Things are starting to look more hopeful in 2022, especially international travel. There is growing confidence among UK travellers after months of uncertainty as travel restrictions have been relaxed and holiday bookings are on the rise. Many countries are also in a much better position than previously, Portugal being one of them, which is good news for holidaymakers worldwide.
Portugal is one of the top holiday destinations in southern Europe, bordering Spain, known for delicious food, surfing spots, golden sandy beaches and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The country is also blessed with natural and cultural beauty, so there is a lot to discover and experience within its beautiful cities, towns, villages and surroundings. And below, we’ve listed our top 3 places to visit in Portugal for the summer 2022 –
The Algarve, for the sun, sea and sand
Dramatic landscapes, traditional whitewashed fishing villages where you can use your fishing hook removal tools, pristine coastlines and sandy beaches, world-renowned golf resorts, rich and diverse wildlife, the Algarve has something to offer to everyone. No wonder this southernmost region of Portugal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
This coastal region consists of lively cities, rural towns and traditional fishing villages, filled with historical architecture, delightful views, good food and friendly vibes. From the cobbled streets of Faro, the region’s capital, to unique architectural buildings and stunning beaches of Lagos, there is history and cultural beauty to be found in every corner of the region. For nature lovers, there is the Sagres peninsula, where many visitors come to witness the autumn migration of different bird species as they head to Africa for winter.
Nazaré, for surfing and seaside views
There is no other place better than Nazaré for surfers and enthusiasts. This small fishing town on the Atlantic coast is world-renowned for its big wave surfing, where the ferocious and unpredictable waves can reach up to 100 ft in height. The formation of the underwater Nazaré Canyon, combined with the local sea current, produces these massive, powerful waves. And riding these nature’s fury is not for the faint-hearted.
While high-wave surfing and surf watching are popular activities in Nazare, the town is also known for its famous white sandy beaches, which are surrounded by dramatic cliff tops and lush greenery. It is also one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast and has some of the best seafood restaurants in the region.
The Azores, for sustainable ecotourism and adventure
The Azores are one of Europe’s best-kept secrets; an explorer’s paradise in the middle of the vast blue ocean. This hidden gem is made of nine islands and many islets, moulded and shaped through ancient volcanic and underwater seismic activity resulting in distinct geological characteristics in each of the islands. In addition, many parts of the Azores have been designated as protected areas or marine reserves, which are home to many endemic plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Hiking is the most popular activity in the Azores as there is something to discover in every footstep and something to explore in every part of the islands. From volcanic caves, cones and craters to towering waterfalls, mountains and ridges, the Azores archipelago is filled with stunning natural landscapes teeming with life. The islands are also one of the best spots for whale and dolphin watching as many cetacean travellers pass through the islands on their migratory journey. And it has some of the best diving locations in the Atlantic. Besides scuba diving, many visitors also come to these islands for other water sports and land-based activities, from sailing and kayaking to horse riding and mountain biking.
Still, there are many other places to discover and things to do in Portugal. One only has to venture beyond the capital city of Lisbon to truly experience the authenticity and historical beauty that Portugal has to offer. And if you plan on visiting Portugal this summer, consider purchasing suitable holiday insurance for the trip. It will not only protect your travel plans from trip cancellations, but it will also cover lost or stolen belongings and medical emergencies and expenses while you’re away.