It’s not a European getaway you’ll hear your friends talking about often, but trust us when we say that if it’s not already, Portugal needs to be on your travel list.
Charming cobblestone streets and hills, quaint restaurants and busy locals fill the streets of many cities, including the capital city of Lisbon. However, the real vibes and beauty come in once you venture out closer to the coastline. Portugal’s coastal views will leave you speechless and look like something straight off a postcard.
Bahamian native Kishanna Shawnell (@kishannashawnell) got to experience the stunning views firsthand on a recent trip to the country and looking at her photos, her beauty fit right in with the picturesque landscapes.
Summer has just begun so if you’re still on the hunt for a sun-filled adventure this year, let our guide to Portugal inspire you to book a flight tonight.
Welcome to Portugal
Bordering Spain, the country of Portugal is where culture, tradition and modern life blend together in harmony to create a unique experience that has drawn visitors to this European hotspot for years. Portugal enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine annually and is lined with spectacular beaches, making it a year-round travel destination. If you want to avoid the crowds, extreme heat and high accommodation prices, however, be sure to visit between either May and June or September and October, especially if you'll be visiting coastal towns like Algarve.
Portugal is known for its beaches so naturally, there is an abundance of decadent resort options for you to enjoy. If you're headed to Algarve, be sure to check out the Anantara Vilamoura which boasts its own beach, marina, golf course, and nightlife.
Photo Credit: Anantara Vilamoura
Because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal's cuisine relies heavily on seafood. Grilled sardines, bacalhau (salted cod) and octopus frequent many restaurant menus.
Photo Credit: @kishannashawnell
There's no way you can say you've been to Portugal if you haven't indulged in its beaches. From the Azores islands to Algarve the country's sandy shores are breathtaking. Once you take in the beauty, you'll wonder what took you so long to visit - and why you'd ever want to leave.