Top Places to Visit in Portugal

January 11, 2017

Tucked away in the continent’s most southwestern corner, Portugal is a conveniently compact travel destination offering gorgeous historical cities, a variety of landscapes, a charming and low-key vibe, and delicious seafood and wine—not to mention some excellent beaches particularly in the south.

Not only does Portugal have a lot to offer, it’s a relatively inexpensive country. If you’re looking to travel somewhere cheap in Europe that isn’t in the east, Portugal is your best bet.

I’m currently in Portugal and will be adding more to this page as I travel.

Where to go in Portugal


Portugal’s capital of Lisbon is an amazing city break destination, but also a must-visit on any larger Portugal trip.

my in-depth Lisbon city guide »


The second largest city Porto is situated in the northern Douro wine region. The city is a little grungier but, so the residents claim, it’s also much more down-to-earth. It’s a great city to spend a couple of days.

10 cool things to do in Porto »

The Azores

In the middle of the Atlantic, somewhere between the Portuguese mainland and the United States, you’ll find the islands of the Azores. This volcanic archipelago is a paradise for adventure travellers, with countless caldeiras, volcanoes, reefs, steam vents, and lava tube caves to explore.

The Azores have recently become more accessible thanks to the introduction of budget flights departing from Lisbon, Porto, and many other European cities.

guide to the azores »


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