The Ultimate Guide To Exploring Portugal – The Right Way

Portugal is a beautiful country in southern European on the Iberian Peninsula that borders Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a beautiful ocean side location that influences its culture and the Algarve’s beaches are a major tourist destination! Much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s-1800s allowing visitors to experience a great piece of history.

1. Hike The Caldeira das Sete Cidades

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A MUST see when visiting Sao Miguel, Azores – it’s breathtaking and it’s an easy access via cab ride. There are many great viewpoints all around the rim of the crater and the photo ops are amazing! The lakes are such a vibrant color, the land is various shades of green and amazingly you have almost a 360 degree view of the ocean on the hike! This is just an amazing experience – we just suggest you don’t go on a foggy day as it blocks all the amazing views.

2. Love The Ponta da Piedade

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You can take The Discover Boat Tour through these amazing cave formations and grotto’s – weather permitting and we highly suggest you do the boat tour! If you cant take the boat tour there is always walking down to the caves itself and viewing the beautiful grotto’s from the walkway. The steps take you right to the water – it’s amazing.

3. Explore The Oceanario de Lisboa

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The building itself is an example of great modern architecture and the tiled exterior walls are really well done. This aquarium is said to be best of its type in the world and it lives up to that reputation! The main tank is a spectacular 2 story high display that forms the centre of the Aquarium and can be viewed from all sides on two levels. The climatic zone displays are amazing and the lack of glass screens make you really feel part of the displays. The Penguins are close enough to touch, you can see the birds flying over your head and the otters are relaxing are only a meter or two away! Did we mention the huge variety of fish in all the displays including the infamous sunfish?!

4. Play At The Praia Dona Ana Beach In Lagos

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This gorgeous beach resides in a town that is full of historical interest with it’s origins dating as far back as 2000 years BC when it was known as Lacobriga. Today, Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Algarve and Portugal, due to the variety of beautiful beaches, rock formations bars, restaurants, hotels and for the vibrant summer nightlife. The Praia Dona Ana Beach just so happens to be the most popular.

5. Walk Agueda, Portugal

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It’s truly a magical experience that even when it rains you’ll still remain dry while walking in the streets of Agueda! Thanks to the hundreds of colorful umbrellas suspended in the air, tourists can  merrily stroll through the city streets no matter what the weather. So lovely.

6. Find The Lava Pools in Maderia, Portugal

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These amazing lava pools are easy to find and the scenery leading up to these wonders are just as amazing as you pass by several volcanoes! Once you get here you will see the multiple connected infinity pools where the sea comes crashing in! Lovers Tip: it is not for weak swimmers. While they don’t look strong the waves are serious and the pools are deep!

7. Hike & Explore The Castle Of The Moors, Sintra, Portugal

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These amazing castles are located only one hour outside of Lisbon by train and you will fall in LOVE with Sintra’s cute little town feel with loads of history. The walk up the mountain to the castle is failry strenuous (one hour roughly) so be sure to bring good hiking shoes, water, and free moving clothes. Once you get to the top you are rewarded with an amazing view – great day to spend hiking and site seeing. You can see the whole town from up here.

8. Discover The Fort de Saint John the Baptist, Berlenga Island Portugal

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The Berlengas Islands are a chain of islands off the coast of Portugal, which pretty mush equates to a breathtaking collage of rugged beauty and serenity, man made architecture combined with raw nature. The largest and main island is the Berlengas Grande and it is the only inhabited island. The Fort of St. John the Baptist extends from Berlenga Grande onto a smaller island and has stood since 1502. Visitors to the island can stay in the fort for an experience that is not like any other. Let’s take a walk shall we?

9. Have Fun In Cascais, Portugal

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Cascais is the perfect location for days on the beach and nights out on the town. Just a thirty-minute train road from central Lisbon, the beaches in Cascais and the surrounding area are among the best in Portugal. Long stretches of golden sand, rocky outcrops and secluded coves characterize the shoreline offering a wide variety of ways to spend your time in the sun.

10. Explore The Quinta Da Regaleira

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This place is absolutely beautiful and magical. Throughout this beautiful garden you can find secret tunnels, some spontaneous art shows, fountains and labyrinths. If you like trekking, nature and history this must be the place to visit. Our suggestion is to go there in the afternoon and walk around till the sunset. Garden is very unusual, well-maintained, with many ‘secret’ corners, underground caves, grottoes, beautiful views, monuments, buildings, arches and spots for taking photos – there’s even a waterfall and lake!

 

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