Top Tips for Your First Visit to Portugal

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This southern European country certainly doesn't lack architectural or natural beauty. It's no wonder you want to visit Portugal.

There are always things to see and do. Where should you begin? These are the top recommendations to visit this magnificent nation for the first time.

Places to visit

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, full of vibrant culture, historical sights, and friendly natives. It is an ideal place in the nation to enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine and live entertainment. Fado performances are traditional in Lisbon. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to Portuguese folk music!

Batalha Portugal

Batalha

Batalha is one of Europe's most phenomenal Gothic churches. Because of its significance, the church is a monument to the World Heritage. When you walk into the church, you'll notice all the details and stained glass windows right away.

The Abbey of Santa Maria

If you wish, wander through this historical site for hours as it is Europe's most significant building of the Cistercian order. There's a lot to see, including a monastery, seven dorms, the kitchen, the library, and the church.

Beaches

The beaches along the Portuguese coast provide some of the most stunning beaches you'll ever encounter. Don't shy away from your explorations; take a break to relax on the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream. The best beaches are in the Algarve region, in Sagres, in Aveiro, in the Praia da Adraga.

Popular dishes and foods

Arroz de Cabidela

This chicken blood rice is a favorite of the natives in Portugal, but it might sound a little weird at first.  Arroz de Cabidela can also be made with rabbit and rabbit blood.

Alheira

This delightful lunch includes sausage and french fries, typically prepared with fried eggs.

Bacalhau A Bras

Shredded cod is sauteed to perfection and served with onion, straw-fried potatoes, eggs, garlic, and parsley.

Arroz Doce

This fare is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth, as it's an authentic Portuguese dessert. This creamy rice pudding is topped with caramel custard and cinnamon to burst out the flavor.

Caldo Verde

Treat yourself to this fantastic soup on chilly nights. It's just potatoes, shredded kale, and onions, cooked in garlic and olive oil, yet it certainly doesn't lack taste!

Must have coffees and pastries

Pastel de nata

You have to try a custard tart in Lisbon; they're famous for them.

Let's start planning your stay in Portugal now that you have some of our top tips for your first trip there! The nation's food options and breathtaking sights will amaze you!

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