Blessed with an extremely pleasant climate and interesting places to see at reasonable travel costs – a trip to Portugal, the beautiful European country, should be on the bucket list of every true blue traveller. However, it is very difficult to shortlist just five places to visit in this captivating country!
One could wander through Portugal’s ancient vineyards, soak up in its warm climate, or simply explore its virgin beaches, lofty mountains, bohemian cafes, labyrinth of charming alleys, vibrant markets and quaint villages; for there is no dearth of things to do and places to explore in Portugal. No wonder Portugal tourism is growing by leaps and bounds every year. After great consideration, we have finalized 5 best places to visit in Portugal, that we feel no traveller must miss! Let us know which one fascinates you enough to pack your bags right away!
6 amazing places to go in Portugal
1. Lisbon – must-visit city in Portugal
The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon has been luring tourists for a long time now. Characterised by amiable weather, colourful shops, majestic cathedrals, alluring alleys and foot-tapping ‘Fado’ music, Lisbon is located along the banks of River Tagus. Do not forget to experience the beauty of this gorgeous city by taking a ride in one of the vintage trams such as ‘Tram 28’, which traverses along historic quarters, main attractions and gardens of Lisbon.
Read More: Top 10 reasons to visit Lisbon!
2. Funchal – an amazing place to visit in Portugal
Endowed with abundant natural beauty, Funchal, the capital city of the Madeira archipelago is known for its friendly locals, winding streets, abundant gardens, rich history, exotic wines and mesmerising local crafts. Make it a point to visit Funchal’s iconic hotspots like Pico do Arieiro (Madeira’s highest peak), Belmond Reid’s Palace, Cathedral of Funchal, Estadio do Maritimo (a multi-purpose stadium), etc. Cheap commutation and helpful locals make it easy to get around in the city.
3. Portimao – Travel to Portugal to see this beauty
Portimao, the second-most populous city of the Algarve region, is a friendly hub with a lovely waterfront, variety of cosy cafes, and many seafood restaurants in the old quarter and quayside. Head to Portimao if you want to experience the ultimate beach life that Portugal is famous for! There’s Praia da Rocha, the most famous beach of Portugal, offering scenic views from the buzzing Portimao Marina. Adjoining is the beautiful beach, Praia dos Careanos that is accessible by a steep stairway. You can admire the splendid rock formations of the idlyllic, almost empty beach “Praia dos Três Castelos“. With easy access to families with children, is the Vau beach (Praia do Vau) with it’s blue-green waters and golden sands.
The city is even more fun if you are visiting with your family, for there are quite a few fun activities you can enjoy. For instance, you can indulge in activities like – cruising on a pirate ship, exploring the lovely Alvor boardwalk, enjoying delicious seafood or simply zipping around the go-kart track at the Algarve International Circuit.
4. Sintra – Best places to visit in Portugal
Azenhas do Mar, a small, charming sea-side town barely 10 kms from the city of Sintra
The resort town of Sintra is nestled in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains on the Lisbon coast. Sintra provides a remarkable setting of lush hills, dotted with colourful villas, plush royal retreats, magnificent castles and palaces. Sintra has become quite popular amongst the tourists, and it is super crowded during the summer months, which are the best time to visit Sintra. Vila de Sintra (village of Sintra) is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, adorned with pastel-hued mansions nestled in lofty mountains.
5. Porto – the gem of Portugal tourism
The birthplace of “port wine”, Porto, the gorgeous city of Portugal, will make you realise what is it like to fall in love at first sight. A fascinating and vibrant city, Porto is quickly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations all thanks to its extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife. The majestic Douro Valley (one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world), Palácio da Bolsa (a historical building), Church of São Francisco, Dom Luís I Bridge, etc are few of the iconic places of Porto that you should simply not miss out on!
6. The Azores – secret paradise hidden away in Portugal
The Azores are a bunch of nine volcaninc island off the coast of Portugal – a secret paradise, so gorgeous that we didn’t want to share it with you! Pristine, untouched by tourism and filled with colours so vibrant that your eyes may hurt! Waterfalls, hot springs, lush greenery, serene lakes (like the beautiful Santiago lake on the Sao Miguel Island) are common place here. Visit the Azores of Portugal before it gets exposed to the world!
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