Portugal

With gorgeous beaches and flavoursome wines, Portugal is a top destination, accessible to all budgets.

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Recently named World’s Leading Destination by the World Travel Awards, Portugal checks all the boxes even for the most pretentious travellers. However, what makes this otherwise small country in the Iberian Peninsula so attractive to tourists, to the point that everyone seems to be heading its way? Here’s one reason that cannot leave you unimpressed: it displays amazing diversity at an affordable price.

Apart from giving you that much sought-after sun-kissed skin, with one of the warmest climates in Europe, Portugal also pleases the hearts, eyes and taste buds at the same time. With countless trophy beaches to lounge on, enchanting cities of Latin heritage, magnificent baroque architecture, exquisite, world-renowned wines and delicious local cuisine, Portugal offers a high-class experience at an unexpectedly wallet-friendly cost. And who would ever mind keeping their pennies in their pockets?

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With Lisbon the sunniest capital city of the old continent, what better destination to unwind while in Portugal that its 850 km long golden beaches? Let your hair down while surfing on the Atlantic ocean waves, go for a walk in the stunningly preserved medieval city centres with fascinating castles and churches, explore the wild natural parks and reserves included among UNESCO world heritage sites or simply take a bike on a splendid ride across the country. Did we mention dolphin watching?

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In terms of traditional music, Portugal owes its worldwide fame to Amalia Rodrigues, "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado"). Such was the extent of her popularity that she became the best-selling local musician of all times, practically placing fado on the world map of musical genres.
However, if you’re more into current tunes, you’re in the luck as well, since Portugal hosts some of the greatest international music festivals, such as NOS Primavera Sound or Rock in Rio Lisboa, set either in the middle of their urban centres, on their vast beaches or in the countryside. Music, sun and sea, here we come!

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Walking on their infinite beaches, you’d feel the salty smell of sea, fish and seaweed fill your nostrils. Green fields will perfume the air with the fresh aroma of lavender, the national flower in Portugal, rosemary or basil, while local households are sure to inundate your senses with the sweet flavour of cinnamon or vanilla.

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An inspired blend of Atlantic and Mediterranean flavours, Portuguese cuisine excels at seafood and fish. You would have heard of their favourite bacalhau (cod fish), but what about a different way of cooking it for every day of the year? Quite impressive, right? The locals season almost everything with piri piri, olive oil, vinegar and…wine. Be it alheira, a fowl sausage or some flavoured cow’s cheese such as Queijo São Jorge, you should definitely accompany it with at least a glass of porto or Vinho Verde which can be anything but green, from white to red or rosé.

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With their hot Latin blood running through their veins, Portuguese people definitely love the good life. Listening to the melancholic guitarras while sipping some vino, they are always up for a party, full of energy, welcoming, so if you do visit, don’t be surprised if you never want to leave. I mean, who can ever have enough of a great time at a more than reasonable price? One word that sums up the Portuguese way of life is "saudade", the feeling of longing for something that one loves and misses, a vibe which transpires through all their music and poetry.

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