It’s summertime, so we’re deep in vacation mode, with many people get away from their routines back home. And there’s one destination in Europe where many vacationers have recently been flocking.
If you follow any travel-savvy people( and even simply regular friends) on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed they’ve posted stunning photos from Portugal in the last few years, especially during peak summertime months.
Mario Fernandes, a co-creator and the editor of GoLisbon( named for Portugal’s capital ), told HuffPost he has seen increased interest in traveling to Portugal in the past five years, particularly in the last two or three. Cindy Goldberger, a travel adviser for Hiatus, an agency in Brooklyn, New York, told me that she noticed a boost in Portugal trips about three years ago and that she gets more requests to scheme people’s visits there every year. According to Reuters, the number of foreign tourists visiting Portugal hit a record for 2017, the same year the country won world’s leading destination at the World Travel Awards.
So what is it about this country that builds it so appealing? Fernandes suggested it’s because Portugal is safe( it was voted the fourth-safest country this year by the Institute for Economics and Peace) and more affordable than many other Western European countries. But prices are increasing, he noted. The country’s frequent sunshine is also attractive to many visitors, and there are plenty of things to do.