Portugal has beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines, delicious food, and vibrant, colorful cities. Throw in great weather and it’s no surprise it was voted the latest “best destination in the world” at the World Travel Awards. Portugal may not feature on as many European itineraries, due to its location on the edge of Europe, but it will more than reward you if you make the effort to visit. The food is amazing, the scenery is beautiful and the cities are exciting and full of life.
Head to Cascais: The most popular beach town near Lisbon, for some shopping and beach time. This popular destination is famous for its charming city center,
Alfama: It is one of those places where all you need to do is wandering around, at your own pace.with pretty, pastel-colored buildings, and its coastline.
Sintra: The most famous is the Palácio Nacional da Pena, a romantic and quite eccentric castle that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. This castle is so weird that visiting it was definitely one of the most fun things to do in Sintra for me. It looks like a kid went and designed it!
Cabo da Roca: Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point in mainland Europe and it really feels like it’s the end of the world. There’s not much there but a lighthouse, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop but the rocky and wild landscape are totally worth the diversion.
The Algarve: The Algarve may have less than 500,000 inhabitants but it welcomes over 4 million tourists every year. And it’s no surprise with an untold number of sandy coves surrounded by soaring cliffs and whitewashed villages! Taking a road trip on the Algarve is a fantastic way to see many of the top spots, and discover a few lesser-known ones in between.
Vicentina Coast: The Vicentina Coast in Alentejo is one of the most spectacular areas in Portugal. The scenery here is truly breathtaking; rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, unspoiled beaches, clear blue water on one side and endless fields of wildflowers on the other.