Getaways to Portugal, Best Tourist Destination in the World

Last year our neighbors were chosen as Best World Tourism Destination in the World Travel Awards, in the Tourism Oscar, winning in all categories. And it is not surprising, since, after the economic crisis of the past few years, they have managed to reinvent themselves and revive the tourism sector with a varied, original offer and with alternatives for all audiences. If you are also thinking of the country Portugal as the destination of your next vacation, we will tell you about five possible getaways that will delight even the most demanding of travelers.

Lisbon

Yes, it’s obvious. But we could not start this article in any other way either. Lisbon has earned in recent years the title of the coolest city in Europe on its own merits.

It is known for its unmistakable light, that the blue-clad buildings reflect at all times and for its famous trams. But the city of the seven hills is much more. A mild and ideal climate throughout the year, the exact mixture of tradition and modernity that mixes in its streets or a booming gastronomy make the capital one of the obligatory stops in Portugal. With a privileged location, from Lisbon you can also visit very interesting nearby sites. In short, an essential city for its beaches, its cultural life and its affable people. Oh, and the coffee.

Madeira

This small Portuguese island is an authentic paradise that enamors everyone who visits it with its climate, its gastronomy and its incredible natural landscapes.

For hikers or lovers of getting lost on routes, here they have hundreds of kilometers parallel to water channels with spectacular corners. Those who like picturesque places can not miss Santana and its curious traditional houses.

And of course, enjoy the most beautiful sunsets from the slopes of its capital, Funchal. In this city you will want to get lost in its old area, its markets and climb the cable car to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Tradicional houses of Santana.

Lagos

The city of Lagos has become one of the most important tourist centers of the country thanks to its wonderful beaches and hypnotic coastal landscapes.

A great idea is to spend a day discovering its streets, strolling among the historic sites of its old town that, despite the tourist boom it retains all their authenticity as its walls or the Igreja do Santo António.

Of course, the coast is what you have to spend more time on. Walking and getting lost by its cliffs or enjoying with tranquility of its beaches will make your trip the most relaxing experience.

 

Sintra

This beautiful villa, which is only 30 kilometers from the capital, is a great option if you go to Lisbon and you have some day off. It is known especially for its extraordinary architectural heritage and its many monuments.

You can not miss the Palacio da Pena, known as one of the great monuments of Portugal, nor the nearby Castelo dos Mouros. Other possible visits are the Gothic Mansion La Quinta da Regaleira or give you the visits that there are from the Sanctuary of Peninha. In Sintra, all the monuments will make you fall in love.

Duero river in Oporto.

Oporto

One of the Portuguese cities most loved by Galicians for its proximity and cultural connection, OPorto has become in a short time one of the most visited cities in the country, competing in popularity with its capital. There are many reasons for the success and tourist attraction of this city, but highlight the Avenue of the Allies, one of the best known and represented in photographs and memories.

And you can not miss the hyper known Lello and Irmao Bookstore, which inspired the author of Harry Potter.

The jewel in the crown as far as monuments are concerned is the Church of the clerics and its Tower. Of course, be prepared for the queues, although they deserve the penalty for having the best views of the city when climbing the tower.

But the favourite area to be carried away by the calm rhythm of the Portuguese is the entire Ribera del Duero, where you can enjoy drinking, food and great views. And the rest your feet will need.

 

It is a destination that fits perfectly to a weekend getaway or three days. Undoubtedly, a suitable choice for any trip you have planned to make. And in Ama Viajes we can help you organize it.

And you, ¿Which getaway to Portugal do you choose ?