Whether you’re a foodie or an adventure-seeker, want to lay on the beach or explore historic sights, Portugal has something for everyone.
After years under the travel radar, Portugal is finally earning some well-deserved recognition. With picturesque villages nestled in green hills, vibrant cities and mouth-watering food, it’s not hard to see why. Cruise along Portugal’s extensive coast and you’ll find quaint fishing villages where time seems to have stood still and endless golden beaches tailor-made for surfing. Whether you want to explore the caves and waves along the sunny Algarve coast, feast on grilled sardines and custard tarts in Lisbon or sip port in the Douro Valley, Portugal will more than satisfy your Euro summer holiday craving.
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Highlights of Portugal
Discover Lisbon’s pretty streets
Hilly and compact, Lisbon is a picturesque maze of cobbled streets, stairs and pastel-coloured buildings. Quaint shops decorated with Portugal’s famous azulejos tiles, laidback wine bars and galleries are all within easy reach. Wash down a plate of grilled sardines with a drop of Ginjinha (cherry liqueur) or tour the sites on tram 28 for the quintessential Lisbon experience.
Explore the Algarve’s caves and coast
Portugal’s southern coast is no secret – Europeans have been flocking to its golden beaches to sun and surf for years. The Atlantic Ocean has carved some pretty spectacular caves into towering limestone cliffs just off the coast. Drop anchor to tour the caves, then explore some of the region’s lesser-known attractions like the gorgeous wetlands of Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Uncover the past in Coimbra
While not as well-known as Oxford or Cambridge, Coimbra is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities and a glorious past, a former playground of kings. Climb Alcacova hill to get to Coimbra’s historic heart where Roman relics, medieval covenants and cathedrals all reside. Perched on top of the hill is the city’s crowning glory – the University of Coimbra and its baroque library.
Excursions and Experiences
- Spot flamingos and other fascinating wildlife on a boat tour through the wetlands of Ria Formosa Natural Park.
- No visit to the Algarve coast is complete without a trip to the caves. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins while touring the limestone caves near Carvoeiro beach.
- Ponder windows to the past exploring the awesome Moorish castle complex at Silves.
- Tour the old town of Lagos, the walled cobblestoned city blending history and coastal scenery to dazzling effect.