There is a European country that has been slowly scaling up and is now not only one of the most popular destinations in Europe but in the World. Portugal has always been on the radar; its famous wines, local culture, and traditions have consistently been of global interest, but now Portugal is wearing a giant popularity crown.
Portugal has been stealing Spain, Italy, and France’s thunder, and has been offering travelers great experiences in the old continent during the past few years. This country has delicious food, great vineyards, gorgeous beaches, and the fascinating history travelers crave. This 2022, according to My Dolce Casa’s study, Portugal got first place as the favorite destination to move or retire for Americans.
And that’s not all. Condé Nast has recently announced that Portugal got first place as the best country in the world in the prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. Followed by Japan, Thailand, Singapore, India, and Greece in the ranking, this European destination was preferred among seasoned travelers.
People want to visit and even live in Portugal. Digital nomads have also been landing on Portuguese soil, as the country offers a digital nomad visa and has a famous digital nomad village in Madeira. But why is everyone interested in Portugal in 2022?
Portugal Has It All… And Cheaper!
For those looking for the European experience, Portugal has it all, and— compared to other popular European countries— for less money. And travelers can get there easily, there are three international airports, in Lisbon, Porto, and Faro.
The essential traditional meals like the famous pastel de nata—a tiny egg tart dessert charged with savory flavors— can cost just 1 dollar— at world-famous cafés and bakeries. There’s also the famous Porto wine that you can drink at one beautiful bar right in front of the Douro River in Porto and choose from a great variety of prices and taste the distinctive and less expensive local wines. People also enjoy the local fish Bacalhau and the Portuguese sardines and the popular pork sandwiches called bifanas.
Even though prices have increased during the past few years, Portugal is still very affordable. Renting cars is not an inexpensive option because gas prices have gone up, but trains and buses are practical and affordable. Between November and February, travelers can find very cheap accommodations at great locations.
The most popular cities, like Lisbon and Porto, offer free museums, festivals, and low-cost activities. There are options for all kinds of travelers, from wine-tasting tours to surfing to hikes to castle visits.
And those who want to save even more can also explore more unpopular destinations that also provide unique and magnificent experiences. The breathtaking beaches, the ancient and unique architecture, and the yummy local food can be found in many places.
Friendly People And Fascinating Destinations
Portugal has also been considered one of the friendliest countries in the world according to the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. The country in the first place is Ireland, but Portugal got the second spot. According to travelers, people in Portugal are welcoming, easy-going, and very friendly with tourists, but do avoid comparing their country to Spain. And, compared to French citizens, Portuguese habitants have a better reputation for their behavior towards foreign visitors.
There are so many cities to explore, but here are three of traveler’s favorite destinations in Portugal right now:
- Lisbon: The beautiful capital offers visitors impressive architecture, modern culture, great nightlife, and tasty food.
- Porto: This charming city has a beautiful river where colorful boats are constantly crossing. The local wine is a must, and visitors can explore fascinating gems like the Lello Library.
- Madeira: Very popular among digital nomads right now and a special experience for those who want to learn more about the local diversity. This archipelago offers beaches, historic attractions, botanical gardens and so much more.
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