White sandy beaches, laid-back way of life and a rich history –
Three excellent reasons to travel to Portugal!
In addition to Lisbon and Porto, the favorite destinations in Portugal are mainly beach resorts. However, there are a few historic inland towns attracting some tourists.
The best-known beach destinations are concentrated to Algarve in southern Portugal. The beaches of Algarve are constantly rated among the best in Europe. The destinations of Algarve include, for example, Lagos, Portimao (Praia da Rocha) and Albufeira.
Near Lisbon, there are various types of holiday destinations, such as the coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril, and the fabulous town of Sintra that is famous for its castles and palaces.
Porto in the north of the country has beaches within the city. Close to Porto, there are other nice beach resorts as well, such as Espinho and Vila do Conde. The Douro Valley unfolding from Porto to inland contains different destinations, mainly involving vineyards and cozy towns.
The lush holiday island, Madeira, and the volcanic island group, the Azores, are also Portuguese holiday destinations, which are both located out in the Atlantic Ocean.
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In summer, temperatures vary strongly between different areas of the country. On the northern coast, such as in Porto, temperatures remain between 20-30°C. Only a hundred kilometers towards inland, however, daytime temperatures can easily be 10 degrees higher. Temperatures tend to increase towards the south, both inland and along the coast. However, the inland temperatures will always remain higher than the coastal temperatures, including Algarve in the very south.
Since most holiday destinations of Portugal are located on the coast, they are cooler than, for example, Mediterranean destinations. The temperature of the Atlantic Ocean doesn’t reach that of the Mediterranean, and there’s a cool breeze from the Atlantic towards the coastal towns even when the weather is hot.
Coastal winters are mild with pretty much rain. Daytime temperatures are between 10-20°C.
On average, Portugal is somewhat cheaper than European destinations, except for clothes and shoes, which rank slightly above the European average.
According to statistics, Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists. As always, it’s good to pay attention to basic safety issues, such as protecting yourself against pickpockets.
Map of Portugal
Gate98 destinations in Portugal
The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands, offering a variety of things to see and do in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The lush volcanic nature of the exotic Azores is complemented by relaxing activities and the tranquility of the historic coastal villages in a comfortable subtropical climate.
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The versatile Lisbon is a travel destination that combines exploring the Portuguese capital and a sunny beach vacation. The historical sights of the colorful city, the rhythms of fado and the cobblestone alleys are just a stone's throw away from the white sand beaches.
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Matosinhos is a town in the district of Porto. It is known as the center of surfing in the area and famous for its excellent fish restaurants. The spacious beach of Matosinhos consists of fine and light sand.
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A visit to Porto can be a combination of a city break and a beach holiday; the beaches are situated close to the center. The convenient summer climate on the northern coast guarantees a successful city holiday in one of the coziest cities in Europe.
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Known for its fairytale palaces and castles, Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage destination close to Lisbon. Things to do in Sintra include cooling off in the mountainous palace gardens, exploring waterfalls and relaxing on the wild beaches of the rugged Atlantic coast.
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