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Looking to visit Portugal? Here are 5 reasons why you should.

Needing a break away from reality? Find out why Portugal is the perfect place for your next trip. Whether you’re looking for a city break or a week in the sun, you’ll find somewhere you love to stay. With great food, lovely people and a huge amount of beaches and history to mull over. You’ll be spoilt for things to do in the amazing cities of Portugal. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Portugal.

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The cities

Portugal is known for having many beautiful cities including Lisbon which is the largest city in the country and of course, is one of the most well-known cities in Portugal. Porto, Aveiro and Sintra are also top destinations to visit. If you’re looking for a place to stay whilst in Portugal it’s worth deciding what you’re looking for first.

Each city is known for something special, Aveiro has a network of canals and has been referred to as the “Venice of Portugal”. Porto is full of bright colours, historic sites and for it’s port. It would be rude not to try the port which is on offer. Sintra is known for its fairytale-like buildings and castles. With Pena Palace being a place you must visit.

Once you’ve decided on the city, then decide on accommodation and the time of year which you’re looking to go. For those looking to go after the summer holidays, the temperatures are decent in September and October too. Whether you’re looking to stay in a hotel or a Villa (which involves your own private pool), check out Villa Plus.

The beaches

With over 300 beaches that have first-rate conditions in Portugal which give you plenty of choices and wherever you stay there is likely to be a beach nearby. There are stretches of golden sand and beautiful sea. If you’re interested in finding out more about the best beaches Portugal has to offer, check out Visit Portugal for some further information.

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The food

The food in Portugal is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean and are one of the nations that consume the most fish in the world. With so many fish dishes to try, dependent on the city you visit, a speciality dish is likely to be recommended.

If you’re visiting Porto and fish isn’t your bag, you need to try their staple food. The Francesinha is a sandwich made from layers of ham, sausage and steak. Then topped with a fried egg and covered in thick creamy cheese sauce and served with fries. Not for the faint-hearted for sure.

The people

The Portuguese are known for being some of the friendliest people around. A country which is keen to chat and learn the language of those who visit. You’ll feel right at home wherever you choose to stay. Picking up some key phrases before you visit will go a long way. Whether you’re looking for recommendations or to chat football, you’ll find so many lovely people willing to have a chat.

Value for money

With the weather still being amazing into October, you can visit Portugal outside of peak time and still get a fantastic break. Whether you’re looking for a few days in the sun or a week away, finding somewhere in Portugal to stay on a budget is pretty easy. As long as you do your research beforehand.

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