Though it's dwarfed by its neighbor on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has long been one of the best countries to visit in Europe. There is something for everyone in Portugal, whether you want to tour the bustling city streets of Lisbon or relax in the rural countryside. While you can't go wrong regardless of where you choose to visit, according to Fodor's, there are a few spots in particular that will help make your visit to Portugal a memorable one.
Lighter side of Lisbon
The capital city of Lisbon is home to many historic buildings, including the famous Castle of São Jorge and the Jerónimos Monastery, but there are many other more lighthearted endeavors that can be just as fulfilling. For starters, you may want to head to the city's Beer Museum. Even if you have just a fleeting interest in the history of the beverage, a walk through the museum offers a glimpse at some artifacts you can't find anywhere else.
In addition to the Beer Museum, you should also head to the Alcantra docks which sit on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. This region is a popular place to hang out and experience the lesser-known side of Lisbon with many trendy restaurants and cafes.
Hiking opportunities aplenty
Exploring a country on foot is one of the best ways to see what it has to offer, and Portugal is no different. There are many places where you can get a closer look at the beautiful natural scenery Portugal has to offer. One of the best places is the newly created path of Rota Vicentina. This lengthy trail brings you along some of the most pristine pieces of coastline in Europe, from the city of Santiago do Cacém to the Cape of St. Vincent. There are many highlights along the way, including forests, mountain ranges and rivers.
The beautiful beaches
Not taking advantage of the gorgeous coastline of Portugal would be a big mistake, and if you're looking for the perfect place to soak up some sand, the southern region of Algarve is the place to go. Usually a thriving hub of activity, Algarve has some of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in the world, from its stunning rocky outcroppings to the white sand of Praia da Rocha.