Explored Europe but never thought about venturing into Portugal? Well, this well definitely change your mind! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a traveler in love with nature, or fun-loving individual out to explore new and exciting things, Portugal will not disappoint.
- The history
Portugal’s rich and interesting history is a primary reason for you to visit the country this year. The Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians left their mark on the country. For example, the 15th-century town of Angra do Heroismo, which is still inhabited today, once served as a place of exile for Almeida Garret and a refuge for Queen Maria II of Portugal from 1830 to 1833. Angra do Heroismo is also home to the 400-year-old San Sebastião and the San JoãoBaptista fortifications – 2 exquisite military architectures.
- The people and the culture
The people of Portugal are proud of their roots and have created a number of annual cultural festivals that are much anticipated by citizens. During these festivals, the Portuguese take part in retelling their history and come together as a community.
The Portuguese are known for their warm, lively and welcoming demeanor and they will try hard to make you feel at home so make sure to make a friend or two!
- The beaches
Portugal is home to some of the world’s best beaches.However, it is the country’s diversity of beaches that will leave you in awe. Go to Costa Vicentina for wild waves, take a stroll on the dark sands of Azores or lay down your towel on the white sands of Algarve – Wherever you decide to go, you will be left speechless.
- The landscapes
Portugal’s natural wonders and landscapes are spectacular. From lush green mountains to volcanic islands that offer gorgeous formations such as caves and mountains can be spotted almost everywhere you turn.
- Portuguese food is authentic, delicious, and simple. Treat your taste buds to flavorful local dishes that have been perfected from one generation to the next. While the country is famous for its scrumptious seafood, vegetarian dishes are equally as savory!
Portugal is also known for its delicious wines and it is essential to try some home-made wine during your visit!
- The buzzing nightlight
The nightlife in Portugal extraordinary. Dance the night away in numerous nightclubs, go out for the night at bustling bars or head to the Bairro Alto neighborhood where you can drink and dance on the streets!
Jim Taylor is a photographer and wannabe world traveler. He loves to write about past and future journeys, with a focus on things you shouldn’t miss when visiting particular destination. Jim is also a father, beloved husband and passionate hiker.