Portugal is like the quiet middle child. It’s overshadowed and squished off to the side by uber popular Spain and France, but the country offers loads of mischievously thrilling things to do, see and explore, all with far less attention from the rest of the world.
At the heart of the country lies Lisbon; not an overwhelming city to navigate, but with enough switchbacks, turns and surprises to keep you entertained for several days. While in Portugal, don’t miss the vibrant northern city of Porto, quaint villages like Sintra, or taking some time to shred waves off the epic coastline.
When to Go: High season is July-August and very hot temperatures are common. Spring and fall are the shoulder season with better prices and smaller crowds. Low season is December-March, with rainy days and freezing temperatures in some regions.
Good to Know:
- Capital: Lisbon
- Population: 10 million
- Language: Portuguese
- Currency: Euro