20 Reasons Why You Should Visit Portugal This Year
Trying to decide where to go on your next vacation? WarmRental has a suggestion for you: Portugal. Picture mild weather, charming people, delicious food, and impressive monuments to discover that compete with the dreamy beaches. If you’re still not convinced, after reading this blog post with 20 reasons why you should visit Portugal this year, you will have a hard time saying no to this beautiful country!
Did you know that Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe? It has a long history worth discovering by visiting the many castles across the country preserved over the years. São Jorge Castle, in Lisbon, is mandatory not only because of its history but also the amazing view over the city and the river.
If you’re looking for the most beautiful beaches in the world, you are sure to find some of them in the Algarve. Such as Praia da Falésia, Praia da Dona Ana and Praia da Rocha, just to name a few. Pack your bathing suits, grab your sunscreen and go discover these dreamy beaches.
Located on the western edge of Europe, Portugal has mild weather pretty much all year round. It is not too hot in the Summer and Winters are generally not too cold which makes it a perfect destination any time of the year.
If you love to eat, then you have to visit Portugal. The country has a typically hearty cuisine filled with fresh ingredients so be prepared to want to try everything, from seafood to the delicious pastries.
Portugal is also known for its tasty pastries, such as the famous Pastéis de Nata. For those with a sweet tooth, these custard tarts are not to be missed. If you’re in Lisbon, try them at Pastéis de Belém and if you’re in Porto, one of the best places is at Manteigaria.
The country is also famous for its ancient Port wine production. Take a boat trip to witness the beauty of the Douro Valley and taste the delicious wine. Beyond Port wine, there is a variety of different wines that the country is recognized for so you are sure to find the perfect one to accompany each dish.
Every year in June, Portugal celebrates the Popular Saints. Picture people on the street celebrating with family and friends while eating sardines. The main ones are St. Anthony, in Lisbon, on 12 and 13 June, and St. John, in Porto, on the night on the night of 23 June.
Sintra is a picturesque town in the center of Portugal with a magic feel. Actually, the village looks taken straight from a fairytale. If you’re ever in the area, make sure you visit the Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors, and the Quinta da Regaleira.
Did you know that J.K.Rolling, the author of Harry Potter, teach English in Porto? That’s right, and she was actually inspired by the iconic Lello bookstore to create the Hogwarts Library. Having said, it’s a stunning and magical place you can’t miss!
Portugal is one of Europe’s best surfing destinations so if you’re a surfer, beginner or professional, make sure you don’t leave Portugal without giving it a go. Ericeira or Nazaré are two cities well-known for their fantastic waves.
One of the things that makes Portugal so unique is its diversity, featuring dreamy beaches, vibrant cities, and breathtaking mountains. Such as Serra da Estrela where, during the Winter months, you can ski down its beautiful hills covered by snow.
The Azores is an archipelago formed by nine wonderful islands. This little paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean features breathtaking landscapes and is a Nature lover’s dream destination that you should add to your bucket list.
See also: 7 Reasons To Visit São Miguel In 2018
Madeira is another charming Portuguese archipelago with breathtaking landscapes that you’ll most likely fall in love with. Madeira’s sister island, Porto Santo, is another reason to visit thanks to its 9 km of fine golden sands.
Walking through the streets of Portugal, you will come across the stunning tiles (called azulejos by the Portuguese) decorating the façades of buildings. Trust us, they help you create beautiful Instagram photos full of color and patterns.
Portugal is a great destination if you’re on a budget. Actually, it is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe, especially considering its value. Whether you are looking for accommodation or food, you can find very good options at a low price.
Lisbon is one of the European capitals of the moment, known for its sunny weather, picturesque neighborhoods, and an impressive history worth discovering. Make sure you discover each of its seven hills and appreciate the beauty of this city stretching along the bank of Tagus river.
Thanks to its picturesque buildings and narrow streets leading you to the Douro River, Porto’s historic center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you embark on a Rabelo boat and take a tour of the over 6 bridges connecting Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.
Portugal knows how to party so it naturally offers a vibrant nightlife. You will find dance clubs and bars open until late where you can drink a cocktail or two and have fun with friends and locals.
Did you know that Portugal is one of the top golf destinations in Europe with award-winning golf courses? That’s right. If you’re a lover of golf, make sure you add this destination to your list.
Fado is a music genre with a nostalgic feeling that is usually accompanied by the Portuguese guitar. Many bars, mainly in towns such as Lisbon or Coimbra, have live concerts where you can have dinner and appreciate its intensity, even if you don’t know the words.
Have you ever visited Portugal?