With its prime location of the entire length of the western side of the country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is has much to offer those seeking lots of sun and sand. The beaches as well as the inland mountainous terrains mean that Portugal generates options for those seeking lots of sun, sand and ski. By contrast to their conservative and reserved demeanor, the Portuguese actually have a relaxed attitude to topless and nude bathing around the coastal resorts. Add this abundance of natural sights to the adrenaline pumping urban experiences you’ll find in Porto, and you’ve got the destination of a lifetime! Read on to find out about some of the best places to hit when you visit this amazing place.
Portugal’s cultural perks include a highly anticipated, yet frenetic carnival season that lasts from summer to October. Expect to be immersed in eclectic costumes, with enthusiastic festival goers.
Lisbon, the capital city has more than enough to offer the Medieval time aficionado. Just a 30-minute drive outside of central Lisbon is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra. Renowned for its 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, take a tour to marvel at haven of illustrious palaces and extravagant mansions scattered among the forested hillsides.
Don’t Forget About Porto!
Often overlooked by Portugal’s tourist is the city of Porto. Yes, it is notorious and well- known for its’ wine, but most out-of-towners tend to book their itinerary around Lisbon. It’s truly imperative to sight see with your taste buds in Porto while climbing the city’s unapologetically steep hills. If you make it to the top, Sé Cathedral, a Romanesque cathedral will be waiting with remarkable views of Porto from above.
Have a Glass (or two) of Portuguese Wine
Unless by choice, you will never have to endure an empty glass of wine in this country that is fully devoted to its wine lovers. Enjoy a visit to the to the Douro Valley, including towns such as Mesão Frio, Peso da Regua, Pinhão and more. Best taken by a river cruise, your guides will take you to different monuments and landscapes in the region, getting a sense of the history and culture that still thrives. In this arena of vineyards, learn about the production of local wines and enjoy a tasting of olives and breads. Thirsty yet?
Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais
Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais is a short ride from Lisbon where you will find stunning cliffs, beautiful waves and pristine, but small beaches. It is great to hike along the coast or to romantically watch the sunset on a cliff. Cabo da Roca is a spot to check out that deems itself the most western point of Portugal and continental Europe. Head to this area for a beautiful view of vertical cliffs with a lighthouse on top.You can also obtain a certificate here that you have been on the most western point of continental Europe.
For those who want to spend their free time practicing surfing, diving, sailing, mountain biking, climbing, mountain tours, paragliding, hang gliding, Madeira is the perfect travel destination. If you are bringing in the new year here, this archipelago, located north of The Canary Islands, was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records for having the largest fireworks show in the world. “