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Portugal is quickly becoming one of the top travel destinations in Europe. In fact, Portugal saw a 12 percent increase in foreign tourists just this past year.
With its pristine coastline, delicious food, beautiful language, and friendly people, it’s no wonder why so many people are flocking to Portugal.
If you’re planning to visit Portugal soon, don’t let the size of it deceive you. Even though Portugal is quite small, there’s so much to do here that one could easily travel for a year without feeling like they’d scratched the surface.
But, chances are, you don’t have a whole year to travel in Portugal. So, if you’re limited on time, what are the must-see spots?
Check out this guide to learn about the top Portugal attractions.
When people think of Portuguese nature, they often think of beaches and coastline.
However, what many people don’t know is that Portugal is home to a beautiful national park, called Geres National Park.
Located near the border of Spain, Geres National Park offers some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the whole country.
Here you can go for a hike through lush forest, take a dip in the majestic waterfalls, and, keep your eyes out for wolves and beautiful species of rare fauna.
Don’t make the mistake that many tourists make of skipping Lisbon and heading straight to the coastline.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and it’s well worth spending a few days in. While there are endless things to do in Lisbon, some of the top attractions include:
The Algarve is one of the hottest destinations in Portugal, and its no wonder why. With its warm weather, beautiful hiking trails, and trendy beaches, the Algarve really has something for everyone.
There are four major cities in the Algarve—Lagos, Albufeira, Vilamoura, and Portimao, and each one of them is worth visiting.
If you’re looking for adventure, a vibrant atmosphere, and views of Portugal’s iconic cliffs, then the Algarve is the place to go.
You can check out listings from Interhome to find great places to stay in this area.
Visiting a university while on vacation may not sound like your idea of a good time, but seeing as Coimbra is the oldest university in the world, it’s definitely worth the visit.
Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra was actually a great source of inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Coimbra is also home to a great attraction for little kids- Portugal de Pequenitos. This is a miniature palace that your kids will love exploring.
Hit all of these Portugal attractions, and your vacation will definitely be one for the books.
When you get back from your trip, be sure to check back in with our blog for more travel tips and tricks.
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