Travelling to Portugal on a budget doesn’t mean you have to forego the wonderful experiences of visiting the country. Beautiful scenery is free after all, and Portugal in particular is blessed with plenty beautiful scenery. To help inspire you on your way to the country, we’ve put together a list of places you can go and some of the hidden treasures you can enjoy in Portugal on a budget.
How To Travel To Portugal With Next To Zero Funds
The Portuguese capital is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. And thanks to its relatively small size it is also perfect for enjoying buy foot. The city’s seven hills mean that the views are constantly changing and there a numerous excellent vantage points such as Castelo de São Jorge let you enjoy the vistas of red clay roofs in front of you.
4. Go to the beach
The area round Lisbon is packed full of beautiful beaches, and they are all free to visit. From the nearby Troia peninsula, to the scenic unspoilt Atlantic beach of Praia da Adraga, there is no shortage of sun, sea, and sand nearby. Portinho da Arrabida is also close and offers some of the clearest crystal waters in Portugal, perfect for a dip!
3. See the sea cliffs
Due to its wild Atlantic coastline Portugal is blessed with many natural wonders, but one of the most interesting is coastal chasm Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth). Around a mile from the town of Cascais near Lisbon, this unique rock formation is popular with tourists due to the dramatic sight of the Atlantic Ocean crashing through the mouth of the chasm. The surrounding coastal cliffs in the area are also an arresting sight in their own right.
2. Go for a cycle off the beaten track in the Algarve
The Algarve is the most popular region in Portugal with tourists, and with its blue waters and beautiful scenery it’s easy to see why. That does mean that the area has a lot of resorts and is not short of visitors. But there is a quieter side to the Algarve that is perfect to see by bike. At the South-western tip of the country (and Europe’s most westerly point) you can enjoy the four-mile bike trail through the Cape Vincent Natural Park. With stunning cliffs, beautiful coves, and plenty of opportunity for water sports along the way, this is a gentler side to this tourist-heavy region.
1. Visit the countries only national park
Take in some of the splendor of Portugal’s inland countryside with a visit to The Peneda-Gerês National Park. Found by the country’s northern border, the park covers and area of 270 square miles, the park is home to mountains, lakes, valleys, forests, and ancient villages that offer a glimpse into the Portugal of the pat. There are lots of excellent hiking routes, and the road networks in the park are of a high standard as well letting you enjoy the landscape by car. The park is easy to reach and is only an hour and a half’s drive from the city of Braga.[td_smart_list_end]