Portugal is an incredible holiday destination for lovebirds and there are options for all sorts of couples. Whereas it is a break to celebrate a special date, a honeymoon or just an escape from the frantic daily routine without the kids, our country has some perfect romantic hideaways.
Açores: For nature enthusiasts
Açores is the first place that comes to mind when thinking about natural heritage. Any of the 9 islands that form the archipelago are a delightful escape for those seeking to leave behind concrete jungles. With green plains, a rich marine life, volcanic landscapes, mountains, caves and the most spectacular hiking trails there really is a lot to do outdoors. Discover why we feel Açores is a Wanderland here.
Apart from the Açores, there are dozens of destinations in continental Portugal. To find out some of our favourite ones read the post we wrote about Natural Parks in Portugal for Outdoor Lovers.
Porto: For artsy people
Lisboa is always on the lead as everything happens on a bigger scale there. However, Porto always had a strong artistic reputation and is a very romantic city.
When it comes to fine arts there are renowned artists with a strong connection to the city that left marvellous works of art spread across town. In terms of architecture, it's impossible to miss the fantastic buildings projected by the most famous architects in the country - Siza Vieira and Souto de Moura, both born in Porto.
Music wise there's also a relevant heritage, going from old school bands and well established artists to more recent projects which are innovating and bringing fresh styles to the Portuguese music repertoire.
Apart from the above illustration galleries, independent theatre plays, fashion designers and street artists keep pushing the limits and broadening the art scene in the city, which merges the old and the new with grace. If you're into this theme check this post we wrote last year.
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Lisboa & Sintra: For history fans
Lisboa has a long long history and the territory that the city occupies nowadays was chosen by many different people along the centuries: Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Suebis and Moors. Many of them left behind traces of their passage, for instance in the form of architecture, arts and language.
Our capital city was always an important ground and the setting for many important episodes in the country's history. In fact history was made when the Portuguese caravelas departed to the great unknown from Belém. During that time Portugal had great economic strength and incredible buildings, palaces and churches were built in and around town to show off how great we were. That explains why most important buildings in the country are located in Lisboa.
Only 30 min. driving from Lisboa is the idilic world of Sintra, filled with absolutely gorgeous private estates, convents, palaces and castles. Sintra is as romantic as it gets and perfect for a couple's retreat near the city.
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Winemaking regions: For foodies
Douro, Dão and Alentejo are the three most famous winemaking regions in the country and all are great holiday destinations for those seeking some alone time surrounded by great wine and excellent gastronomy.
Douro is located in the Northern part of the country and is world famous for the fantastic Port and for the mind-blowing landscapes formed by the terraced vineyards that fall down to the river. The demarcated Dão area can be found in central Portugal and inland, located at a higher altitude and with marked temperature differential. The harsh weather conditions are perfect for the vineyards to develop and originate bold wines. More to the south, in the Alentejo region, the landscapes change abruptly and the vineyards are planted throughout wide plains. The weather is warmer and drier and the wines are also extremely good.
In all three winemaking regions gastronomy is full of bold flavours and meals should be enjoyed with time. The most typical meals comprise some delicious appetisers, a main protein - which usually is codfish, octopus, beef or pork - and a few side dishes. The variations are the local seasonings, the sides and the traditional desserts. Read this post to understand why Portuguese are natural foodies.
Algarve: For sun seekers
Algarve is undoubtedly the most sought destination in the country for those aiming for long days at the beach. There are huge resorts, but also adorable rustic projects with a more familiar and exclusive vibe, perfect for some R&R.
From April to October the sun isn't shy and attracts those looking for salty hair and sandy feet. There are small beaches sheltered by golden cliffs, massive stretches of sand surrounded by wild dunes and surf peaks for those looking to test their boards.
Lounging, resting, chilling and relaxing are all plausible (and awesome) activities despite the destination chosen. The professional procrastinators and those aiming to do nada can rest assured as the beautiful landscapes and welcoming people will ensure they'll be entertained enough.
For an extra inspiration about ideas to ease the mind and (re)gain quality of life read this post.
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