Portuguese tourism has greatly increased in recent years. Portugal has a bit of everything. It has a rich history, diverse landscapes, innovative art, amazing landscapes, beaches and a fantastic time. Many airlines fly to Lisbon, Porto and Faro (Algarve). There are no excuses not to book your trip.
5 PLACES YOU CAN’T MISS!
Lisbon is a stunning city. It is the Portuguese capital but also one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Lisbon blends progress with history in a balanced way. If you have chosen Lisbon as a holiday destination then know that the city has a rich history, a huge nightlife and a unique climate for almost every month of the year.
Lisbon’s Historic Neighborhoods
Alfama and Mouraria are two of the neighborhoods that best represent old Lisbon. In these typical Lisbon places, you can taste Portuguese cuisine, listen to Fado and see a “typical Portuguese”.
Tip: Wear sports shoes to comfortably go up and down the streets of these neighborhoods.
Praça do Comércio – Commerce Square
“Praça do comércio” is also known as Terreiro do Paço. A huge square where much of Portuguese history took place (1755 earthquake, death of the king in 1908 and the revolution of 25 April 1974).
The Lisbon Cathedral is the oldest church in the city. It was built in the 12th century after the conquest of Lisbon from the Moors. The 1755 earthquake destroyed an important part of the sea. It was later rebuilt (early 20th century).
It is a place in Lisbon where great Portuguese personalities are buried, such as Amália, Eusébio or Humberto Delgado.
This monument is in the historic center of the city and is in ruins as a result of the great earthquake of 1755. Gothic building where you can still find the archaeological museum of Carmo. In this museum you will find pieces ranging from prehistoric to modern times.
St. Vincent de Fora Monastery
Monument built between the 16th and 17th centuries (spanish government). It is an example of the mannerist style in Portugal although it also has some gothic and baroque features. The famous Portuguese tiles can also be seen inside this Lisboeta monument. This monument replaced another older monument (with the same name) that was built by Dom Afonso Henriques (first king of Portugal).
You only have to travel (by car) 1 hour and 15 minutes to check out the biggest waves in the world. Nowadays, this small town is world-renown for it’s record-breaking sized waves, which can be seen (and surfed by professionals) between November and February. If you haven’t heard about this place yet, take a look at the video below.
If you like beaches, surfing and breath-taking landscapes you can’t miss this recommendation. Costa Vinzentina starts in the Alentejo region and ends in Algarve. Along the coastline there are dozens of beaches, cheap accommodation (including hotels) and cheap food, of course. You can’t miss it!
On the Vincentina coast you can not miss the following beaches:
Praia da Galé
Despite being a guarded beach and having good access, Praia da Galé is still little known.
How to get there: Motorway A2 »» Exit at Grândola »» Take the IP8 »Take the Melides» »Take the IC33. At N261 turn at the first intersection for Sobreiras Altas / Fontainhas.
Praia da Aberta Nova
Praia da Aberta Nova ceased to be the desert paradise of the past. But it is still far from the crowds of the Algarve in high season. Of course there are also advantages: awnings, parasols, beach bar and ice cream!
Indicações: Tudo igual à Galé, mas na N261, vire à direita assim que chegar ao cruzamento com o restaurante Tia Rosa (excelente pato no forno). Depois à esquerda, na seta para a praia.
Directions: Everything is the same as Galé. However, on the N261, turn right once you reach the intersection with the Tia Rosa restaurant.
Praia da Vigia
Praia da Vigia for those who live there. Beach of the cemetery for those who discovered it a few years ago (to get there you need to find the entrance that indicates cemetery outside Melides). It is one of the last wild beaches of the Alentejo coast. It has a transparent sea and a great beach.
How to get there: On EN261 (from Comporta), take the road that indicates the cemetery and go straight on until the dune appears ahead. Cross it. Enjoy!
Praia de Melides
It is an excellent beach. It has several parking spaces and a nice restaurant.
HOW TO GET THERE: On the EN261 (heading south) take the tar road (indicates Melides Beach).
Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal. It’s only 3 hours away by car from Lisbon and 300km in distance from the capital. A beautiful city full of history, monuments and it goes without saying… excellent cuisine too!
The Azores islands part of Portugal and are only 3 hours by plane from Lisbon. Stunningly beautiful, affordable and full of nice Portuguese people. All islands in the Azores are great but if we had to recommend just one to you the island we would pick is São Miguel; the best option for a first-time visit to this magical place. If you are already learning Portuguese, you should know that the accent on these islands is so strong that even Portuguese people from Lisbon need subtitles to understand “açoreanos” on television.
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