Welcome to Portugal!
Portugal is one of my favorite countries in the world. And it’s certainly one of the most under-rated. Within the geographically-blessed continent that is Europe, Portugal takes a back seat to the pleasures of Italy, the famous landmarks of France, & Spanish tapas & beaches. Portugal offers much of the same, but with a little more down-to-earth charm & less pomp & circumstance. AND cheaper prices. Welcome to your Portugal Travel Guide…
When I think of Portugal, I think of bright yellow buildings & white cathedrals, & the seven hills of Lisbon ~ a city I truly love. Lisbon reminds me of San Francisco, with its steep hills & breathtaking views ~ yet it manages to have a bit more charm. Then there’s Sintra, about a 45-minute train ride away from Lisbon, with its beautiful views & sumptuous palaces. You may want to stay awhile…unless you feel like heading to the beach, in which case, you’ll want to fly or drive down to the Algarve ~ Portugal’s famous southern coast line. Or if wine-tasting is more to your liking, try heading to the Porto region, & visit some of its wine cellars or the many vineyards in the surrounding Douro Valley.
All of this & more awaits you in under-rated Portugal…..pack your bag, because we’re off!
Portugal Travel Overview
- Safety = VERY Safe! In fact, Portugal is the #3 Safest Country in the World! 99%
- Cost = One of the cheapest destinations in Western Europe 40%
- Adventures = Plenty ~ though most are of the more relaxed variety: wine-tasting, beach-combing, castle-gazing, etc. 85%
- How Safe I Felt as a Female Traveler = VERY Safe 99%
Portugal Travel Quick Facts!
- Portugal in One Word = Bright.
- Portugal in One More Word = Friendly.
- Wi-Fi = Wi-Fi is available in Lisbon & major cities, but will be harder to find in more rural & off-the-beaten path Portugal travel.
- Global Peace Ranking = #3 out of 163 countries (U.S. is #103) = One of the SAFEST countries in the entire world, & the safest country in all of Europe ~ except for Iceland.
- Hotels = Considerably cheaper than the rest of Western Europe, & much cheaper than the U.S.
- Must-Do’s = Wander Lisbon’s colorful streets. Listen to fado music in Lisbon’s lively Bairro Alto. Marvel at the beautiful yellow palace in Sintra. Fly out to the Azores. Sip wine in the Porto district. Find the Temple of Diana in Evora. Stay in a Portuguese castle, known as “Pousadas.”
- Is Portugal Good for Solo Travelers = Yes. Portugal is one of the best places in the world for solo travel ~ in terms of both safety & price. And it’s not overwhelmed with tourists, which for must travelers is a plus. The only detractor is that Portuguese is a difficult language to pick up, & most locals don’t know English.
- What to Expect as a Female Traveler = Expect bright buildings, a laid-back vibe, & friendly locals who are helpful, even if they don’t understand your language. You may experience rowdy youngsters in the Bairro Alto (Lisbon bar district), but other than that, Portugal has a very relaxed, non-machismo vibe.
- Would I Go Back = Yes!!! I could retire here…