A country renowned for beautiful blue and white Azulejos tiles, big wave surfing, melt-in-your-mouth Pasteis de Nata, worlds-best soccer and eponymous wine; there’s no shortage of things to do, see and discover in Portugal. Take a look at our Portugal travel guide and explore the best of the country with tips from our local hoteliers.
Known for its agreeable climate as well as its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is currently home to more than ten million residents. Not only does this nation offer a host of urban and natural attractions, but it is also considered to be one of the most peaceful countries in the world. This is why our hoteliers recommend a holiday in Portugal if you have been looking to get away from it all while enjoying an unparalleled sense of relaxation.
How to go to Portugal ?
Situated at the tip of south-west Europe, Portugal is connected by road, rail ou air. The first two are reserved for those who like to take time to travel. The others will prefer plane that will allow them to connect the international airports of Porto, Lisbon or Faro. To travel within the country, train and bus networks are well developed, cheap, and allow to reach the most of the lusitanian cities. For more freedom, you can choose to rent a vehicle. Want to discover Lisbon and Porto in a new way ? Our hoteliers will invite you to take the boat for peaceful cruises on the Tagus and Douro.
WHEN TO GO TO PORTUGAL ?
While Portugal can be visited throughout the year, our hoteliers recommend arriving between September and early November. The weather here is still spectacular, and you might even be able to fit in a few days at the beach during your stay. More importantly, the rates associated with flights and accommodations are lower when compared to the peak holiday months of July and August.
Portugal is a rather small European country and yet, you will be amazed at what is in store. What are some of the top attractions, things to do and things to see in Portugal recommended by our hoteliers?
SPEND A DAY TOURING BELEM TOWER
This large medieval fortification is found along the coast and it provides views of a nearby estuary.
View the Romanticist architecture associated with Pena Palace. Located in the capital city of Lisbon, you can also enjoy a number of parks which surround the complex.
Appreciate the Moorish influences still found here by frequenting São Jorge Castle. This castle was originally erected in the 11th century.
PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO
Snap a few pictures of a monumental arch found within the Praça do Comércio plaza. This large square is also home to a host of restaurants.
Portuguese cuisine has always been known for its distinctive flavours as well as its health benefits. Let's look at some of the top restaurants picked by our local hoteliers.
A Casa do Bacalhau
A Casa do Bacalhau is found within the Lisbon city centre and this restaurant is particularly known for its selection of fresh cod.
Largo do Paço
Largo do Paço is a great place to visit if you plan on travelling to the Duoro Valley. Boasting a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes, there is something here for everyone.
Anyone arriving to the Alentejo region should make it a point to frequent L’And Vineyards. Popular dishes include tenderloin pork, red mullet and black sausage pudding.