Portugal, a country full of culture and history. From its stunning beaches to its vibrant cities, Portugal is a great destination for travellers looking for an unforgettable vacation. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an exciting city break, Portugal has something for everyone.
Portugal is located in the southwestern corner of Europe and is bordered by Spain to the east and north. It has a temperate climate with mild winters and hot summers. The average temperature in summer ranges from 18°C to 25°C while winter temperatures range from 8°C to 15°C. The best time to visit Portugal depends on what kind of experience you are looking for; if you want warm weather then summer is ideal, but if you prefer cooler temperatures then spring or autumn are better options.
Check out our post here on the weather in Portugal and best times to visit.
The country’s rich history dates back thousands of years and can be seen in its many monuments, castles, churches, palaces, museums and galleries throughout the country. Lisbon is one of the most popular cities in Portugal due to its vibrant nightlife scene as well as its historical sites such as Belem Tower or Jeronimos Monastery which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other popular destinations include Porto with its beautiful Douro River Valley; Faro with its stunning beaches; Coimbra with its ancient university; Evora with it’s Roman ruins; Sintra with it’s fairytale-like palaces; Madeira Island known as “the Pearl of Atlantic”; Azores Islands known as “the Hawaii”of Europe”; Algarve Coastline known as “the Paradise Coast”.
When visiting Portugal there are plenty of activities available such as surfing at some world-class beaches like Peniche or Ericeira; exploring picturesque villages like Obidos or Monsaraz; taking part in traditional festivals like Festa de Sao Joao (St John’s Festival) ; visiting historical sites like Jeronimos Monastery ; tasting delicious Portuguese cuisine such as caldo verde (green soup) , bacalhau (codfish) , pastel de nata (custard tart); going on wine tours through Douro Valley vineyards ; enjoying nature hikes through Serra da Estrela mountain range ; discovering unique wildlife at Ria Formosa Natural Park .
For those who want more than just sightseeing there are also plenty activities available such as kayaking along Algarve coastlines , diving off Madeira Island, horseback riding through Serra da Estrela mountains , sailing around Azores Islands. There’s something here for everyone! I will go into each one in more detail in later posts 🙂
List top 5 things to do / tourist attractions:
1. Visit Lisbon
As one of the oldest cities in Europe Lisbon offers visitors an array of cultural attractions including Belem Tower & Jeronimos Monastery which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites & Alfama district which offers amazing views over Tagus river & city skyline. You can also enjoy delicious Portuguese cuisine & vibrant nightlife scene here.
2. Explore Porto
Located along Douro River valley this charming city offers visitors breathtaking views over vineyards & old bridges connecting two sides together . Here you can take part in wine tours through local wineries where you can taste some famous port wines produced here since 17th century. You should also visit Livraria Lello bookstore considered one among most beautiful bookstores worldwide!
3. Enjoy Nature at Ria Formosa Natural Park
This protected area located near Faro consists out several islands connected by sandbanks offering visitors unique opportunity explore diverse wildlife living here including flamingoes, seagulls & other birds species plus variety marine life living within lagoon waters!
4. Discover Unique Wildlife at Azores Islands
These volcanic islands located mid Atlantic offer visitors unique opportunity explore diverse wildlife living here including whales dolphins sea turtles plus variety endemic bird species found only on these islands! Plus don’t forget try some local delicacies made out fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen!
5. Relaxing Beach Holiday on the Algarve Coastline
This region located south western corner mainland offers visitors amazing coastline filled up golden sandy beaches perfect spot relax sunbathe swim surf plus enjoy some delicious seafood restaurants serving freshly caught fish daily!