For some reason(especially after the release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), Spain has gained immense popularity amongst the regular Indian travelers who like to spend their summers in the neat retreats under the lush boughs of Europe, because well going to U.S. is too passe. Though the United Kingdom, cities like Paris, Vienna, and others have gained immense popularity, somehow a country has always eluded this less noisy neighbor from the Iberian Peninsula. Yes, I am talking about Portugal.
Portugal was a country of explorers and were the first Europeans to set foot in our country(Feedfad History Lesson #1: Vasco da Gama was the first European to enter our country), and in this manner and weary of their travels, they developed into one of the most sophisticated and refined cultures in the world. Instead of exploring nowadays, they have resorted to letting explorers come over and enjoy their hospitality. Though it took time for the travelers to get over their obsession for Spain and Spanish Sherry, the modern day equivalents of Hermes have now turned their heel towards the west of Iberia.
Places to visit in Portugal
Though there are a lot of destinations one could visit in Europe, and it was really difficult for us to choose between the cities, but we have finally shortlisted a few for you to add to your itinerary.
Though better known for its excellence in the manufacture of port wine and is one of the busiest ports in Europe. Distributed like a lavish spread on the hillside and located on the banks of the Douro river, this place is the ideal place Albert Camus would describe as a city with “an Old World Charm” with its amazing cafe culture and narrow streets lined with Merchant Houses.
A beach opening up to the Mediterranean sea, wonderful climate, and a beautiful town replete with historic sites, this could be the avid description of, let us say-heaven. Add to that a fabulous cuisine and affordable prices, we have something better then heaven-Algarve. It is a place resplendent with vernal tranquility with olive groves, wild windswept villages, and an exquisite naturally formed landscape.
Lying on the edge of the Targus River, this city could have been used in the place of Paris while Jean-Paul Sartre was writing Nausea, but unfortunately the only famous reference it got was Poème sur le désastre de Lisbonne by Voltaire. Quaint little alleys, a maze of cobblestone-lined streets and Gothic Cathedrals. Also, you don’t need to hire a taxi to explore this city; just hop onto a tram and to do it the old-school way. The only thing this city lacks is, apparently it has no minstrels to sing its praises.