Touristy or not touristy is the question
Green lush countryside and dramatic coasts with white sandy beaches (a bit like the East coast of Tas).
Porto is a big old city with a lot of touristy things to see like churches etc.
Coimbra - apparently the big student capital with a lot of fun parties. If you are there in the beginning of May there is an 8 day festival!
Lisboa - great city with a lot of night-life and thriving student population in Barrio Alto and Chiado
Sintra - beautiful castle on a hill with a really quaint little town on the side of the hill.
Sines - castle and beaches, great place to go to relax
The Algarve is the main tourist area in Portugal, if you enjoy seeing red raw English tourist this is for you. However it is also a crazy party area.
Also there are towns like Lagos which are much more relaxing and cruisey. over 8 years ago
I highly recommend Sintra, a small historical city just outside of Lisbon. It's where the monarchy used to live and has a very beautiful castle.
Lagos in teh very south is a great coastal party town but very touristed. Still it offers a fun place to meet fellow travellers and do some ocean kayaking by the amazing grottos. over 8 years ago
I loved everywhere I went in Portugal. You have to go to Lagos, there are these HUGE cliffs that are right on the beach and it is so beautiful. Another beach in the south that is not toursity (because Lagos is a little) is Faro. It was such a relaxed atmosphere.
Another amazing place that I would highly recommend is Oporto. It is so beautiful and there is a lot to see. Check out the river area for a day but spend the rest of your time out in the less touristy area near the college area. I met and partied with the coolest local. There is this bar that has a hostel on to of it and that's where we stayed and we had a great time! Everyone was so friendly and if you can speak spanish, they can understand you. Lisboa was also soo much fun but in a completely different way. Only go to Lisboa if you enjoy the city life. over 8 years ago
If you can go to the northwest of the country as well, and visit Peneda-Gerês National Park, it's amazing! There are beautiful cities in that region... go to Guimarães (where the country was born in the 12th century!).
The southwest coast (between Lisboa and Sagres) is one of my favourite parts too! It's a national park and you can find some really beautiful beaches (some more crowded and some desert ones) and really nice coastal towns with good seafood (Sines, Porto Côvo, Zambujeira do Mar, Aljezur...). There are a few summer festivals in that region, I recommend FMM in Sines (world music festival).
Another beautiful place for you to go is a village called Óbidos, 2 hours driving from Lisboa. The village is surrounded by a castle and its walls and there are two nice festivals every year - The International Festival of Chocolate in March and the Medieval Fair in July.
Anyway, try Ginginha, a liqueur made with local cherries served in a chocolate glass ;)
Enjoy! over 8 years ago
Cascais is lovely place to visit. The town of Cascais is seated on a sandy bay on the Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful village is 25 km from Lisbon, the Estoril Coast. The city is divided into six parishes, among which Carcavelos, Estoril and Cascais itself. The beauty of Cascais can be seen in its old buildings and ruins. But Cascais also highlights, of course, for its beaches and activities that can be performed there as windsurfing. In addition to the exciting nightlife that the city has. Cascais is a great city to spend a beach holiday. Get a few days to get away and live in one of the apartments in Cascais, where you see, for example, the sea, is a dream that can become reality. To access Cascais, we can do it by train or by car from Lisbon. Once in the city and to move through it, it's best to visit on foot or on bike or a car. We can also meet motorcycle, which facilitates movement
through the city. Not to be missed boat ride in the harbor. I visited this place in my summer vacation. I am great thankful of carrentalcascais.com to provide great help to explore Cascais. about 4 years ago
I loved Evora. Stay within the old walls. The people of Setubal are proud of their fishing village heritage. Every town in the center of the country has a castle. The wine is cheap and fantastic. Do not skip all the history in Lisbon. You can walk or take the public transport everywhere. We did not go to oporto. We are in Spain, now, instead. We are heading back to Lisbon soon. about 4 years ago
I love to share my experience here regarding Portugal tour as i went there for an family tour for around 1 month. its an awesome place to visit. Places like Lisbon, Algarve and Sintra are world famous for their exotic beauty.
I suggest you to hire an travelling guide that will assist you a lot during your tour and for gaining information regarding hiring various tour guides for different countries visit http://www.tourhq.com/
Miranda about 4 years agoAnswered by Miranda via Tripping