It took us 25 years to finally visit Portugal – if only we knew earlier what we were missing! This paradise on the Iberian peninsula is perhaps the best all-round destination in Europe. If you think that is a bold claim, let us tell you why we are certain that you will soon agree.
From great weather and stunning beaches, to culture soaked cities and exquisite local cuisine – Portugal has something to offer everyone. You can fly to Portugal in under 3 hours from the UK and have a fantastic range of beautiful and reasonably-priced destinations to choose from. Whether it is exploring the capital of Lisbon, to sampling port by the Douro River in Porto or relaxing on the stunning Algarve coastline, we can practically guarantee that you will have an incredible trip. It was our last trip before lockdown and we can’t wait to go back!
“A Tram in Lisbon”
“The View from the Castelo de São Jorge”
Currency – Euro.
Best Time to Visit – Portugal is a wonderful destination all year round but for a truly special trip, we would recommend travelling anytime between April and June. You’ll get fantastic weather but avoid the worst of the summer crowds.
Accommodation – Portugal has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. From cute Airbnbs in the Bairra Alto district of Lisbon to fantastic mid-range hotels like the House Ribeira in Porto. For a taste of luxury, why not check in to the Maison Albar Monumental Palace in Porto which is easily one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.
Food – If there is a reason to keep going back to Portugal, it’s the food. We have had some of the best food we have ever tasted during our trips to Portugal. There also so many local delicacies to try but we would recommend the Balcalhau (salt cod), the original Pasteis de Belem (custard tarts) and the Francesinha (a sandwich that needs to be seen to be believed). Portugal also has a good range of affordable restaurants that don’t skimp on the quality. Our particular favourite was the Cantinho do Avillez in Porto which was simply one of the best meals we have had in a very long time.
Transport – we have always found the public transport system in Portugal very easy to use and definitely worth using if you want to explore your destination. It was quick and easy to use to get from the airport into the city centre in both Lisbon and Porto and we loved taking the tram out to Belem during our trip to Lisbon. Check out the incredible cable car in Porto too!
How much will it cost me – Portugal is a great mid-range option for travellers in Europe who are looking for affordable luxury. It is not quite as cheap as Hungary or the Czech Republic but it is definitely cheaper than the UK or France! You can expect to pay between €30-50 for a nice two-course meal for two and €2-3 for a pint of local beer.
Any Portuguese town looks like a bride‘s finery – something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
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