Discover the Perfection of Portugal – For the third year straight, Portugal was named Leading Destination in the World at 2019’s World Travel Awards. And Portugal’s Madeira Island – the world’s Best Island Destination for five years running.
In 2019, over a million Americans visited Portugal. For five years straight, this European country has experienced tourism growth in the double-digits. The president of Turismo de Portugal says they don’t need to advertise – Americans telling their friends and family either in person or via social media posts has sparked this exponential growth in tourism.
Portugal has always been a beautiful destination, but with social media platforms like Instagram, it’s simply skyrocketed. Coverage in other media has brought several awards to the country honoring its cultural diversity, unique foods, and perfect weather. And with airline, TAP Portugal, opening up several new non-stop routes, this growth is expected to continue.
Places to visit in Portugal include:
• The Algarve
• The Azores
The Algarve’s sunny skies and calming waters makes it appear more like a Mediterranean location than an Atlantic one. This has made the Algarve one of the trendiest destinations – but it’s also meant an overabundance of hotels and resorts. If you know where to go, there are plenty of places offering tours of ruins, as well as nature reserves where you can check out the character of the region – and tons of olive orchards.
The Azores may almost seem as though they’re not part of Portugal, but this archipelago provides a vastly different experience compared to a visit to mainland. The Azores are nine unique volcanic islands that each have a character of their own. Sao Miguel’s lush, green hills and Pico’s towering volcano – and everything you can imagine in between. Activities abound – hiking, bicycling, or just taking a road trip will illustrate why so many people consider the Azores their destination of choice.
And then there’s Sintra. The center of this town is a UNESCO-recognized destination. It was the birthplace of Europe’s Romantic era. A plethora of influences – Moorish, Gothic, and Egyptian, just to name a few – are blended here like no other place in the world. The result? Culturally relative parks and gardens, along with monuments that, when all put together, you’d think you’d landed in the pages of a faraway novel.
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