It isn’t hard to understand why Portugal is such a popular destination, not only to Brits but with tourists from all over Europe. It is home to some of the best beaches in Europe with it’s rocky coastline and fabulous golden sands. It has some excellent architecturally and historic cities and if you love food and wine then it has some fabulous bars and restaurants making this a perfect place to come on holiday. Despite it being very popular, the great thing about Portugal is that it doesn’t seem to get too overcrowded in high season, very busy like you would expect but not suffocating like some countries get around August time.
Accommodation – you will be pleased to know that prices in Portugal are very affordable and hotels are of high quality. A typical room will cost around 30 euros for a great value apartment like the club praia da oura.
Food – there is such a wide choice of places to eat here, if you are looking for a light lunch,meals and sandwiches start around 7 EUR, and fast food for around the the same price. Evening meals with drinks are reasonably priced at around 18 EUR. Like with anywhere there are always places that offer a good bargain but if you are staying in a villa or a self catering apartment and want to do a spot of cooking yourself then a week’s worth of food will cost around 36 EUR.
Transportation – You can grab a taxi for approximately 12 EUR which is fairly expensive and you will often find that they have add on fees for any luggage and airport pick-ups. If you prefer to travel a little cheaper then you can obtain city metro ticket from 1.50 EUR and inter-country trains and buses are inexpensive too.
Places to visit
Lisbon – the capital city is a fantastic place to visit as it has lots of history to explore and you will get the chance to meet the locals who are so friendly and welcoming. One of the great things about this city is that it is fairly compact which makes it easier to get around and see everything.
Batalha – is a church monument built in 1388 and is protected as a World Heritage site. As you walk through the huge, gothic doorways you will be greeted by amazing 16th century stained glass windows and 7 impressive chapels to explore.
Abbey of Santa Maria – is Europe’s largest building of the Cistercian order. You can explore the abbey at your own leisure and discover the different parts of the building including cloisters, dormitories, a library, and huge kitchen.
Azores islands – these small nine islands lie about 930 miles from Lisbon which is about a two hour flight away in the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the islands are tranquil with a slow-paced way of life, stunning wildlife, and beautiful beaches.
Braga – this wonderful city is home to many Baroque monuments including one of the country’s well known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The old and the new city are connected by the main square, Praça da Republica.
Lagos – is the party town of Portugal which is located in the Algarve and is very popular with the younger tourists in the summer months. With plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from you will also find some beautiful beaches to soak up the sun and relax your troubles away.
Cape Sagres – is the most southwestern point of the European continent so by visiting here you can say you have stood literally on the edge of Europe.