Five Top Destinations You Have to Visit in Portugal
In order to celebrate the launch of the Bravofly travel guide to Portugal, this week we’ve decided to clue you into five top destinations in Portugal you have to visit.
Friendly Locals, Hollywood-Worthy Coastlines, Array of Historical Treasures…
If you’re looking for a holiday destination with charming historical character, epic vineyards, enchanting castles, stunning beaches and an array of quaint cobbled walkways, Portugal is the place for you.
Everywhere you turn, you see the legacy of the wealth and power that once characterised this sea-faring Atlantic-coast nation. Yet today Portugal is just as known for its chilled vibe, friendly locals and Hollywood-worthy coastlines as it is for its array of historical treasures.
See Portugal in All Its Glory with Five Holiday Destinations
If you want to see Portugal in all its glory, Bravofly would suggest you take some time to stop off at the following five Portuguese destinations the next time you fly over…
- Madeira: If you’re looking for the perfect island break, then you have no choice but to stop off at the Portuguese island of Madeira. Located in the North Atlantic, Madeira’s subtropical climate makes it the most naturally beautiful place in the whole of Portugal. Lounge around on the golden sands of the Calheta resort, induce vertigo on Cabo Girão – the second highest cliff in the world – or see the island from above on the Funchal Passenger Ropeway.
- Faro: Explore the best that tourist-region the Algarve has to offer by stopping off at its capital city of Faro. Not only does it boast fascinating attractions such as the Castle of Silves and Cathedral of Faro, but serves as the home of the Ria Formosa Lagoon – arguably the most stunning natural attraction in Portugal.
- Porto: If you want to sample Port at the place where it’s made, you have to include a trip to the luxury tipple’s birthplace, Porto, on your itinerary. Aside from indulging in Port, there are plenty of things to do in Portugal’s second city. Why not take in a play at the Rivoli Theatre, indulge in a little tradition at the Igreja de São Francisco or take a cruise along the Douro River whilst you’re in town?
- Setubal: A suburb of Lisbon, make sure you stop off at Setubal on your way to the capital. Inhabited since Roman times, not only does Setubal boast one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the Iberian nation but some of its most compelling historical attractions as well. When you’re there, we’d suggest you take the time to check out the Manueline columns of the gothic Monastery of Jesus and the elaborate 18th Century tiles at the 16th Century cathedral of Santa Maria da Graça as well as it’s eye-opening archaeological museum.
- Lisbon (pictured): Save the best for last and make sure you take the time to stop off in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon before you fly home. Serving as Portugal’s capital for centuries, the Atlantic-coast-metropolis is a treasure trove of historical attractions just waiting for you to explore. Make sure to include The Castle of São Jorge, Belém Tower, Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and more on your schedule to learn about the city’s fascinating past.
Take an Annual Trip to Portugal
At Bravofly, we’d suggest you include a trip to Portugal on your itinerary every year. That’s the only way you’re going to get the time to explore everything this unique Iberian holiday destination has to offer.