It’s one of the top holiday destinations for travellers year in, year out.
And while it often loses out to holiday destinations like Spain, Italy and Greece when it comes topping ‘best of’ lists, Portugal is an under-rated tourist trap that keeps visitors returning time and time again.
But what is it about this stunning country that makes it so popular? Here are just five reasons why Portugal is a must-see hotspot for travellers.
1. The beautiful weather
One of the top reasons people go on holiday in the first place is to bask in the glory of a sunnier climate, and for those travellers, Portugal delivers.
In the height of winter, the temperature rarely dips below 14-16 degrees, offering a very mild climate for those who don’t feel like packing their woollies. In the warmer months, the temperature can reach highs of nearly 30 degrees, perfect for poolside lounging.
For prime weather, March-May or September-October are the best visiting times, but seriously, you can’t go wrong at any time of year.
2. The stunning views
One of the most spectacular coastlines on the continent, Portugal’s picture-postcard beaches are distinctive for their typical backdrop of limestone cliffs. These craggy rocks comprise a unique and stunning seaside stroll.
There’s also the hidden gem that is the Portuguese countryside. Peaceful greenery, lush hills and pure blue rivers await visitors to these lesser known regions. The island of Madeira is amongst the most popular for savvy travellers seeking a more rural experience.
3. The delicious food
Portuguese menus tend to feature plenty of fish, most of which is freshly caught and locally sourced. From seabass to seabream, sardines to salmon, and including tuna, prawns and oysters, seafood lovers will adore these dinners.
If that’s not your idea of a banquet, fear not – Portuguese tables are practically creaking with cheeses, bread, red meats and plenty of olive oil, so you won’t go hungry.
And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat – sugar-dusted pasties and rich creamy tarts are standard fare at every meal. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
4. Plenty to do
Those who are easily bored won’t find themselves short of things to do.
The country is well-recognised on the world map for its sporting prowess – famous figures from Portugal include Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.
Golf is also extremely popular in Portugal, as is fishing (hence the menu). And its aforementioned beaches have been a popular spot in the past for surfers, who travel from around the world to take on great waves on the coastline.
5. A great place to live
Plenty of holidaymakers fall so in love with the country that they end up making their home under its wonderful sun.
And they’re actively welcomed too! The Golden Visa in Portugal is a citizenship by investment scheme which actively encourages international buyers to expand their portfolios. Investment gurus Property Lisbon have a great step-by-step guide on the program, as well as a stunning selection of eligible properties.
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