Looking for your next holiday destination? We cannot recommend the southern European country of Portugal more highly! This fantastic destination is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the world, not to mention delicious food and amazing attractions that are sure to keep you busy for days. Some of the best ways to spend your holiday in Portugal are:
What we would call soccer here in Australia, football is incredibly popular in Portugal. Although there are plenty of opportunities to watch a game, for something really special we suggest you head to Estadio Municipal de Braga – a stadium that has been carved out of rock.
Walking into this amazing city is like taking a step back in time. Check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still travel around the city or pay a visit to the Baixa district, which is home to traditional herbalists, haberdashers and tailors.
Portugal’s national drink, port (or porto) is abundant across the country (particularly in it’s namesake city, Porto). Any bar or restaurant worth it’s salt will sell this fortified wine – we definitely recommend having a sample (or two) before making your way home.
- Pastel de Natas
Nowhere does pastel de natas (or custard tarts to use Westerners) quite like Portugal. Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon is world-famous for these delicious creations – it’s not surprising to see a long queue stretching along the pavement on a good day.
- Vasco da Gama Bridge
At 17.2 kilometres long, this bridge is the longest in Europe and was named after the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. You can find it in Lisbon – either take a drive across it, taking in the amazing sights over the water, or view it from the bank.
Known for being one of Europe’s best beachside destinations, Portugal has an exquisite coastline and reliable weather that are just begging to be enjoyed. The rolling swell of the Atlantic Ocean also makes the country one of Europe’s best surfing destinations.
- Fado Bars
At the core of the country’s musical tradition is the distinctive song form, fado (which literally means “fate”). The music is lyrical, soulful and accompanied by guitars. If you want to catch a live performance, drop into one of the many fado bars.
- Capela dos Ossos
A bit of a morbid attraction, the interior of the Capela dos Ossos (or the Chapel of Bones) has been decorated with human skulls and bones from around 5000 corpses. It was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk and is located in Evora.
As well as being the most visited museum in Portugal, this is also one of Europe’s most influential contemporary art museums. It’s located in Porto and sits in beautifully manicured gardens that have been scattered with works from Richard Serra and Claes Oldenburg, among others.
If you’re planning to holiday in Portugal sometime in the near future, we hope the above list of sites and attractions has given you plenty of ideas on how to spend your trip. Viktorianz offers an 11 day road trip that takes travellers through Spain and Portugal – contact us today for more information on this tour and to find out upcoming dates!