By Lara Owolabi
Portugal is an amazing country to visit, and if it’s not on your bucket list already, by the end of this article you’re going to want to add it! There are so many things to do and visit in Portugal, and I couldn’t possibly include everything, so I decided to list what I think shouldn’t be missed.
This pretty city is definitely one of the first places you should visit, especially if you decide to stay outside the magnificent capital. With its rich history, it’s perfect if you want to know about the heritage of Portugal, and how it has developed over the last couple of centuries, with more than enough museums, castles, and ruins to visit. Particular must-visit attractions include São Jorge Castle; the Carmo Convent, a medieval ruin and archaeology museum; the Berardo Collection Museum, and much more.
While visiting, you have to make sure to also visit the Lisbon Oceanarium: a famous waterside aquarium famous for its ocean ecosystems.
2. Porto – the city of wine.
While you’re at it, why not visit Porto and swish around that aromatic Portuguese wine, because at the end of the day who doesn’t love to drink on holiday and relax in the sun?
Not only is Porto known for its wine, it’s also an amazing place to sightsee (as is the rest of Portugal). It’s Portugal’s second city, and with it comes the spectacular Douro river which provides Porto with a feeling of sophistication and calmness. It also has a lot of cute and colourful houses, cafés, bars, and restaurants that will look good on your Instagram!
3. Livraria Lello Bookstore
I don’t know about anyone else, but I would totally be up for visiting this enchanting bookstore, something that inspired Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts. If you’re a big fan of JK Rowling, or just books in general, then it is definitely a place to visit as the author is said to have taught English in Porto and was a regular visitor of the bookstore.
4. Estádio Municipal de Braga.
The famous football stadium, once serving the 2004 UEFA European Championship, is the place to visit for football fanatics, not only to stand in a place of sporting history but also for the fact that the stadium’s architecture is amazing; its backdrop carved out of the huge quarry it was built in. It’s a beautiful stadium to check out, whether you’re into football or not.
5. The surf and the coastline.
Wait, I can surf in Portugal? Yes, you can! Not only is the weather amazing and often warm a good majority of the year because of the Atlantic Ocean being close by, it’s often got water perfect for surfers with a solid surf as a result of its coast picking up north, west and south swells. Even if you’re not a surfer, you just can relax on the beach and take in the exquisite coastline that Portugal has to offer.
There’s plenty to do in mainland Portugal, but you should take time out to venture outside of it, because the rural areas are to die for! Azores is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal far, far away from the mainland on volcanic islands, and has been described as “the Hawaii of the Atlantic” by Telegraph Travel’s Chris Leadbeater because of its breath-taking mountains and the astounding beauty of it all. It’s truly one of those places that should be visited early in the morning, as you would not want to miss its striking sunrise.
I could go on and on about all the wonders to visit in this picturesque country, but then I would never stop writing! Portugal is totally on my top list of places to go, and it should be on yours too.