Particularly, I think that every person who plans the first trip to Europe should choose to visit Portugal first, a country with easy communication, great tourist and historical attractions, fantastic cuisine, fair travel costs, compared to other countries in Europe.
I’m just in love with Portugal !!!
Yes, but when to go? How long to stay? Where to stay? What to do? There are so many questions and questions that make me, I decided to prepare several posts for you, with as much information as possible.
In today’s post, I’ll be more generalist, writing about Travel Tips in Portugal. Let’s get started!
How to travel to Portugal:
There is no season that is not recommended to travel to Portugal. Throughout the year, Portugal delights! There are colder periods, between late November and February, and more pleasant periods in terms of climate, from March to October.
The months of June to August, besides being summer, with a climate around 30 degrees, is also the period of high season, that is, more crowded.
Which cities you can not miss visiting in Portugal:
Lisbon – The Portuguese capital and the largest city in the country. From Lisbon, the ships went out to the “New World”. The city has great cultural and historical importance. It serves as a base for visits to the cities of Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Évora and even Óbidos. To read a post about the district of Belém, click Here.
Fátima – Fatima, the sacred heart of Portugal, is 100 km from Lisbon and is a must-stop for all Catholics. There are 6 million visitors each year, among religious and just curious. Ideal for a stop of approximately 2 hours, during the trip between the cities of Porto and Lisbon.
Coimbra – It is in Coimbra, just 90 km from Lisbon, which is the most famous university in Portugal, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, strategically located at the top of the city, in a privileged view to the river Mondego.
Porto – The type of city to fall in love at first sight, especially for lovers of good Portuguese wine. The neighbourhood Ribeira is considered a heritage of humanity, and it is there that you will reveal the essence of the local culture. It is in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the banks of the Douro, that the wineries keep in their warehouses the barrels with the most valuable product of the region, the Port. A city that I recommend staying for 3 nights.
Évora – This city is the capital of the Alentejo, and an important university city. There is the perfect combination of cuisine, such as the Fialho restaurant, and the region’s wines, as my favourite Pear Manca. Although Évora is only 130 km away from Lisbon, approximately 1h 30min by car, and can be visited from a roundabout in Lisbon, for me, the perfect program is to stay overnight, preferably in the famous Pousada dos Loios.
Sintra – The stunning Sintra, is only 33 km from Lisbon, great for a bum. Between woods, mountains and gorges, the city boast the National Palace of Pena, which served with summer residence of the Portuguese court. There is also the old Moorish Castle, with 9th-century walls and a breathtaking view. Click Here to read a super special post about Sintra that I prepared
Óbidos – A beautiful medieval town, with history as beautiful as the place. In my opinion, one of the most charming and preserved in Portugal. Just 80km from Lisbon, approximately 1 hour by car, it is ideal for a full-day visit or even overnight in “Pousada Castelo de Óbidos”, and enjoy the shops, art galleries and countless restaurants in the area.
Not that Portugal only has these interesting cities, by any chance, but those for me, are the must-see!