First-time visitors are usually struck by the friendliness of the people, the affordable food and wine, and the diversity of a country that is relatively easy to travel round in just a few days. It cannot be contested that the beaches of Portugal are among the most incredible in the world and are among the country’s greatest highlights. The waters are always amazing whether it’s peacefully caressing the shore or crashing into the coast.
Beaches and high mountains aside, the rest of Portugal is a diverse and verdant country of deep valleys and rolling hills dotted with stone-built villages. The Portuguese have embraced contemporary life without ever quite getting rid of the more appealing aspects of previous centuries.
Outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety. Gaze out over dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf stellar breaks off dune-covered beaches or laze peacefully on sandy islands fronting calm blue seas. You’ll find dolphin watching in the lush Sado Estuary, boating and kayaking along with many other activities across the country.
Festivals pack Portugal’s calendar. The Portuguese population gives rise to a number of cultural festivals that are attended by the lively, warm, and adventurous Portuguese who love to take part in the events that retell their history, express their roots, and come together as a community. Drink, dance and feast your way through all-night revelries like Lisbon’s Festa de Santo António or Porto’s Festa de São João.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the country also has good weather credentials, basking in around 300 days of sunshine a year. Either way, if you enjoy being surrounded by large-scale natural beauty, you will love the experience of being in Portugal!