Portugal: Gem of Europe

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Portugal is the perfect combination of white sandy beaches, architecturally beautiful cities, rugged coastlines, and a booming restaurant scene. Oh, and not to mention, a lot of wine. Portugal also happens to be one of the most affordable international destinations and incredibly safe, making it a great getaway for solo female travelers.

Lisbon has become a hub for nomads and expats from all over the world, but there’s so much more to see than Portugal’s capital city. There’s the Algarve, the Alentejo, Obidos, and Braga, to name a few.

Portugal is home to a number of the most well-known attractions in the world. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Portugal is the right location. Its beautiful beaches are among its most well-known attractions. The shore in Portugal is great for sunbathing, bathing, surfing and boating. The magnificent coastline and the crystal clear blue water can make any traveler fall in love with this place. If you love to surf, it is hard to think of a more iconic place than Nazaré. Nazaré town has become world-famous for the giant waves that hit the coast every winter from October to February and attracts lots of surfers and spectators from all over the world. But there is so much more to this little fishermen’s town in Central Portugal. Beautifully located in between the moon-shaped sand beach on one side and a giant rock on the other, Nazaré has some of the oldest fishing traditions in Portugal.

If you are more into sunbathing and stunning beach views, the Algarve region in the south of Portugal is the place to be. It is hard to select the most beautiful beaches as there are literally hundreds competing for that title. One beach that is without a doubt one of the most picturesque beaches of the Algarve is Praia de Dona Ana just outside the town of Lagos. This popular beach is surrounded by steep colorful cliffs and crystal clear blue water. It offers visitors a truly magnificent and stunning view. Due to its location, surrounded by high cliffs, it is well protected from the wind and an ideal location for beach lovers and sunbathers.

If you would like to find a holiday destination, where you can experience beautiful all-natural scenery, lovely beaches and exotic food, then you should select Portugal. This place offers all these things in abundance. The inland of Portugal offers a multitude of small towns and villages that will completely blow you away. Each little town is yet another discovery with a variety of local history, traditions, art, wine and food. And not to forget the most unforgettable views.

The most idyllic time to visit Portugal is in either the spring (March to June) or fall (September to mid-October) when there are fewer crowds, prices are lower, and the temperatures are warm. Fall is also a great time if you’re looking to experience some of Portugal’s famous wine.

The summer months are considered to be the high season in Portugal. Streets, beaches, and historical sites are often busy. Local transportation is also often sold out, and accommodation prices can increase to around 30-40%.

Come November, the rainy season begins, and a lot of resorts shut down for winter. Expect thinner crowds but shorter hours at many of the main sites. If you’re visiting Portugal for the holiday season, Lisbon is known for its Christmas markets and decorations.

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