10 Reasons The Portugal Should Be The Next Country You Visit

10 Reasons The Portugal Should Be The Next Country You Visit

10 Reasons The Portugal Should Be The Next Country You Visit

Sun-splashed beaches, a fairytale castle, vineyards tumbling down the hillsides, picturesque Old World cities, islands that beckon the adventurer…it’s all there in Portugal.

10 Reasons The Portugal Should Be The Next Country You Visit

Portugal truly has it all: a fascinating history, such welcoming people, a hip capital, gorgeous national parks in the north, sexy beaches in the south, a chain of subtropical islands out in the Atlantic, and oh yes, it’s cheap!

 Douro River, Portugal

Rocky Canyon, Douro River, Portugal
Rocky Canyon, Douro River, Portugal

Rocky Canyon, Douro River, Portugal

The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.

Departing from Porto, where the river flows into the sea and where the Douro wines (table wines and Port wine), produced on its hillsides, also end up, there are various ways to get to know this cultural landscape, listed as a World Heritage Site: by road, by train, on a cruise boat and even by helicopter. None will leave you indifferent.

 Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal
Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal, is a famous holiday destination popular with those seeking bucket loads of sunshine and award winning golden sandy beaches, families, sports enthusiasts, nature lovers

Sintra, Portugal

Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal
Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Pena Castle in Sintra, Portugal… This is actually Pena National Palace in Sintra that served as a summer retreat for Portegese monarchs in 18th and 19th century. In 1995 the palace became a World Heritage site.

 Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal – Capital and gateway to the north of Portugal, Porto is both the city that provided a nation with a name and a fortified wine known worldwide as port.

 Òbidos, Portugal

Òbidos, Portugal
Òbidos, Portugal

Òbidos, Portugal

Òbidos, Portugal – The town of Óbidos, with its white-washed houses covered with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle, was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later offered it to his wife, Saint Queen Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the queens of Portugal.

 Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal
Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal – About midway between Boston and mainland Portugal sit the Azores, a collection of nine beautiful islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, and just four hours by plane from Boston.

 Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal – Lisbon is one of the sexiest capitals I have visited. Built on seven hills and situated on the Tagus, you can imagine just what kind of gorgeous views you can find around the city at any hour of the day. Taking a ride on Tram 28 is the perfect introduction to Lisboa – just make sure you get on early as these things get packed! I was lucky to have stayed in the heart of Alfama where I managed to acquire a Portuguese grandmother within a period of five days. Though she didn’t speak a word of English nor I Portuguese, I forged some kind of bond with the lady living downstairs from me that I can only hope will be rekindled somewhere down the line.

 Braga, Portugal

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

Braga, Portugal

Braga, Portugal – Located in the far north of Portugal, at the heart of the Minho region, lies the ancient city of Braga. The country’s oldest city, Braga, Portugal, is steeped in history, tradition and ancient culture, all of which merge seemingly effortlessly into the contemporary world of a modern-day university-city and thriving tourist destination.

 Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal – It’s in between Sagres and Portimão, so also easily accessible by public transportation. Lagos really packs quite a punch for its small size in terms of beautiful beaches and vigorous nightlife.

 Madeira, Portugal

Madeira, Portugal
Madeira, Portugal

Madeira, Portugal

Madeira, Portugal – Out of all the stops I made while in Portugal, Madeira was the one I was surprised by the most. I knew it was an island, but had no idea how much it would feel more like a tropical island somewhere in the Caribbean than southern Europe. Its capital Funchal is quite cosmopolitan for island standards yet take a drive about 30 minutes to the north and you will find yourself in the middle of a UNESCO-protected laurel forest.





2019-07-26
Joe