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Three Reasons Why You Should Visit Portugal on Your Next Trip

Claire Miles
Jan 22, 2021

There is so much more to Portugal than just Lisbon. While there is no denying that the country’s capital is beautiful and full of culture, the smaller cities are the ones that take our breath away. Portugal is a country full of diverse landscapes, and it definitely has something for everyone. Here are some of the best travel destinations in the country.

Porto

View of the old city of Porto in Portugal during sunset

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This Portuguese city is famous all around the world for its port wine lodges. But more importantly, Porto’s historic center was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, its riverfront Cais da Ribeira is considered one of the most beautiful streets in the world.

Sintra

 Scenic view of Azenhas Do Mar by sea against sky

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This mountain-filled town is famous for royal retreats like Pena National Palace. This palace, in fact, is one of the best examples of 19th-century Romantic revivalism in the country. The old royal residenceIt is so imponent that on a clear day it can be seen from Lisbon. Besides, there is also a restaurant in one of the wings of the palace where you will get a panoramic view of the coast.

Algarve

Golden sunrise on the red cliffs of Ponta Da Piedade, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

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Algarve, the southern region of Portugal, is known for its beaches, besides sports such as golf and surfing. While the towns of Lagos and Sagres date back to Roman times, the capital of the area, Faro, still remains the same as it was in the 18th century. In fact, some of Faro’s neighborhoods still remain completely intact.

Guimarães

Flag on the top of a castle, Dukes of Braganca Palace, Guimaraes, Minho, Portugal

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The city of Guimarães is different from the rest of our suggestions. It was there that the Battle of São Mamede in 1128 initiated the process of the foundation of the kingdom of Portugal. The Guimarães Castle, built in the 10th century, is still standing and accepting visitors.