Enjoy the sunshine? Portugal has 300 days of it every year, meaning whether you’re looking for a summer getaway or a chance to escape winter, Portugal is the right choice throughout the year.
This is a country that has something for the whole family, with hiking, long, sandy beaches, medieval cities, and much more.
Here are the best places to travel in Portugal this year:Evora
This is of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Evora, you’ll find narrow alleyways, museums, ornate palaces, cobblestone streets, 14th century walls and high arches, waiting to be explored. Visitors are continually charmed by this university town, which has a lively atmosphere due to the numerous restaurants, pubs, and cafes.
Be sure to take a look at the Church of Saint Francis and Visit the Roman Temple of Evora. You’ll find palaces from hundreds of years ago throughout the cityscape, including the Palace of the Dukes of Cadavel which was once a 12th-Century castle, and the Royal Palace which is an excellent example of Gothic-Renaissance architecture.
For those who enjoy incredible views, you can’t get much better than the incredible Madeira. The coastline is jam-packed with cliffs, rock pools and beaches, and when it comes to cuisine, you’ll be spoiled for choice. This is also a great place to visit with the family, as there are plenty of activities like exploring the lava tubes in the Sao Vicente Caves, climbing one of the world’s tallest ocean cliffs (Cabo Girao) and excellent scuba diving.
This is one of Portugal’s most famous and picturesque destinations. Take the camera for the cobblestone streets, whitewash houses, windmills dotted on the plains, vineyards, and cute, terracotta homes.
The main street can get overrun with tourists, however if you spend some time wandering through the back streets, you’ll see why Obidos has a reputation for being a city “lost in time.
Visit the Renaissance church of Igreja de Santa Maria, which is lined with blue and white tiles and home to many tombs from the Renaissance period. If you’ve got a few hours to explore, the nearby Midericordia Church has the most incredible Baroque doorway, and if you happen to be visiting in July you’ll get to enjoy the Medieval Fair, allowing you to see how the village looked in the Middle Ages.
While Portugal has long been discovered by tourists and one of the top places to go solo travel, Porto Santo is one of the last islands discovered, although it’s becoming the “place to be” for people looking for a summer break or winter getaway.
A big chunk of this island is made of a gorgeous golden volcanic sand, with many of the locals believing that it cures many different aches and pains (could be worth a try).
There is also nine kilometres of beach to explore, along with horseback riding, hiking, cycling, water skiing, snorkelling, diving, windsurfing and much more.