When summer approaches, co-workers ‘fight’ in order to secure the ideal dates for their summer break. Going to Portugal every summer is a recurrent dream for many adults.
Things would be easier for everyone if people realised that Portugal is equally if not more breathtaking during autumn. The temperate climate of the region allows people to enjoy both sunny days and the spectacular sight of nature transforming, of the world acquiring reddish, orange and brown colours and hues. There are many cities in Portugal that are worth visiting in autumn. Below, you will learn about our favourite ones.
We will start our list safe, but the beauty of the capital of Portugal is timeless. In September and even in October, the weather is excellent in order for you to explore the city on foot, to visit its awesome flea markets, to spend time in nature by visiting the nearby beaches or mountains. If it starts drizzling, it will be a great opportunity to enter a cool museum, like the National Tile Museum, the Fado Museum, which recounts the rich history of the national music style called fado, and the MUDE, a museum about contemporary culture, fashion and design. Of course, a stop at a local restaurant or a coffee shop is equally important.
One more Portuguese city that is an ideal travel destination all year round is Porto. Although the whole country is full of excellent vineyards, Porto is the city with the greatest wine legacy. No matter what time of year you find yourself there, wine experts will be on duty, and they will be more than happy to let you in on their fascinating work. Of course, you will get the chance to try some of the best local wines along with excellent food at the restaurants in the region. If you are a fan of wine, you should definitely hire a car and explore the whole Douro Valley. You can find the best car in terms of size and cost on Enjoy Travel and book it in no time online. Then, you will be able to visit mesmerising cities like Lamego, Pinhão and Pocinho.
Going to the north of Portugal, Braga is a city and a municipality that is famous for its Roman Catholic churches and its rich history. Whether you are interested in religious or spiritual tourism or you are a history buff, Braga will satisfy all your needs this autumn. After visiting all the chapels, churches, cathedrals and monasteries there, you should drink a cup of coffee at the Praça da República, stroll around the garden of Santa Barbara, have a tour of the Palace of Raio and check out the Braga Municipal Stadium.
Another popular summer destination is Albufeira. But even in autumn there are many things you can do there and have the time of your life. Not many tourists are still there, so you will have all the sandy beaches, the impressive cliffs and the hiking trails all to yourself. The weather is still nice and summery, so you can swim in praia dos Salgados, wander around the old town of Albufeira and admire the sunset at Miradouro do Pau da Bandeira.