PORTUGAL

Portugal’s combination of amazing beaches, dramatic architecture and fine cuisine has kept it firmly on the top holiday map for decades. Located in the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has rich, unique culture, plenty of colourful cities and beautiful countryside with breath-taking views.

But if all that wasn’t enough for you, the country also has great weather throughout the year, in fact, it has one of the warmest winters of any metropolis in Europe, and happens to be the THE surfing capital of the continent, with Peniche hosting one of the World Surf League legs every October.

Where to go and what to do

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, also known as the city of the seven hills, has become an increasingly popular place to visit in recent years. It features an amazing mix of traditional architecture, quirky lil’ alleyways, contemporary culture and street art.

If you don’t have many days to explore, don’t worry; you can easily discover this gem even in a few days.

 

Start your city adventure at Praça do Comércio, and enjoy the Arco da Rua Augusta and the Santa Justa lift. Take a short walk to Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest and most picturesque district. Get lost amongst the prettiest cute lil’ streets, grab a coffee and enjoy the most amazing pastries Lisbon has to offer.

Finish your day at Castelo Sao Jorge, enjoy the city views and maybe sunset from this majestic and strategic view point.

A quick tram ride to the west of Lisbon will also take you to Belem, where you can explore attractions like the Belem Tower and the Monastery of Jeronimos.

Another fun tram trip will take you back to the centre where you can visit LX Factory area, a cool and trendy spot full of shops and rooftop bars. Enjoy the views of Cristo do Rei and Ponte 25 de Abril from “Rio Maravilha” while chilling with a cold drink.

Another must go to spot while in Portugal is Sintra, the picturesque Portuguese town that is set amongst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. This old town features one of the most stunning palaces you will ever see: the colourful Pena Palace. Only a few minutes away from the main palace you will also find Castelo dos Mouros, a hilltop medieval castle that will make you feel you are part of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones!

 

Last but not least, visit the indescribably beautiful coastline of Sintra, where you will find spots such as Cabo da Roca, Adraga Beach, Praia Grande, and maybe finish with the stunning views from Praia da Ursa, considered the most beautiful and untouched beach in Portugal.

Useful tips

If you are going in summer, be up early, Portugal is hilly and gets pretty hot from 11am onwards.

If in doubt, ask the locals, they are very friendly and always willing to help.

Uber works perfectly fine here as in most European destinations.

 

So what are you waiting for? Portugal is calling! 

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