Updated: Nov 13
While there are many European countries to visit, there are very few as unique as Portugal. This breathtaking country sits on the edge of Spain and offers every traveler an experience they will not forget. Many world explorers tend to overlook Portugal, but it is time that we add it as one of our must travel destinations.
When you think about Portugal, what is your first thought? Is it salty fish, blue water, and soccer? While these are all parts of Portuguese culture, it has so much more to discover and enjoy while visiting. Did you know that Portugal is considered the most peaceful country in Europe or that it is the world's largest manufacturer of cork? While there are tons of amazing facts to learn, there are also great places to visit while you are there, including Lisbon and the other great cities that it has to offer.
The first place you want to check out in Lisbon is Alfama. This picture-perfect area is full of cobblestone homes, shops, and eateries that any tourist can enjoy. It is also a great place to experience a traditional Fado club. Many of the buildings are still the original architecture. Alfama is home to St. George's Castle, Sé Cathedral, and Feira de Ladra. This beautiful city also has plenty of street art to enjoy. You could spend an entire day simply walking around, taking in the local portraits and visuals. This site is the perfect way to spend a day in Portugal.
Sinatra is another excellent place to spend a day. This city is so marveled that great British poets, such as Lord Byron, have written about it. The town is outlined with astonishing beautiful rolling hills that are covered in many different types of vegetation. A scene straight out of a storybook. The key attraction here is the National Palace of Pena, a romance resort for Queen Maria II. Once you are finished with this castle, you can make your way to one of the remarkable palaces that call Sinatra home. The best part is that the entire city is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While there you should visit another wonderful seaside town, Cascais. This town is an old finishing town with plenty to offer a traveler. You can visit forts that helped stop pirate attacks! You can also explore places where great leaders would come to vacation. Today it is lined with luxurious resorts that offer the ideal beach experience. Luckily for you, most of the adventure in this town is free or inexpensive.
The last place to enjoy is the historic waterfront Belém. This town is home to some of Lisbon's most important monuments and museums, including the famous Jerónimos Monastery. This building is a massive tower that looks like it is floating on the Tagus River. A traveler can also enjoy the Discoveries Monument while in Belém. This Monument creates a vivid, powerful picture of what the Age of Discoveries looked like when it happened. The town also offers quiet walks around the river and communities. Do not forget to stop and grab a pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tart pastry), one of the best eats in the entire country, and one of the only places to get them is Belém.
Portugal is the perfect place to enjoy a vacation. This small and peaceful country offers plenty of history, water, and great cities that any traveler can enjoy. It is an inexpensive destination that truly offers something for everyone. If you are ready to discover beautiful Portuguese cities, book a consultation today.