Portugal is a fascinating country full of picture-perfect beaches, lush mountain ranges, eclectic architecture, rich history and an unrivaled wine and food scene.
If you’re considering a Portugal honeymoon, you’re in good company. More and more people from all over the world are flocking to this sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula—and for good reason. Portugal is a fascinating country full of picture-perfect beaches, lush mountain ranges, eclectic architecture, rich history and an unrivaled wine and food scene. With its charming little villages and Ligurian-made tiles that are indigenous to Portuguese society, you will find yourself completely immersed in a history and culture far from your own, but one that instantly feels like home.
When to Go
The best time to visit Portugal is the springtime, which begins as early as February and lasts until early June when the weather hovers right around 85ºF, hardly ever going too far above or below it. Winter tends to be a bit more rainy, but it is certainly possible to experience bone dry weather from November to March. The cooler temperatures can be pleasant for walking around. If you’re looking to avoid the busy season, don’t book your trip for July and August, which is also the Portuguese holiday month and when many of the coastal resorts are at their highest rates.
Where to Go
Picture bright red terra-cotta roofs, winding cobblestone streets decorated with carefully crafted and positioned tiles, stunning castles sitting high in the hills and eye-catching pink sunsets. These are just a few of the highlights you can expect to experience if you visit Lisbon on your Portugal honeymoon. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is exquisitely romantic—akin to France’s Paris. It’s also an incredibly old and resilient city, which survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake that damaged nearly its entire port and killed an estimated 60,000 people. While much of the city was left in ruins, several important buildings and monuments survived. On your list of things to see, don’t miss São Jorge Castle at the very top of the city, overlooking the historic center, Belém Tower, a medieval fortified tower with rooftop terraces that also offer unparallelled views, Rossio Square, Praça do Comércio and the Bairro Alto district which is full of music and nightlife.
Just about an hour bus ride, 45-minute train ride or 25-minute rental car ride from Lisbon lies Sintra, a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s western mountain ranges. Its forested terrain makes it a totally different type of experience than what tourists will find in a city like Lisbon. It’s also full of enchanting palaces and fortresses, which, combined with the landscape, make it a true fairytale land. One of the most iconic sights in Sintra is the Pena Palace, a romanticists palace that sits upon a high rock and was once a former monastery site. It’s surrounded by lush parkland and was built in the 19th century. Also, a sight not to miss is the Castle of Moors, a Moorish castle built in the 10th century. Tourists will enjoy panoramic views of the quaint town below. Have a romantic picnic in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, a protected mountainside that slopes peacefully into the sea.
Known for its breathtaking beaches with pristine sandy shorelines and crystal-clear beaches, Algarve is a definite must-visit for your Portugal honeymoon. Algarve is located in the southernmost region of the country, with a sun-drenched climate that rivals the Caribbean and French Riviera. Most of your to-do list while on the Algarve portion of your Portugal honeymoon will involve beach hopping. Sounds amazing, right? Along your list of beaches to see, don’t miss Ponta da Piedade, full of caves, arches, pinnacles and more. While it’s a bit rocky, it’s a sight to be seen (and photographed!). Also, don’t miss Benagil Cave, a circular dome with a swirl of fascinating rock in brilliant colors. Praia da Marinha, with its towering cliffs and natural arches and tiny coves also has a sandy shore for you to rest and sunbathe.
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