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Portugal: One of the Most Romantic Honeymoon Destination
By Cassie Galasetti

Portugal was founded in 1143, making it one of the oldest countries in Europe. It’s located in the Southwest of the country which gives some of the most beautiful weather. On average, there are 2,799 hours of sunshine a year, so any time of the year is a great time to visit.

Portugal is known for being a safe country, which can be an extremely important factor when picking a honeymoon destination. It’s also a relatively compact country allowing you to visit many different cities and villages during your time there. Flights from America are relatively cheap as well, incase you’re trying to save a little money.

Some of the more popular destinations include Madeira, Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve. In Madeira expect to find an amazing array of plants and flowers, volcanic caves, lava tubes, orchid gardens, massive sea walls, botanical gardens, and endless amounts of scenic perfection. Madeira is an island full of culture, amazing hiking possibilities, and delectable gourmet food, so you’ll have plenty to do and see!

Porto is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Portugal – not only for its coastal location but for its buzzing nightlife. The region is known for the production of Port, which is still stored in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River. You can find many tasting tours in The Ribeira district, which is the oldest district of the city. Just taking a stroll through this streets will leave you amazed with its beautiful ancient houses, narrow cobbled streets and numerous family owned restaurants, cafes and bars.

Also a coastal city is Lisbon. Lisbon is rich in history as it is the second oldest city in Europe. Lisbon is known for its yellow trams and is full of tuk-tuks ready to take you up the seven hills that make up city. Checking out the Fado music is also a must. Fado is the traditional style of music that’s described as soulful and often has a melancholy tone, and can be found playing around the streets and in cafes and restaurants. Lisbon is also known for being the best budget city. While you can get excellent quality food, great accommodation, and nightlife, you’ll get it for a fraction of the cost!

Last but certainly not least is the The Algarve. It’s the southern most part of Portugal and should be on your must-see list! This region is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you are a surfing couple (or just want to take a lesson) you should check out Lagos. Lagos is home to surf companies that not only offer surfing lessons, but standup paddle boarding, kite surfing and boat rides. Central Lagos is a quaint little town with delicious restaurants, clothing boutiques, wine bars and so much more!

There are a million reasons to honeymoon in Portugal but the best reason might be the Pasteis de nata! These custard tarts are out of this world and you’ll know why after just one bite!