When we plan a holiday we usually consider big and popular countries such as Spain, France, Germany, Italy or the UK. But we definitely underestimate the beauties revealed by countries such as Portugal. Overwhelmed by Spain`s popularity, Portugal regularly gets overlooked by tourists, being dismissed as a summer destination. But the truth is this small country facing the ocean has a million reasons why you should visit it. Here are a couple of them that will reveal the beauties that lay hidden between its borders.
First of all, Portugal`s major cities offer you an unique perspective brought straight from its interesting past. Historical yellow trams are the main tourist attraction due to their intriguing appearance and vintage train. We bet that you will admire them speechless while they go up and down this country`s hills.
A place you must add on your to do list for Portugal is, of course, a visit to Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. You can get there by train and it is only a 40 minute ride from Lisbon. This tiny hilltop will mesmerize you due to its romantic flair and the bundle of history it reveals. Palacio da Pena is a must see in the area because it is one of the best preserved castle in the country.
It is known worldwide that in Portugal you can admire vast alleys and streets designed with cobblestones. It is said that the majority of countries that were influenced by Portugal`s culture, including Rio de Janeiro, feature those intriguing mosaic floors all around their cities. So, here is another reason why you should definitely visit Portugal. It will be like experiencing the life in a multitude of countries from around the world.
If you are looking for the best weather in Europe, this is the place for you. It was scientifically proven that Portugal has the highest number of hours of sunshine in Europe, while its climate is more than pleasant. Its winters are mild, while the hot summers are sweetened by the Atlantic breeze.
Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and you should visit it for a couple of reasons. First of all, this city is famous because of its wines and food, which means here you will benefit from an authentic Portuguese experience. Moreover, the city`s architecture will leave you speechless, while you will be amazed by the friendly locals.
Furthermore, for those of you that enjoy outdoor sports, Portugal provides you one of the most amazing beaches and waves. This means that surf lovers will find their paradise here, while those that enjoy sunbathing will have plenty of sun to bathe in. One of the most popular beaches in this country are Lagos, Tavira and Portimao.
Did you know that this country has a strategic location being the most western country of mainland Europe? This means it is located at the confluence of the European, American and African continents, reason why locals joke and state that Portugal is linked through air to half of the world.