Madeira, Lisbon and Porto, the other areas of Portugal

Portugal has always been a popular holiday destination, with an average of 13 million holiday makers visiting each year. Many beach lovers flock to the golden shores of the Algarve for easy going and affordable holidays. However, in this post I wanted to focus on the other regions of Portugal that are also well worth visiting. We have some fantastic flight routes with TAP Portugal, flying direct to Lisbon, Madeira and Porto from most major airports, which you really should take advantage of  sooner rather than later! So without further ado, here’s the low-down on some other key areas of Portugal.

Lisbon- Portugal

Holidays to Lisbon
The capital of the country has certainly increased in popularity over the years and is now recognised as the 16th most popular European city. You’ll find Lisbon has a cool edgy feel to it, whilst still keeping its historic charm. Street art is incredibly popular here and there are plenty of photo opportunities to capture some uber cool shots. Foodies will be satisfied with the huge range of restaurants and food markets, the seafood is highly is recommended and it’s also resident to ‘the best chocolate cake in the world’. History buffs will love the Torre de Belém, a UNESCO world heritage site, which is a Gothic tower that dates back to the 1500s. There are also plenty of museums and art galleries to explore. Lisbon has a great nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and clubs, many of which host live music. For shopping, look no further than the trendy LX Factory, which is a disused factory-turned shopping centre. Rua de São Bento is also worth checking out if you like antique and bric-a-brac hunting. So that’s Lisbon in a nutshell, it’s an amazing and cosmopolitan city that won’t disappoint! We have over 432 hotels in Lisbon, so I’m confident you’ll find something for your taste and budget.

Madeira

Holidays to Madeira
Madeira is a beautiful archipelago just 400km north of Tenerife, which means it benefits from a tropical climate. Madeira is a very pretty island, with lots of greenery and quaint traditional villages. It’s earned the name of the ‘Floating Garden of the Atlantic’, and it’s easy to understand why when you see the lush landscape. Madeira is perfect for those who love nature, and you’ll find there are plenty of hiking opportunities with stunning cliff top views and dramatic waterfalls. Funchal is the capital of the island and is host to lovely colonial buildings and many wine bars and tavernas; you’ll also find lots of lovely seafood restaurants dotted around (locally sourced, naturally). Worth doing is booking a boat trip, where you can go whale and dolphin spotting, or take a cable car down to Rocha do Navio, where you can enjoy the breath taking views (without losing your breath), and arrive at one of the island’s only beaches. There are many gardens on the island worth visiting and it’s also famous for its wine. There are lots of lovely 4 and 5 star hotels on the island and you’ll find there are lots of options for Madeira hotels, with over 251 properties to choose from on the Travel Republic site.

Porto Portugal

Holidays to Porto
Porto is the second biggest city of Portugal (after Lisbon of course), and is also one of the oldest cities in Europe, which has gained it recognition with the UNESCO for its historical centre. The city is set alongside the Douro River, which means it has a range of boat tours and expeditions which enable you to view the city from the water. The Ribiera District is where to head to for the historical buildings and it also has a great choice of restaurants and bars. Porto is famous for its Port wine and you can take a wine tour of Vila Nova de Gaia (highly recommended). Porto has plenty of life when it gets dark and there are a range of late night bars and clubs in the main Ribiera area. If you want a quieter scene there are also several relaxed jazz bars.

Porto is a perfect city break and not to be underestimated – it’s famous port, historical landmarks and huge choice of restaurants and bars will satisfy any tourist. You can take your pick from over 192 hotels in Porto on the Travel Republic site, so what are you waiting for?

So there you have it, the other side of Portugal! Don’t forget you can book regular flights to all of these destinations, with TAP putting on daily flights across all major airports. I guess the big question now, is where to first?

Any top tips for these parts of Portugal?

 

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