We’ll Tell The 10 Main Reasons Why So Many People Go To Portugal At This Moment
Have you noticed that it appears as if (literally) everyone’s going to Portugal at this moment? And it’s not ‘fake news’, believe me. Only the previous week the country officially reported yet one more record year, when it comes to visitors from overseas. Meaning, just a (very) little under 13 million people outside Portugal, visited the country last year.
And for a country that has ‘only’ 10 million inhabitants, this is truly a huge number. So, today we’re going to give you the main reasons why is this happening!
1). The timeworn charm of Lisbon
Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, although a European city, Lisbon actually lives a true Latin fairytale, compiled of old traditions and classic manners. And that’s only one of the reasons why people love this city so much.
2). The beautiful Porto
When you have a coastal town that’s a combo of a medieval character (at its core), mesmerizing churches laced with golden leaves, and the modern buzz, along with a perfect climate and temperature throughout the year, would it really be a surprise why the town of Porto, that’s ‘echoing’ sophistication, is such a magnet for the foreign tourists? I don’t think so… in fact, we recommend you visit it the first chance you get.
3). The wine culture
Along with the “porto”, Portugal’s national drink is the wine, which you could get in any restaurant or bar, beginning with 100-yr-old bottles with a price tag of over $1 000, too much more affordable vintages.
4). The direct connection to Harry Potter – the mesmerizing bookshop
Back in the early 1990’s, Harry Potter’s ‘mom’, JK Rowling, taught English in Porto. Thus, she used to visit the Livraria Lello bookstore on a regular basis, which was later used as an inspiration for certain things in her books.
5). Freshly-baked pastel de natas
No matter where you go and look for it, you won’t find custard tarts as excellent as you will in Portugal. And when it comes to the country itself, there’s probably no other place that makes them like Pasteis de Belém in Lisbon.
6). The sunny weather
Given the fact that it’s located in the most western edge of the European continent, there’s not a single capital city in Europe that’s as sunny as Lisbon. To put it in numbers, this means 2 799 hours of sunshine per year.
7). It’s where the island of Madeira is located
Although it’s not Ibiza (it’s initially meant for more mature visitors), Madeira is definitely one of the most mesmerizing islands, compared with all the others, each European country has to offer. With its botanical wonders and dramatic scenery, this is a destination everyone should have on his/her bucket list.
8). The value of the pound is still great
As a result of the Brexit, many British travelers felt the hit on their wallets, but thanks to Portugal, the blow is more bearable. Although it uses euros, Portugal is still one of the most affordable destinations in Europe. In fact, right on the 2ndplace, only after Bulgaria.
9). This bridge
The bridge of Vasco da Gama is simply one of the structures you simply cannot avoid, once you get to Lisbon.
10). Braga’s insanely spectacular stadium
When it comes to football, this sport enjoys pretty much a semi-religious status in Portugal. And the fact that they won the Euro 2016 in France, only fired things up more! So, once you are in Portugal, in a case you want to watch a good match, and you want to do it in a memorable place, then Estádio Municipal de Braga is the place to do it!