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Why This Popular European Destination Is Perfect For A Summer Getaway

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It's no secret that this summer is going to be an extremely busy time to travel to Europe.

According to Allianz Partners, a travel insurance company, the number of Americans traveling to Europe this summer has surged 55% compared to the summer of 2022.

Woman standing at scenic overlook in Portugal

Among the most popular European travel destinations for Americans this summer are cities like London, Paris, and Rome.

Still within the top 10 most popular destinations, but further down on the list, is Lisbon, Portugal. While Portugal has certainly been increasing in popularity in recent years, it still remains a somewhat underrated spot for American travelers.

Here are the best reasons to visit Portugal this summer:

Porto Portugal

1. Affordable Prices

Portugal is by far the most affordable country in Western Europe. According to the travel planning tool BudgetYourTrip, you can expect to spend around $149 per day on a trip to Portugal.

Compare that to other popular destinations like France ($257), the United Kingdom ($191), Italy ($182), and even Spain ($166), and it's clear that Portugal is a much better option for budget-conscious travelers.

You can save money on hotels, food, and transportation in Portugal compared to other Western Europe destinations. While summer is still the most expensive time to visit Portugal, you'll find it's considerably cheaper than neighboring countries this summer.

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Breakfast in Lisbon

2. Great Cities

Lisbon is one of the top destinations in Portugal. This capital city has beautiful and ornate architecture, incredible views, and a laid-back atmosphere. You can explore Lisbon's hilly streets by tram or check out historic attractions like castles and monasteries.

However, there's more to Portugal than just Lisbon. Porto is another one of the best cities in the country that should not be missed. Located in the northern part of the country, this city is famous for its port wine. Porto is another beautiful and historic city with tons of things to do.

colorful houses on a Street in Faro, Portugal.

3. Great Beaches

Outside of its fantastic cities, Portugal is known for its beautiful beaches. If you're looking for a classic European summer getaway, Portugal is the perfect place.

The Algarve region in the south is one of the best beach destinations in Portugal. Lagos is a great place to base yourself to explore nearby beaches. The beaches in the Algarve are known for their sandy shores and clear blue waters.

For surfers, the beaches north of Lisbon, including Peniche and Ericeira, are best for catching some great waves.

Portugal Beach

4. Summer Weather

If you love sunshine, Portugal is the place to be. It's one of the sunniest countries in Europe and was named as having the number one best climate in the world by International Living.

Summers in Portugal are long, sunny, and warm. While it certainly gets hot in Portugal, many parts of the country enjoy a milder climate compared to destinations that are absolutely scorching during the summer.

Cities like Lisbon and Porto benefit from being on the Atlantic coast, which means they enjoy a nice sea breeze that keeps things cooler.

Aerial View Of Carvoeiro Beach, Algarve, Portugal

5. Great For A “Workcation”

If you want to extend your summer travels in Europe, Portugal is a great place to work remotely. Taking a “workcation” (where you extend your vacation by working remotely at the beginning or end of your trip) is becoming more and more popular.

Portugal is the top destination in Europe for remote workers due to its affordable prices and fast Internet connection speeds.

It's also only five hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, meaning a 9-to-5 worker could work from 2-to-10 in Portugal — plenty of time to explore in the mornings and enjoy a late dinner after work!

Panoramic view of Lisbon at sunset, Portugal

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Monday 15th of May 2023

We just came back from the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto...Albufeira was my favorite of all the spots we visited! I can't wait to go back!

Frank Smith

Sunday 14th of May 2023

Just got back from 3 weeks there. Beaches are great, but Lisbon and Porto are being overrun with tourists, and the season has just begun. Forget parking in Sintra. It’s pretty, but the old charm is fading fast.