Spending a holiday in Portugal will allow you to disconnect, marvel at its nature and recharge your batteries with your family or your partner. You will also enjoy the essentials of Portugal. What to see? What to do? Villanovo have gathered for you the best places and the most exciting experiences so that you can enjoy them during your stay this beautiful country of Southwestern Europe.
One of the unforgettable experiences during a stay in Portugal is to visit the dynamic city of Lisbon. You will see the impressive tile facades (small bright earthenware pieces) and, when the night falls, enjoy the festive atmosphere of Bairro Alto. Another way to get to know this incredible capital is on board a tram that will take you to the most incredible corners of the city. The most famous line is number 28, so take your camera and get ready for a different trip aboard this yellow tram.
Take the opportunity to walk around Belém and visit the famous tower of the same name. In this same city stands the Castle of Sao Jorge, a must for those who want to enjoy an adventure reliving the history of Portugal. Overlooking the highest hill in Lisbon, you can stroll through the medieval streets of Alfama and climb this castle built by the Moors. From here, you will have a panoramic view of the centre of the capital, and you can admire the city at its best.
It is unthinkable to come to Portugal without tasting the local gastronomy. Lovers of good cuisine will be delighted to taste the delicious sandwich called Francesinha, accompanied by a good wine from Porto. Although every region has its own specialty, you will find dishes that are savoured throughout the country, especially the dishes with a cod base! Indeed, the famous bacalhau is a must with all the sauces and all the flavours. After enjoying a good cod, do not forget dessert! You can not leave the country without having tried the famous pastéis de nata or the pastéis de Belém.
Do you prefer to practice water sports such as surfing, kitesurfing or windsurfing? Then great moments await you on the islands of Cape Verde. The beach of Santa María, located on the island of Sal, promises an unforgettable family day out. But the obligatory visit is to the sublime beaches of the Algarve that, although very famous, keep their charm intact. However, if you are looking for a moment of privacy in a place where time seems to have stopped, go to Comporta. No matter which region of Portugal you are in, you will always find a beach that suits your needs.
And if you want to discover the seabed of Portugal, diving is the activity you are looking for. The best diving spots are concentrated in Lagoa, Pedra Da Torre, Pedra de Ancora and the Berlengas Islands. Put on your fins and get ready to enjoy the depths and their multi-coloured inhabitants, which will make you enjoy a unique and unforgettable moment.
The Algarve is known for its superb and varied beaches. It is the destination where families and groups of friends meet because there is always something to try or to do. Water sports, moments of relaxation, but also nightlife and delicious restaurants.
Among the most beautiful beaches are:
> Praia d'Odeceixe in Aljezur: ideal for surfing
> Praia da Bordeira in Aljezur: a perfect little corner of nature
> Praia da Rocha in Portimao: for a day full of activities
> Beach of the island of Armona in Olhao: a real escape on the island of Armona.
Do not hesitate to make a break during your stay in Portugal. A relaxing boat trip on the Tagus River will reveal the most beautiful landscapes of the Atlantic coast. Then, you can take this opportunity to visit the authentic towns of Estoril, Cascais and the magnificent Sintra Natural Park, with its Disney castle. Then we leave you 3 perfect places to enjoy a unique getaway:
Monsanto: Get lost in the winding streets of one of the most authentic villages in Portugal. It gives the impression that it has been placed delicately on the cliff and the views are even more impressive during a sunset. Do not forget to visit the ruins of the Monsanto castle of the 12th century, or the chapel of Sao Miguel. These historical vestiges are located in the heights of Monsanto, and from there you will have a spectacular panoramic view of the surroundings.
Salir and Alte: These two cities near Loulé, in the Algarve, are true hidden treasures of this region. With its whitewashed houses and colourful facades, the landscape is a true postcard image. Get lost in the colourful streets of these cities and do not forget to visit the Church of Salir, dating from the 12th century, a true historical jewel!
Elected "European cultural capital" in 2001, Porto is a city of character that will not fail to impress you. You will always find something to do in this place with a thousand flavours. Do not forget to visit the most famous districts thanks to a tram ride, then take a break in one of the many restaurants in the city centre to taste an excellent pastéis, the famous Portuguese tart.
The must when visiting the city of Porto is to attend the festivals of Sao Jao. At this time of year, the city becomes a real firework display of colours, music and flavours.
In addition to sublime landscapes, Portugal does not lack charming places. Due to its tumultuous history, imbued with many cultural influences, this dazzling country concentrates many cultural places that deserve to be visited! It will combine the visit of a castle, a walk along the beach in the middle of nature with the natural park of Serra da Arrábida or the one of Ria Formosa. Do not forget to visit the famous Pena Palace. With its extravagant colours, rising above the city of Sintra in a natural park of 200 hectares, this palace becomes one of the essential places of Portugal. The Pena Palace is the first palace of romantic inspiration in Europe. To get there, you can choose the bus because the climb only takes a few minutes. But we recommend that you walk to enjoy the scenery and the incredible views of Sintra.
Thanks to its geography, Portugal does not lack landscapes to contemplate! The Douro River and the Algarve coast are perfect for tourists. Sailing is an excellent way to discover the most beautiful landscapes of Portugal. Cliffs, natural parks, rice fields and many more surprises await you in this sunny country. The natural spaces of Portugal are as sublime as its beaches. Do not hesitate to visit the islands of Cape Verde, they will surprise you. The authentic and wild nature will dazzle fans of excursions, particularly on the island of Santo Antao and the island of Sao Miguel. You can also go mountain biking to make it more exciting. In any case, do not forget your camera during your walks to capture these landscapes that will make you enjoy Portugal out of the ordinary. Do not forget to visit, in particular, two magical places:
- Ponta da Piedade: located on the banks of the Algarve, this wonder of nature is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the region. The gold of the rocks combines perfectly with the blue of the water and the result is impressive. For an unforgettable experience, visit this natural wonder during a sunset. It will be a unique moment that you will always remember.
- The cliffs of Cabo de San Vicente: The views of its fortress and its lighthouse that stands proudly on the cliffs will mark you, no doubt. Strolling through this fantastic place is one of the essential activities you can do during your stay in Portugal.
Located in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, this tree climbing park will amaze lovers of extreme sports. Try to climb the different stages of the courses to enjoy the best views of the forest and meet the challenges proposed in this park. Face your fear of vertigo and go from tree to tree all over the place! Remember, also, to attend the magnificent spectacle of whales and dolphins. Cabo de San Vicente is, obviously, one of the best places to observe these magnificent creatures dancing majestically in the crystalline waters of Portugal. Many companies offer cruises in the waters of the Atlantic to see these mysterious animals.