There’s a never-ending number of things to do and see in this southern European country. Portugal certainly doesn’t lack natural or architectural beauty, so it’s no wonder you have a desire to visit.
So, where should you even begin? Here are some top recommendations for visiting this magnificent nation for your first time.
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is full of vibrant culture, historical sights, and friendly natives. Also, Lisbon is an ideal place in the nation to delight in authentic Portuguese cuisine and enjoy live entertainment. The Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest and most colorful district, filled with delightful cobblestoned streets dotted with cafes.
Lisbon is known for its traditional melancholic melodies of Fado (meaning “fate” in Portuguese) performances. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to some of the best Portuguese folk music!
Batalha is one of the most phenomenal Gothic churches in all of Europe. As you enter the grand doors of the church, you’ll immediately notice all of its architectural details and picturesque 16th Century stained glass windows. Due to its significance, the church preserve is protected as a World Heritage Monument.
As Europe’s most significant building of the Cistercian order, wander through this historical site for hours if you so desire. There certainly is a lot to see, including a monastery, seven dormitories, the library, the kitchen, and of course, the church.
The coastline of Portugal provides some of the most stunning beaches you’ll ever see. Some of the most popular beaches are in the Algarve region (offering some of the most Instagrammable scenery), Sagres, Aveiro, and the Praia da Adraga. Don’t shy away; take a break from your explorations to relax on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream shorelines.
The Douro Valley’s landscapes offer beauty that could easily be called enchanted. The Douro River, popular with river cruise ships that glide through one of the world’s oldest wine regions, meanders through the Valley on its way to Spain.
Portugal was founded in the 12th century in the Porto and the Northern region. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage city and is the starting point of exploration of Port wineries, vineyards, and ancient churches and monuments.
It might seem daunting once you know what this dish derives from, but this chicken blood rice is a native favorite in Portugal. You can also get this dish made with rabbit and rabbit blood.
This delightful lunch includes sausage, typically prepared with french fries and fried eggs.
Cod is shredded, sauteed to perfection, and served with onion, straw fried potatoes, eggs, parsley, and garlic.
As an authentic Portuguese dessert, this dish is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. This creamy rice pudding is topped with cinnamon and caramel custard to add to the burst of flavor.
On a chilly night, treat yourself to this fantastic soup.
It’s merely potato, onions, and shredded kale, cooked in garlic and olive oil. Yet, it certainly doesn’t lack in flavor!
Originating in Lisbon, this custard tart is an indigenous staple, and you certainly can’t leave the country without giving it a try.
Now that you have some of our top tips for your first trip to Portugal let’s start planning your stay!
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