Traveling alone? 5 Places in Portugal
Traveling alone is a way of exploring the world, more and more appreciated and sought, it can be one of the best ways to challenge and surpass yourself and to get to know yourself better and meet other people. When you travel with a group, you get to know the group but when you travel alone, you interact more with people.
Portugal is an excellent destination for those who decide on a different kind of holiday and prefer to explore the country alone. Although being a small country, it has a lot to offer.
You can go from mountain and beach landscapes to quiet plains and cosmopolitan cities. And always safely, as Portugal is known as one of the safest countries in the world.
Besides people’s kindness, you won’t have any problem with the language as almost everybody speaks a second language, especially English and French.
Here, you can find a list of 5 perfect places in Portugal for traveling alone, but we guarantee that you will never feel lonely.
The capital of Portugal, one of the most luminous cities of Europe, the capital of Fado and with its typical quarters. An elegant and cosmopolitan city, but also vibrant and young, that you will feel like strolling through, to get to know the streets, relax at the cafes and enjoy the mild evenings and the unique motion of this city.
It is worth walking around with no haste, walk-in Chiado, and to know all the emblematic cafes and shops of this elegant quarter. To continue to discover the town and to stop by the river, next to Terreiro do Paço, to admire the town lightened by the Tagus River. Go up to the Castle and enjoy one of the town’s most beautiful views.
Gastronomy is very rich, with several influences like Arabic and African so, you can choose a gastronomic tour to get to know better the more genuine culture and traditions.
In the north of the country, Porto is in fashion and sought by tourists all over the world, which is perfectly understandable when you visit the city. Porto has magnificent architecture, people are nice and friendly, the food is delicious and has quite good prices.
The city is lively in every street and, at night, is even more beautiful and vibrant. It is worth visiting places like the typical Ribeira, strolling by the waterfront till the elegant Foz do Douro, where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean, to mingle in the young and cheerful environment, that the city offers at night. And, in Porto, you must allow yourself a moment to meet the river and the famous Port Wine.
A nice fishing village, the world is known as a perfect destination for Surf.
You can’t separate Peniche from the sea, so the main attractions of this beautiful place are natural and the fantastic beaches which are worth discovering.
And, just here, really close, you can go to Berlengas Island, a Nature Reserve with clear waters from where you can spot the beautiful village of Óbidos, one of the most picturesque and well-preserved villages in Portugal.
At the end of the day, you can try gastronomy, also influenced by the sea. In your own company (the best) enjoy the fish stew or the seafood rice with a nice wine from this region.
In Alentejo, a friendly fishing village with its white houses. A perfect place for those who like nature, peace, beaches, and the sea. It is worth visiting for its craggy and hidden beaches, which you can find along the coast, and are ideal to go for long walks by the sea. The atmosphere of the village in the evenings is also very friendly and welcoming.
A very special place to relax and to enjoy the fantastic sunsets and to discover a Portugal where time runs slower.
In the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, a nature destination, perfect to travel either alone or with a company, what matters is to discover this Paradise.
The Azores Archipelago is composed by 9 islands: Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, São Miguel, Santa Maria, Ilha de Flores and Corvo.
Here you can hike, stopping at the countless viewpoint with stunning views, beautiful lakes situated in the craters of dormant volcanos, mysterious caves, and fields carefully cultivated. You can swim with the dolphins, swim in a volcanic origin swimming pool, to get to know the strong traditions, like the dances and songs and the religious beliefs of these simple and friendly people.
These are some suggestions of places to discover in Portugal, but there are a lot more to know. If you like to travel on your own, you should include Portugal in your plans.
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