Portugal is a hidden gem with fewer tourists. I see this changing, but as of my last trip, there were few tourists, and seeing a less touristy country was incredible.
It is easy to go to off-the-beaten-path places in Portugal. There are many ancient cities in Portugal, and the landscape is very diverse.
I love sweet wine, and it can be hard to find many sweet wines. In Portugal, that is not the case; there are many sweet wines of all types. If you love wine, especially sweet wine, and ports, you will love the wines in Portugal.
There are all types of wines and wineries with ports and many other incredible drinks.
Tip if you want to try the wine, there are now river cruises, many of them wine-themed sailings in Portugal.
Douro River Cruise
Spend 8 days going down the Douro River taking in the fantastic views of the Portuguese countryside.
The local warmth is amazing. I have met some of the most incredible people in Portugal. The locals are super welcoming and the service is amazing.
I had some of the best food of my life and all the different types. There are really neat food tours. I loved the food tours in Portugal.
The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. The islands are characterized by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures, and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. São Miguel, the largest, has lake-filled calderas and the Gorreana Tea Plantation. Pico is home to the 2,351m Mt. Pico and vineyards sheltered by boulders.
This is a unique and easy to get to the destination from the United States.
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