You might be hearing and seeing a lot about Portugal recently, and with great reason. The European country sits between Spain and the North Atlantic Ocean, offering stunning coastal towns and island getaways, as well as urban culinary wonders, history and architecture, with plenty of wide-open rural, natural beauty and wine regions throughout.
With nearly two dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal, you’ll have your work cut out for you in visiting them all. Spend the day exploring the region’s many historic locales in a meaningful and memorable way, like a kayaking tour around Almourol Castle, which sits in the middles of the River Tagus.
To shop in Portugal is to spend the day like a local, especially at flea markets in in-the-know spots like Feira da Ladra, a 17th-century market in Lisbon. Shopping in Lisbon is easily done with this list of go-to spots, but make the most of your time at the flea market and visit nearby churches, castles and museums while in the area.
Explore Porto’s foodie side with a Parts Unknown-approved tour; Lisbon’s must-try establishments; or eat and drink your way through the Algarve. No matter what region you choose to visit, authentic Portuguese wine and cuisine is not to be missed. Even if you’re not party to a private, organized tour, take yourself on a self-guided journey through the city streets and local eateries.
History and Culture
Historic architecture, ancient relics and must-see cultural sites are easily found in Portugal, narrowing your options down will be the real challenge. A few top visits include the iconic Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra; Jerónimos Monestary in Lisbon; neighboring Belém Tower; Parça do Comércioi; and Castelo dos Mouros — just to name a few.
Hit the Beach
Whether you’re closest to the stunning cliffs of Lagos; old town of Albufeira; iconic beaches and rock formations of the Faro District; wineries of Porto; historic palaces of Cascais; or capital city of Faro, make time to get on the beach. The vibrant colors of Madeira’s port towns and quaint fishing villages of Alvor alone are worth the trip.
How much time do you spend on social media, and do you really unplug when you’re on vacation? Surveys show people spend an average of two hours and 22 minutes per day on social networking and messaging platforms. And that figure doesn’t account for additional screen time on email, videos and working while on vacation. Instead of letting precious travel time slip by, commit to unplug from social media on your next vacation, and savor the moment. Here are some ideas to get a handle on your social media consumption and still have a pleasant trip without white knuckling it through screen time withdraw.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.