1. The Azores Islands
The archipelago of the Azores Islands consists of nine volcanic islands far out in the Atlantic Ocean. People fall in love with the hot springs, oceanic waves, and untouched scenic beauty of this fabulous place. You’ll find out that each island has its own unique identity. For example, Pico Island is known for having the highest mountain in Portugal while São Miguel, the largest island, is known as “the Green Island” due to its breathtaking natural landscape. If you’re a nature lover who loves to explore, this place is a mandatory addition to your summer bucket list!
2. Marinha Beach, Algarve
The Algarve is one of the most famous regions in Portugal, if not the most famous one, and justifiably so. It boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
One such beach is Praia da Marinha or Marinha Beach in English. It is situated between Portimão and Albufeira and is considered by many as a paradise on Earth. With its exceptionally calm waters, striking rock formations along the shore and mysterious caves that you can navigate via boat trip, this beach remind us of such movies like “The Blue Lagoon.” Without a doubt, it is a magical place that you won’t want to leave.
3. Douro Valley
If you love wine, then our next destination is going to top your travel list. Douro Valley is one of the most stunning wine valleys out there. It’s believed to be the oldest demarcated wine region in the world! The Douro has been a trendy summer destination for some years now and is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is so much you can do in the Douro region. There are traditional visits or wine tours to get to know some of the best wineries and vineyards in Portugal; you can take a cruise down the Douro River, discover the delicious gastronomy along the way; or relaxing by the pool at a restored wine farm while enjoying these breathtaking views. The possibilities here are endless.
4. Albufeira, Algarve
Albufeira in Algarve was one of the last Moorish towns in Southern Portugal to fall into the hands of Christians in the 13th century. This coastal city nearly faded away into history until it was rediscovered in the 1960s as a great place to get away for a beach vacation. In Albufeira, you’ll find numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants making it a fun place for party-goers who enjoy late dancing nights and lazy lounging days.
The beach town as Praia dos Pescadores. To this day it still hosts fishermen bringing in their catch of the day. Whether you embark on a boat to fish or dive, also popular in this area, This picturesque place will remain a place to return to as a popular and fun resort town.
This subtropical archipelago has caught the trend for being one of the trendiest destinations in Portugal for mountain hiking, warm seaside days, and exotic food. It’s also the birthplace of the best soccer player in the entire world: Cristiano Ronaldo.
If you’re a beach enthusiast, Porto Santo is where you’ll find one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Portugal. Other landmarks in Madeira and the smaller islands include the house that once belonged to Christopher Columbus, the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum (called Museu CR7), and the Madeira Wine Museum.
Charming as it is, if you have the chance do not miss a visit to Aveiro, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Portugal. Known as “the Venice of Portugal” Aveiro is popular for its excellent architectural monuments and artifacts that can be explored via a canal.
In this city, you will be immersed in the Portuguese culture from captivating beaches, charismatic historical sites, delicious cuisine, architectural bridges, and speedboats.
The Alentejo region of Portugal, like Algarve, is quickly growing in popularity as it boasts a superb blend of heritage and landscape. Come here to experience the trip of a lifetime and restore the energy of your soul.
Évora is the capital of this Portuguese south-central region. This city has one of the most intriguing monuments from ancient European history. In the city’s historic center you’ll find the ancient Roman Temple of Évora (also called the Temple of Diana). Nearby, whitewashed houses surround the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. The Igreja de São Francisco features Gothic and baroque architecture along with the skeleton-adorned Chapel of Bone. A must-visit for a history lover!
8. Lagos, Algarve
Lagos is an ancient maritime city, situated on Algarve’s breezy southwestern coast. The city is just as famous for its picturesque beaches as it is for its rich history. Sandy coves framed by rock formations make Lagos an idyllic destination for sun-lovers seeking solitude. If you love swimming and windsurfing you’ll find its beaches perfect for you.
The rich history of Lagos is visible in its impressive historical constructions, such as the 18th-century Church of Santo António and the Governadores Castle. With its 15th-century walls and cobbled streets, the Old Town quarter is also absolutely lovely to get lost in!
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9. Peneda-Gerês National Park
Peneda-Gerês National Park in the north of Portugal right near the Spanish border is a mountain-lovers paradise. This National Park is truly unique with views around every corner, sunsets that will burn into your memory, freshwater cascades to swim in, and wild horses running freely on the horizon.
If you want adventure in your travels then look no further. Here, you’ll find all kinds of great activities like climbing and rafting. You can also walk the trails, which include an ancient Roman road studded path with milestones. Start to dive in with a listen here to the sounds of the Peneda-Gerês National Park!
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