Which Portuguese City Fits Your Travel Style?

Lisbon, Porto, And Algarve: Which Portuguese city fits your travel style?


Portugal may be a small country, but it is a tiny, diverse little world in and of itself. Boasting a wide variety of rich traditions, flavors, and landscapes from north to south, Portugal has something to suit every traveler’s tastes; so much so that it has been voted Europe’s Leading Destination for three years in a row (2017-2019).



Which city’s vibes suit your travel style? We’ll explore Portugal’s three main cities to figure out which one you should choose for your next vacation destination. 


Porto (North)


The city that gave the country its name

Portugal's "second city" should be first on every traveler's list. An ancient port city, Porto is a great combination of narrow winding alleys, hilly twisting streets, and grand, old-world architecture. Whether you appreciate medieval cathedrals, art history, museums, shopping, or an exciting dining scene, Porto is a city with something for everyone.


The beautiful Porto riverside landscape 

Admire one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe - Livraria Lello. Go on a boat cruise on the Douro River and marvel at its stunning landscape. Take a stroll down to the lively, historic Ribeira district and spend an afternoon sipping on Port Wine from one of the many lodges that classify the area as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a road trip north into the jaw-droppingly beautiful Douro Valley to explore the rest of the expansive, award-winning wine region.  


If you think the Douro Valley landscape is amazing, just wait until you try the wine

The New York Times says: "From its stunning Beaux-Arts station to its cool bars serving Porto's signature drink, this charming city combines the best of old and new." Porto is indeed a city of endless charms that combine a rich history, old buildings covered in colorful azulejos (hand-painted tiles), modern architecture, a picturesque riverfront, and a high-spirited atmosphere that celebrates the joy of life. 


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Lisbon (Central)


Best City Break Destination, 2019

This bustling historic capital is one of Europe's most vibrant and buzzed-about destinations. Chock full of character and charm, Lisbon is a city of spectacular contrasts, where unique traditions and cultural heritage blend seamlessly with modern trends and lifestyles. 


Torre de Belém, a major cultural landmark and a UNESCO site

The gateway to both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Lisbon is a dynamic port city that fuses together two distinct but complementary lifestyles, giving visitors a mix of European culture, cuisine, and cosmopolitan flair. Regal palaces and cathedrals, busy markets and plazas, and quiet city gardens converge to create the unique rhythm of Lisboeta life.


Can't skip the delicious Pastéis de Belém

Strolling along the mosaic sidewalks, you're likely to hear beautiful fado music echoing from tiny patio taverns, see colorful clotheslines strung between open windows, and smell the mix of delicious herbs and garlic wafting through al fresco restaurants in the Alfama quarter or along Bairro Alto. 

If you appreciate old-world architecture, be sure to visit the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and the UNESCO World Heritage site the Torre de Belém. 


Palace of Monserrate. Portugal, visit Lisbon, Europe
You won't regret exploring Lisbon and its amazing surrounding areas

Algarve (South) 


Award-winning destination

Portugal's alluring southern coast is known for its golden-sand beaches, jaw-droppingly beautiful cliffs and caves, world-class golfing, and beautiful seaside resorts, but there's so much more to love about the sunny Algarve! In fact, over the years, the Algarve has accumulated various accolades for everything from its top-notch diving and golf resorts to its thrilling attractions and sweeping beaches. 


Presentations are dismissed when it comes to the Algarve's amazing beaches

Standout coastline

The beaches of the Algarve are the biggest draw and deserve a gold star. Over 150 beaches line the region's beautiful coastline, along with hidden coves, craggy inlets, and picturesque crescent-shaped bays. Families and couples alike flock to the region to surf, swim or observe the ocean life in its crystal-clear turquoise waters, enjoy Michelin-star meals at chic bars and restaurants along the coast, or head out to explore the area on a hike. 


And lovely Greek-lookalike villages

As you travel across the Algarve, amidst its hills and plains filled with places of great ecological interest, rich in biodiversity and ecosystems, you will feel as though you are passing through an area full of different traditions, unchanged for many centuries.


How gorgeous are the Benagil Caves? Keep the Algarve in mind for sunny vacations

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