Portugal is an excellent choice for your next vacation, and if you do decide to go there, you have to plan your time very well because there are many attractions and very little time in one vacation. Chances are that you will have to go back there to explore it all. Even so, we picked out a few things you could do in Portugal, and we guarantee that you will love all of them.
Visit the Madeira Islands
As you may know already, the Madeira Islands is the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo. He was born in Sao Pedro, but imagine exploring the streets of Santo Antonio, the place where he was raised. Besides, the islands are gorgeous. They provide amazing scenery with their clear blue waters and rocks. You will absolutely love it there. Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite son of Madeira, which is why there is a Cristiano Ronaldo Museum and a hotel with the same name. You can take pictures with his two statues if you want. The famous footballer’s fans are usually in paradise when visiting Madeira, and so will you.
Enjoy a beach…whichever you want
Portugal sits on the west coast of Europe, and its coastline goes 800 kilometers along the Atlantic Ocean. The weather is fantastic most of the time, and even in the winter, the temperatures do not go below 17 degrees. That may be a bit cold for a bath, but not for enjoying the view. In the summer, the water has the perfect temperature, and you can go swimming or enjoy several water sports. The point is that you have to at least try sunbathing while in Portugal.
Climb the Torre de Belem
If you find yourself in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, you cannot leave until you see Torre de Belem. If you want to climb it, that is entirely up to you, but we suggest that you do it because it is an unforgettable experience. Besides, you will love the view. This iconic tower was erected in 1521, and its purpose was to guard against any invaders that would come up the Tagus River. Basically, it is a fortress, but it is a beautiful one.
Visit the Mosteiro Palacio Nacional Germany Mafra
This was initially intended to be a simple monastery. However, thanks to a lot of wealth coming in at the beginning of the 18th century, the builders got a little over-ambitious. Instead, they managed to build a luxurious palace in the Baroque style. It is best if you take a guided tour to learn about the history of the place. One of the things that attract most tourists is the library. Not only is it lined with marble, but it contains over 40 thousand books.
Take a swim in Porto Moniz
Taking a dive in Portugal is not uncommon thanks to its 800-kilometer coastline, but have you ever taken a bath in a pool surrounded by rock formations? If not, Porto Moniz is the place to be. Not to mention that the sights are incredible. Porto Moniz is located above the sea level, which gives it a dramatic look. Moreover, you can also see the Madeira Aquarium in this area, which is worth a visit.
All in all, you will not get bored in Portugal. The country manages to keep all its tourists occupied. Not only with the places mentioned above, but with so much more. In another light, make sure that you have the right documentation when you travel to Portugal. Many nationalities only need a passport. European Union citizens only need an ID card. However, depending on your country of origin, a visa may be in order. Make sure that you apply for one in advance if necessary. Other than that, remember to have fun while in Portugal. There are many opportunities for that to happen while there.