8 reasons why Portugal is the place to go right now
Portugal is a trendy tourist destination right now. Algarve has been one for decades, but it seems the country as a whole is now taking advantage of what it has to offer. Check 8 reasons why people from all over the world (not only Europe) is flocking to Portugal right now.
The country is not only home to Port wines but is also a high-quality wine producer. After a massive, strategic improvement in the wine-making industry over the last two decades, Portuguese wines can easily compete with Italian or French ones. You’ll find this out at any restaurant or supermarket.
Lisbon and Porto (seems British are starting to ditch the old “Oporto” adaptation) are ancient, well-preserved cities with excellent monuments, restaurants, bars and sights “at each corner”, as Portuguese say. Low-cost flights help the trend.
And then you have hidden gems like Coimbra, Guimarães, Sintra, Braga, Tavira, Évora and many more.
Western Europe quality standards and charming, with Eastern European prices. This is the Telegraph has described Portugal; it’s especially valuable in a time when the pound is being hit by Brexit effects.
Azores: Hawaii of Europe
Nine quiet and charming islands in the mid-ocean, with a temperate, stable climate all year round. You can surf, hike, eat, drink, watch whales and so much more. Some are calling it the Hawaii of Europe.
Madeira: a classic
The sub-tropical island has a beautiful, cosmopolitan capital in Funchal and lovely hikes and sights throughout its territory. But then you could fly to neighbouring Porto Santo and find a 9 kilometre-long beach.
Speaking of beaches, here you can surf high waves, bring your kids to safe waters, search for seaside nature, hike and more. There are almost 900 km of shore, from the Algarve to the north and the islands, and you can choose whatever you enjoy more.
In fact, the thing about Portugal is that you have tourist secrets everywhere. Porto has the bookshop that inspired the Hogwarts library of Harry Potter. And Coimbra has the student garments that inspired Potter’s own. Tagus river has a medieval castle on an island. Alentejo has a chapel decorated with bones and the biggest artificial lake in Europe. Porto is great all year, but the Saint John’s celebrations (23rd to 24th June) are incredible. Braga has a cathedral older than Portugal, and a football stadium carved out of a rock. There are celt Carnival celebrations in Trás-os-Montes, the “schist villages” in Central Portugal, regional delicacies to taste and drink almost everywhere.
Check one of the Algarves many hidden hot spots on our youtube channel here – ALGAR SECO CARVOEIRO
Security and stability
The American TV series “Modern Family” staged a joke about Portugal in season 7, episode 18. The two teenager characters, Luke and Manny, were discussing the odds of hanging out with some beautiful European students. Luke said: “those girls don’t respect weak, little nerds. They’ve lived through wars”. But Manny replies: “They’re from Portugal.” A peaceful country where nothing wrong happens: this is what Portugal means to Americans, currently. No wonder European tourists and travellers feel the same.