If there is a paradise, it might look like Barreta Island, the official name for a beach better known as Deserta ("Deserted"), in Faro. It has a population of one (the Estaminé restaurant, a fixture since 1987), it is the southernmost point of continental Portugal, and its 3.3km of immaculate sand prove that you can still find quiet areas in the Algarve.
It is at the tip of Europe, between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, and has a bit of everything that’s good: beaches, mountains, lively cities like Porto and Lisbon, quiet villages full of history and ancient traditions—are you ready to tackle the best things to do in Portugal?
With a coast that stretches 943 kilometres and almost the equivalent of that in beaches, this rectangle of land is a world waiting to be discovered. It has a little over 10 million inhabitants, spread between the continent and the two beautiful archipelagos located in the middle of the ocean: the nine island paradise called Azores, and the almost tropical Madeira (with its sidekick Porto Santo, a small island that practically has a single season all year round—the summer—and where Christopher Columbus lived and got married).
Land of good food and good wine, we give you 22 reasons to discover Portugal.
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