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Top Tips for Your First Visit to Portugal


This southern European country certainly doesn't lack in natural or architectural beauty. It's no wonder you have a desire to visit Portugal. There's a never-ending number of things to do and see. So, where should you even begin? Here are some top recommendations for visiting this magnificent nation for your first time.


A shot of Portugal's residence

1. What places should I check out?

➔   Lisbon

As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is full of vibrant culture, historical sights, and friendly natives.

Also, Lisbon is an ideal place in the nation to take delight in authentic Portuguese cuisine and to enjoy live entertainment. Lisbon is known for its traditional Fado performances. Don't miss out on an opportunity to listen to some of the best Portuguese folk music!

➔   Batalha

One of the most phenomenal Gothic churches in all of Europe. The church preserve is protected as a World Heritage Monument due to its significance. As you enter the grand doors of the church, you'll immediately take notice to all of its architectural details and picturesque 16th Century stained glass windows.

➔   The Abbey of Santa Maria

As Europe's most significant building of the Cistercian order, wander through this historical site for hours if you wish. There certainly is a lot to see, including a monastery, seven dormitories, the library, the kitchen, and of course, the church.

➔   The Beaches

The coastline of Portugal provides some of the most stunning beaches you'll ever see.

Don't shy away, take a break from your explorations to relax on the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream. Some of the most popular beaches are in the Algarve region, Sagres, Aveiro, and the Praia da Adraga.

A cave-like structure on a beach in Portugal

2. What are some of the most popular dishes and foods?

➔   Arroz de Cabidela

It might seem daunting once you know what this dish derives from, but this chicken blood rice is a native favorite in Portugal. You can also get this dish made with rabbit and rabbit blood.

➔   Alheira

This delightful lunch includes sausage, typically prepared with french fries and fried eggs.


A known dish in Portugal

➔   Bacalhau A Bras

Cod is shredded and sauteed to perfection and served with onion, straw fried potatoes, eggs, parsley, and garlic.


➔   Arroz Doce

As an authentic Portuguese dessert, this dish is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth.

This creamy rice pudding is topped with cinnamon and caramel custard to add to the burst of flavor.


➔   Caldo Verde

On a chilly night, treat yourself with this fantastic soup.

It's merely potato, onions, and shredded kale, cooked in garlic and olive oil, and yet it certainly doesn't lack in flavor!


➔   Pastel de nata

Originating in Lisbon, this custard tart is an indigenous staple, and you certainly can't leave the country without giving it a try.

Now that you have some of our top tips for your first trip to Portugal, let's start planning your stay! You'll be amazed by the nation's delicious food options and breathtaking sights!


So, you're gearing up for your first trip to Portugal – how exciting! From stunning coastlines to historic cities, Portugal has it all. But with so much to explore, where do you even start? Don't worry, we've got you covered with our top tips for making the most of your visit. Whether you're drawn to the bustling streets of Lisbon, the charming vineyards of Porto, or the breathtaking beaches of the Algarve, there's something for everyone in Portugal. And when you're ready to turn your travel dreams into reality, reach out to Vacations by Andrea. Whether you need help planning your itinerary, booking accommodations, or discovering hidden gems, we're here to make your trip unforgettable. Let's embark on your Portuguese adventure together!


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