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Portugal Travel Guide 2021

White washed villages, hilltop castles, rickety trams and fairytale beaches, all with an Atlantic sea-salt tang

Best Algarve Beaches Image of rock arches on Praia do Camilo beach Lagos Algarve

22 Best Beaches in the Algarve

The Algarve region has many of the best beaches in Portugal. Algarve occupies the Portugal south coast and its south-western corner, a stunning section of Atlantic coastline….
Image of village street at dusk Monsaraz Portugal

Monsaraz in Photos

Monsaraz Portugal is one of the most beautiful villages we’ve visited in the country, even all of Europe One of the narrow travessas, or alleyways, of Monsaraz It’s a tiny…
Costa Vicentina Algarve Image of Praia do Amado beach

Costa Vicentina, Portugal

The Costa Vicentina Algarve is the wild west of Portugal, with some of its most dramatic beaches and coastal scenery, and some of the best places to surf in Portugal. It is one of the …

Portugal 10 day itinerary Image of Monsaraz Castle

10 Day Portugal Itinerary | Quaint Villages & Spectacular Beaches

Thinking of spending 10 days in Portugal?   There’s such a bewildering range of places to visit in Portugal, so where do you start? …  read more
Thigs to do in Belem Lisbon Image of the Monument to the Discoveries at night

10 Best things to do in Belem - The Perfect Day Trip from Lisbon

Belem Lisbon is a fascinating place to visit. It’s a suburb next to the river Tagus (Rio Tejo) with three of the best sights in Lisbon … read more
Things to do in Lagos Portugal Praia Dona Ana beach

12 Wonderful Things to do and See in Lagos Portugal

The resort town of Lagos is one of the best places to stay in the Algarve, the south coast of Portugal. Lagos has a fine historic …  read more 
Best Views in Lisbon Image of Lisbon at dusk from Nossa Senhora do Monte viewpoint

Where to Find The Best Views in Lisbon

The Lisbon miradouros are a series of terraces in the city offering spectacular views across Lisbon. The chances are that …  read more 
Lagos Portugal Beaches Image of Praia Dona Ana beach

8 Best Lagos Beaches to Visit

Once voted the best beach in the world, Praia Dona Ana The Lagos Portugal beaches, especially those around the Ponta ….  read more
Image of cork trees in Alentejo region on road trip Portugal

Portugal Road Trip Alentejo

When planning our Portugal road trip Alentejo – the region covering much of the south and east of the country – was top of our list …

Image of the Roman Templo de Diana in Evora at night

The Best Things to do in Evora Portugal

Evora, Portugal is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. Many visitors head for the more obvious Portugal sights, overlooking this enchanting city. As it’s only two hours…
Chapel of Bones Evora Image of skulls in the Chapel of Bones

Visiting the Quirky Chapel of Bones

The Chapel of Bones Evora is one of the most unusual things to see in Portugal. It’s a chapel decorated entirely with human bones, including skulls, tibias and femurs. It’s…
Things to do in Albufeira Image of traditional painted fishing boat on beach in Albufeira

Things to do in Albufeira Portugal

There are so many things to do in Albufeira, the Algarve’s biggest resort and party capital. It’s the first major resort to the west of Faro and the main Algarve…

 Occupying most of the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has a very different feel to its neighbour Spain. Whereas much of Spain belongs to the Mediterranean, Portugal is more influenced by the Atlantic.

Its south-westernmost point, Cape St Vincent, was believed by the Romans to be the end of the Earth, and parts of the coast, especially the surrounding Costa Vicentina, have a remote, undiscovered feel.

Further to the north, the coast has some of the best surfing beaches in Europe, such as at Nazare, and to the west, the Algarve is blessed with dramatic beaches and rock formations like fairy chimneys, sea arches and stacks abundant.

The country’s two biggest cities, Lisbon and Porto, are worth the journey alone, both built on steep hills overlooking great rivers, they both have their own unique quirky charm.

 

The rest of the country is less explored but has plenty to lure you. We have fallen in love with some of the beautiful old whitewashed towns like Obidos and Monsaraz, and seen spectacular castles from the exotic fantasy of the Palacio da Pena at Sintra to the border sentinel of Marvao, looking out from its mountain eyrie over the flat plain of Spain below.

 

Portugal’s food is a real treat, with seafood (especially variants of bacalhau, salted cod) prevalent along the coast and heartier meat dishes more common in the mountains and inland.