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5 destinations in Portugal to go on vacation in 2022

After 2020 and 2021 marked by restrictions on international travel due to COVID, it is time to re-organize a vacation abroad.

However, sometimes you don’t have to go far to enjoy a different atmosphere and culture. For this reason, on this occasion, we are going to recommend 5 cities and towns in Portugal to go on vacation in 2022.

Of course, if you expect to find the most typical places in Portugal, this is not the case, since we have selected a list with some of the less typical Portuguese destinations, but which are worth knowing.

we remember you that Spaniards do not have to process an ETIAS online nor apply for a tourist visa to travel to Portugal. Instead, it will be enough with the DNI or passport to cross the border of the neighboring country.

Evora

Located 130 km from Lisbon and about 190 km from Huelva, Évora, known as the “City-Museum” is the only Portuguese city that appears in the list of the oldest European cities.

The city has some of the oldest monuments on the European continent, some of them dating back to Roman times and, fortunately, they are still standing.

Évora is a university city and full of tourists in summer, but if you can visit it in low season, you will be able to live it without the noise of the tourists and enjoy the most authentic Évora.

The gastronomy of the city has little to send ours, since wherever you go you will find incredible food, so if eating is your thing, Évora is a must stop for you.

In the Alentejo area you can also taste some of the best Portuguese wines, both red and white.

aveiro

Aveiro is only 68 km from Porto (480 km from Huelva) and is known as “the Portuguese Venice” due to all the canals, bridges and boats that circulate through the city.

This Portuguese city is known for its beaches, salt mines, canals and natural parks. Be sure to try the typical sweet from Aveiro, the Ovos Moles (soft eggs), a delight for the palate.

Around the city, there are other destinations that you can visit, such as Paiva and Mealhada, which have some of the best cuisine in the region and are also known for their hot springs.

Sure, if you’re going to travel to Portugal and you plan to arrive in Porto, it is highly recommended that you take a detour to get to know Aveiro.

behaves

Comporta is 120 km from Lisbon and about 230 km from Huelva. This town is located in the Alentejo region of Portugal and is an ideal place to enjoy an incredible vacation.

In recent years, Comporta has been filling tourist rental houses so that travelers from all over the world can get to know this environment of rice paths, sand dunes, the Atlantic Ocean and the pine forest.

A holiday in Comporta is ideal if your goal is to relax and enjoy nature. This little Portuguese town is also perfect for both surfers and hikers.

Caldas da Rainha

88 km from Lisbon, and about 400 km from Huelva, located on the Portuguese Silver Coast, Caldas da Rainha is known for its beautiful beaches, its incredible coastline and its fishing.

This destination, between the beach and the mountains, has many points of historical interest.

Caldas has some amazing historic towns around it. One of the neighboring historic towns is obidosknown for its castle that dates back to 1148 and is considered one of the 7 Portuguese wonders.

The other is Alcobaca, known to be one of the largest and most beautiful monasteries in Portugal. Just a 20 minute drive down the coast you can go to Nazaré, one of the beaches with the biggest waves in the world.

You won’t want to miss this little fishing village with a unique personality and incredible waves.

Sintra

Sintra is the closest city to Lisbon, about 30 km from the capital and 320 km from Huelva. Although Sintra is not one of those places unknown to tourists, it is certainly worth going and seeing everything that Sintra has to offer.

The city is full of palaces and castles and has one of the most beautiful palaces in all of Portugal, the Pena Palace, located right on top of the mountain. In winter, if it is cold and foggy, you will be able to see the palace floating between the ground and the clouds.

The amount of history and fantasy that surrounds this town makes it one of the most sought after places for those who visit Portugal.

If you go in low season you can avoid the crowds and you will not have to queue to enter the palaces. Without a doubt, a trip to Lisbon has to include a stop in Sintra.

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