Bordering Spain to the east and the Atlantic to the west, Portugal is a beautiful and vibrant nation full of rich history and culture. The country’s gorgeous beaches are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and its maritime past continues to influence modern-day Portugal. From Algarve to architecture, Europe’s easternmost country will have you wondering why you never visited sooner, and how quickly you can go back.
With over 1,000 miles of coastline, Portugal is one of the most attractive destinations in the world for those who love the sand, sun, and sea. If you are looking for warm, calm waters, then the Algarve may be the place for you. Located in Portugal’s southernmost region, the Algarve enjoys a Mediterranean climate, making it a great spot for a summer vacation or a winter getaway. If you’re a water sports enthusiast, head north to Nazare, and take on the giant waves of Praia de Norte.
Travel around one of Europe’s most storied nations and experience at least one of the nation’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Museu Nacional do Azulejo, in Lisbon was built in 1509 and is a riveting combination of baroque décor and 17th century architecture.
Lisbon can also offer a little something for the history buffs. Visit the Torre de Belem and learn about the firepower of the St. Sebastian tower, and its defense of the entrance to the Tagus in the 16th century. Step inside and scale the interior of the tower and you’ll experience once-in-a-lifetime views of the Tagus estuary and the western side of Lisbon.
Whether you’re a fan of sun and the sea, or history and heritage, you’ll likely be amazed by all that Portugal has to offer. To round off your European adventure, travel to Portugal’s eastern neighbor to stay in one of our resorts in Costal Del Sol or Barcelona! What are you waiting for?
- Jeronimos Monastery
- Quinta de Regaleira
- Praia de Marinha
- Lisbon Oceanarium