A few years ago my husband and I took a road trip from Lisbon, Portugal all through Andalucia, Spain. We only had the chance to spend a couple of nights in Portugal and looking back at our trip now, I wish we would have booked some extra days to explore this beautiful country. Portugal is always a favourite with my clients. They come home and share their stories of the stunning countryside, amazing foods and friendly people.
The southern European country of Portugal certainly doesn’t lack in natural or architectural beauty. There’s a never-ending number of things to do and see. So, where should you even begin? Here are some of my top recommendations for visiting this magnificent country for your first time.
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is full of vibrant culture, historical sights, and friendly natives. Also, Lisbon is an ideal place in the nation to take delight in authentic Portuguese cuisine and to enjoy live entertainment. Lisbon is known for its traditional Fado performances. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to some of the best Portuguese folk music!
One of the most phenomenal Gothic churches in all of Europe. The church preserve is protected as a World Heritage Monument due to its significance. As you enter the grand doors of the church, you’ll immediately take notice to all of its architectural details and picturesque 16th Century stained glass windows.
Home to the most prestigious university in Portugal, Coimbra has all the fun and personality of Lisbon while being a much smaller city. Did you know that the University of Coimbra was the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts? Once the capital of Portugal this central Portuguese should be on your list of places to check out.
The coastline of Portugal provides some of the most stunning beaches you’ll ever see. Don’t shy away, take a break from your explorations to relax on the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream. Some of the most popular beaches are in the Algarve region, Sagres, Aveiro, and the Praia da Adraga.
The Abbey of Santa Maria
As Europe’s most significant building of the Cistercian order, wander through this historical site for hours if you wish. There certainly is a lot to see, including a monastery, seven dormitories, the library, the kitchen, and, stunning the church.
Home to Port wine and the Douro River, the city boasts a fascinating history, interesting tourist attractions, and buzzing nightlife. Porto is quickly becoming one of Europe’s destination hot spots. Walk the cobble stone streets exploring this unforgettable coastal city.
Thinking about crossing Portugal off your bucket list? Let’s start planning your 2021/22 adventure! I promise you’ll be amazed by the nation’s delicious food options and breathtaking sights! Hit the yellow button below to request a callback.