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Are you planning a trip to Portugal?

If so, you should consider exploring all the amazing cities Portugal has to offer. From vibrant Lisbon to laid-back Lagos, there are so many amazing places to visit in Portugal.

Each city is unique and provides travellers with something different. No matter what type of traveller you are, there is something for everyone when you visit Portugal.

In this blog post, we will explore the 5 must-visit cities in Portugal for every traveller. Come along with us as we explore Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Ericeira and Lagos!

Lisbon – the capital

As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. This vibrant city has a little bit of everything for visitors to explore, from the beaches and buzzing city centre to the breathtaking monuments, such as the Torre de Belém. From here, you can enjoy a coffee and a pastéis de nata while taking in the view of the 25 de Abril bridge, which has a similar design to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Lisbon has plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from; we particularly recommend the Flor dos Jeronimos cafe which offers traditional Portuguese food that will leave you wanting more.

For those travelling with families, Jardim Zoologica is an ideal day out; unlike many other zoos, this one has a vast area for you to explore and even shows featuring the animals in action.

Lisbon offers a unique experience for tourists and should not be missed out on if you are visiting Portugal. From cultural attractions to gastronomic experiences, Lisbon has something for everyone to enjoy. So why not plan your visit now and discover what Lisbon has to offer in terms of tourism?

Porto – the wine city

Straddling the Douro River, Porto was the former capital city of Portugal and offers something for everyone. From its rich history, incredible architecture and narrow streets that showcase the local community, you will be in awe of this beautiful city.

One of the most popular spots to visit is Mercador, which serves up a tasty and vibrant menu to satisfy your tastebuds. Whilst you’re in the area, you should definitely take the opportunity to sample some of the delicious Port wine by going on one of the many wine tours available. It’s a great way to socialise with people from different countries and learn about the local wines and culture.

After your tour, head over to one of the many souvenir shops to purchase a memento of your time in Porto. Whether it’s a bottle of port, a postcard or something more unique, you’ll be able to find something that will remind you of your time in this amazing city.

Douro river - Porto

Coimbra – the university town

This town is not circled on most tourist maps, but it has plenty to offer thanks to its university and nightlife.

Bar Diligência and A Capella, located in 1364’s former church, are two places where you can listen to traditional Fado music. There is nothing quiet about Quebra Costas. The place gets packed with patrons and the musicians play in the middle of the crowd. Those who prefer a quieter atmosphere should head to Fangas Veg, an artsy bar, or to the much larger Galeria Santa Clara, a tea house during the day that turns into a bar at night. DJs play at Feito Conceito, beer lovers flock to Praxis, and everyone enjoys Pinga Amor.

The best way to find out where to party is to ask a student. There are a number of bars and clubs to choose from, so it’s hard to go wrong.

University of Coimbra - Portugal

Ericeira – the surfing paradise

Ericeira is a small fishing village located just 30km north of Lisbon, Portugal. It has become known as one of the most popular surfing destinations in Europe. With miles of unspoiled beaches and consistent waves, Ericeira is the perfect spot for surfers and non-surfers alike.

Not only is Ericeira a great spot to catch some waves, but there’s also plenty to do off the beach. Visitors can wander through the cobblestoned streets and explore the many cafes, restaurants, bars, and galleries. There’s also a thriving nightlife scene in Ericeira that caters to both locals and visitors.

One of the most popular events in Ericeira is the Sea Urchin Festival. Every year during the summer, locals and visitors gather to celebrate the fresh catch of sea urchins. The event features traditional music and dancing, along with local delicacies such as grilled sardines and stewed octopus. It’s a great way to get a taste of the Portuguese culture and enjoy some of the freshest seafood around.

Whether you’re looking to catch some waves or soak up the culture, Ericeira is a must-visit destination for every traveller. With its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine, Ericeira is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Surfing in Ericeira

Lagos – the gateway to the Algarve

Located on the beautiful southern coast of Portugal, Lagos is the gateway to the Algarve region. This popular tourist destination is home to some of the country’s most stunning golden beaches, serene coves and pristine bays. It’s easy to understand why people flock here to relax, soak up the sun and indulge in some of the best water sports activities in Europe.

For those looking to stay a little longer, Lagos offers a range of attractions and activities to suit all tastes. From scuba diving and kayaking to exploring the historic city centre, there’s plenty to do and see in Lagos. The city is also home to several golf courses, making it a great place for avid golfers.

Many of our clients choose to relocate to Lagos, thanks to its idyllic setting and laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a holiday or a permanent move, Lagos should be at the top of your list of must-visit destinations in Portugal.

Lagos - the Algarve

How RHJ Accountants can help

Are you planning a trip to Portugal? RHJ Accountants can help make your vacation even more enjoyable. We offer a variety of services to help make your stay in Portugal as stress-free as possible.

If you’re considering a move to Portugal, our Expat Visa page can provide insight into the various visa options available. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure your transition into a new country is seamless.

If you are already living in Portugal, we can provide assistance with taxes, real estate, insurance, and other matters. Our knowledgeable and experienced international team will help ensure that everything is taken care of so that you can focus on exploring the beautiful country of Portugal.

Our team is here to ensure that you have a stress-free experience while in Portugal and beyond. Contact us today to find out how we can help make your stay in Portugal even more enjoyable!

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