Here are the top 10 Reasons to Visit Portugal:
Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. Portugal became the holiday destination for many world travelers. We give you a few amazing reasons that will make you wish to visit Portugal right now! This small country has such a rich diversity to offer.
You will be amazed by the old world charm everywhere. 500 years old monuments ruin dating back to pre-historic periods, Romantic palaces ready for you to have dinner inside. Portugal is also a super calm and safe country, fairly cheap and easy to travel from edge to edge.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 reasons to visit Portugal.
The weather here is really fantastic! It is not too hot in summer and generally mild in winter. In summer, it is about 30. º C and in winter near 15. º C. With perfect temperatures almost all year round and warm sun and sea breezes. Portugal is a wonderful destination for enjoying great beaches.
Portugal is a food and wine paradise. One of the oldest countries in the world, the Portuguese are also the original foodies. Food and wine have been an integral part of Portuguese culture for centuries. Excellent seafood and cured meats (sausages and ham), delicious bread and pastries and a deep understanding of flavors put Portugal at the top of the gastronomy ladder. Download here the Guide: An Introduction to Portuguese Cuisine
Portugal produces a good selection of both red and white wines, starting at about €3. Despite the famous Port Wine and even though Portuguese wines win the most prestigious awards every year. Chances are there is a great quality wine at a very reasonable price.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. The best way to get to know the picturesque City of Seven Hills is to stroll up and down its streets. The city is lovely with scenic landscapes from every angle. Lisbon is the second-oldest capital of Europe (after Athens!).
The many treasures of Lisbon will captivate the historian and artist alike with a vintage feel. On the other hand, Lisbon is also home to some of the world’s most contemporary fashions, art, and entertainment! With Lisbon, you get the best of both worlds (old and new) with the bonus of being in one of the least expensive capital cities in Europe.
The Lisbon Region includes coastal resorts, such as Estoril and Cascais, 17 miles from Lisbon. It includes the Serra de Sintra, an expanse of hills, parks and nature reserves that reaches to the coast. The city of Sintra is known for its palaces – Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Palácio da Pena, and Palácio de Monserrate.
A lively and upbeat city, Lisbon has a great deal for those visiting with children. Take a short three-day break and make sure the younger family members enjoy it as much as you do.
Many restaurants throughout Portugal have Fado music concerts. It is a type of urban music with nostalgic and melancholic feeling, often mournful lyrics, accompanied by the Portuguese guitar.
It all started as what today we’d call urban music. In the early 1800s in the streets and brothels of Lisbon. Although some historians believe the real origin predates to homesick sailors at sea and to the slaves in Brazil.
There is also an evident Moorish influence. Perhaps explained by the first “Fado neighborhood” in the city, the Mouraria, which was the Moorish enclave for centuries.
It cannot be contested that the beaches of Portugal are among the most incredible in the world. And the beaches are among the country’s greatest highlights. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors with each one miraculously more beautiful than the next.
If you are looking for a surf adventure, Portugal is the best destination in Europe. You will surely fall in love with the beaches of Portugal!
Porto is exceptional. The city was built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River. It is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2000 year history.
Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus or port). You can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir to the beautiful train station São Bento and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara.
Elected Best European Destination 2014 by the European citizens. Porto is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters, and discoveries. See the itinerary.
Portugal has become one of the top Golf Destinations in Europe over the last two decades. It wins World’s Best Golf Destination 2014 in the World Golf Awards. A sister event of the prestigious World Travel Awards.
The region is extremely popular with golfers looking for a more cost-effective way to experience Golf in the Mediterranean sunshine. Cheaper than Spain, France, and Italy, golf on the Portuguese provides some of the best budget sunshine golf in Europe. It is perfect for Golfers who also wish to take their family on vacation with them.
Portugal offers a vast amount of natural parks that you can view and explore. The best one is Peneda-Gerês National Park (the only one in Portugal) is considered one of the best national parks in Europe. The rank was made by the British newspaper The Guardian, which brought together a top 10 list of the best parks in Europe.
Wild ‘garrano’ ponies and rides on these domesticated animals through its oak forests and sierras are some of the things to do in Peneda Gerês. The newspaper also highlights the natural beauty of the landscapes, natural pools and ancient Roman roads, marked with 2.000-year-old milestones. See: Walking in Portugal
The Catholic religion is deeply enrooted into the customs and traditions of the Portuguese nation. That is our last reason to visit Portugal. The numerous monasteries, churches, and chapels are a testimony to times of indifference. You have to visit Fátima and Braga.
The Sanctuary of Fátima is the largest place of worship in Portugal. Nossa Senhora de Fátima is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary honoring the reported apparitions of her to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal. On the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13.
Pilgrimage to the site goes on all year round. But the main pilgrimage festivals take place from May to October, on the 13th day of each month, on the anniversaries of the original appearances.
Thousands of people gather on May 13th and October 13th to pray and witness processions of the statue of Our Lady of Fátima. Both during the day and at night, by the light of tens of thousands of candles.
Braga is a place of strong religious traditions, especially with the Catholic Church. It’s not by accident it’s often referred to as the “city of archbishops”!
There are lots of ancient churches in Braga. A historic cathedral, and a huge focus on religious celebrations all around the year. You have to visit Braga during the Easter season. When the city organizes religious processions and re-enactments of the Passion of the Christ. That draw in legions of tourists, both from national and international backgrounds. See: The Best of Portugal
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