear eyes. We’ll sail on to the Madeira archipelago and trek to the summit of Pico Ariero, which enjoys an amazing view. Costa Cruises has chosen the port of Funchal, with its Botanical Gardens and the picturesque local produce market, to discover the wonders of the island: the ocean views, the terraces along the coast and the interior’s subtropical forests.