6 Reasons to Visit Portugal This Year

Portugal is a popular holiday destination for all types of travellers. Families, romantic couples, history buffs, and solo explorers visit the country for a variety of reasons. There’s something for everyone whether you want to spend the morning surfing, ski down snowy slopes in the afternoon, or spend your evenings wining and dining the night away you’re not going to be disappointed with all that Portugal has to offer. To narrow things down even further, here are six great reasons why you need to book your next holiday to Portugal right away.

1. History

Portugal has a long and interesting history with power struggles and invasions helping to make the country what it is today. The first King of Portugal came to power in 1143 when he defeated forces led by his mother. If exploring castles is your idea of heaven there are centuries old castles and historical sites all over the country.

2. Stunning Beaches

Just a couple of years ago, Portugal was awarded a higher percentage of Blue Flag beaches than any other country in Europe. If you’re considering enjoying one of the many holidays in Algarve options, there are more than 86 awarded beaches to choose from, many of which are located around the popular resort of Albufeira.

3. Cuisine

Whether you’re looking for an affordable eatery or want to push the boat out and treat yourself to some Michelin-Starred cuisine, Portugal has lots to offer. Portuguese cuisine is not something that gets talked about a lot, but maybe that’s because the locals like to keep it a secret. You’ll find some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted along with unique dishes such as grilled fish and meat, stews and casseroles and not forgetting salted codfish.

4. Wine

Port Wine is the most famous Portuguese wine of all, but there are plenty more good wines worth tasting when you visit the country on your travels. A Vinho Verde, for example, is rapidly becoming a very popular summer wine.

5. Culture

Summer in Portugal is the time for festivals, and there are lots to choose from, all of which are fun. In the university towns on Coimbra and Evora, for example, the festivities get underway with the marking of the end of the academic year. In June, there are numerous saint’s days with accompanying street festivals. Some of Europe’s top music festivals are also held in Portugal including the Sintra classical music festival in May and the NOS Alive rock festival held in July.

6. The People

The Portuguese people are one of the most welcoming and warm people in the world. They are only too happy to share their traditions, history, food, wine and best spots with any visitors and are generous to a fault, happily providing you with anything you need to make your stay a happy one.

If these six reasons aren’t enough to make you rush out and book a holiday in Portugal, there are plenty more available. However, for those who don’t need any more convincing just be prepared for the disappointment, you’ll feel when it’s time to say goodbye to this delightful country and head back home again.

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