Post # 1
Did anyone go or is planning to go to Portugal for their honeymoon? What month did you go? Where did you stay? What did you love?
FI and I were knocking between a shorter trip to Costa Rica or a longer trip to Portugal, and so far we’ve set our sights on Portugal. I’d love to hear everyone else’s experience!
Post # 3
We didn’t go for our honeymoon, but I love Portugal. I’ve only been to Lisbon and Lagos, but we had such a great time. I really want to go back and explore more of the country. We went in August several years ago, and I remember the weather being pretty good.
Post # 4
I’ve been to Porto and to the algarve…. if you’re looking for a beach holiday, i’d stay away from portugal – it’s only nice if you’re as desperate for a beach as i was!
Porto is lovely, although not sure there’s very much to do, depends on how long you’re going for…
The food is AMAZING.
Post # 5
We’re going to Portugal for the first week of our honeymoon (will then head to Paris for the second week).
We are starting in Lisbon, then renting a car and driving up the coast, we will stay about halfway between Lisbon and Porto for a couple days and making day trips from there. Then we are heading up to the Douro Valley for a few days where we’re staying in an old estate and plan to visit some vinyards. We drive back to Lisbon, have one last night there and then fly out to Paris the next morning.
The weather in July (assuming you’re planning to go right after your wedding) will be quite hot, but as @mrsBtoBee: said, I probably wouldn’t choose Portugal for a beach holiday – there are definitely better options for beaches elsewhere. But if you want to soak in some European culture, enjoy some great food and do it all at a cost lower than most other European countries then Portugal is a great option.
Post # 6
i’ve been to portugal, not for a honeymoon. but porto is such a cute romantic wine town, the people are so friendly and it’s not overly touristy. also went to lisbon and lagos. i went in the summer, so lagos was purely crazy backpacker partying. are you going to combine portugal and spain? not too far away from each other, also so much richness to spain!
Post # 7
i spent a semester in college in Spain and went to Portugal a couple times. I loved it. I thought it was such a beautiful country. While the beaches weren’t ideal for laying out (it was Fall) they were beautiful. I’d definitely recommend it.
Post # 8
FI proposed to me in Portugal last year just after Christmas – it’s an amazing place! Lisbon is an absolutely gorgeous city – definitely a great place to spend a few days sightseeing. Lovely cobblestone streets to wander – it is very hilly but it makes for some amazing views. From Lisbon, you can also easily get to Sintra, a beautiful little town about 30 minutes away and well worth a day trip!
Nazare – about 2 hours north along the coast, is a lovely little seaside town (it’s actually where FI propsed!) and I think it’s the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Viseu in north central Portugal is a fantastic place to stay for a few nights. The town itself is lovely – there is a walled in Old Town that is fantastic and we stayed in the loveliest accommodation there. I can’t remember the name of it right now but if you want to know, PM me and I’ll find it. From Viseu, you are very close to the National Park (Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela) which is beyond gorgeous. Manteigas is a lovely little town set high up in the hills and absolutely wonderful to stroll around. The entire area is somewhat mountainous and beautiful with the most gorgeous little towns and some amazing finds food-wise.
We didn’t make it to the Duoro region as we didn’t have enough time but it sounds incredible and is definitely something worth checking out.
I’ve traveled to many, many places across the globe and I still think Portugal is one of the most romantic countries I’ve been to – it’s got outstanding food and wine, beautiful scenery, and absolutely stunning little villages dotted throughout the country!
Based on others’ recommendations and my own experience with Portugal – I would say go for Lisbon and the north, rather than the beaches of the south. Also, even though we went in December last year, weather was mostly in the 50s – 60s and a mix of rain and sun…. definitely not unbearable travel weather!
PM me if you have any questions or want more info! 🙂
Post # 9
Wow, thanks guys for all the suggestions! We don’t care much to sit on a beach all day, and we’re really looking forward to doing some exploring and most importantly EATING, so it sounds like we’re on the right track!
Post # 10
We just booked our Portugal honeymoon. We’re flying into Lisbon, doing 2 nights in Evora, 3 nights in Lagos (because I love the beach), 4 nights in Porto (with a stop along the way in Obidos, the wedding present city), and then 3 nights in Lisbon.
We were happy to find a place that offers a mix of going, doing, and seeing, and resting and relaxing. I’m hoping that we chose correctly!
Post # 11
I love Portugal have been too many times to mention. The algarve is lovely but the more west you head the better. A couple of towns have become loud and clubby. The Monchique mountains offer a lovely view of the coast. We stay in Praia Da Luz which is lovely and still has the quaint charm about it. There’s the most lovely beach called Beliché, which you wouldn’t know is there as you have to walk down steps to get it to it. Last time we went on a boat and saw all the coves etc, which is so worth it and I wish I’d done it before. The food is great and the people are really friendly.
Post # 12
we had our honeymoon in portugal and it was absolutely great! we did three weeks this past May. We rented a car for about the first two weeks of our trip. we stayed in Mafra, Sintra, Peniche, Obidos, Vila Real, Porto and Lisbon. We basically drove to all these cities, dropped the car in Porto and took the train to Lisbon at the end.
one of the best accomodations in portugal also is pousada hopping. and if you can, definitely stay at the Castelo de Obidos 🙂 Portugal has a great mix of beach, architecture and beautiful scenery. food and accomodations are also cheaper than other european cities as mentioned. i remember having a espresso or a superbock pint for .60 cents euro. the food is also amazing and fresh.
if you need recommendations on places to stay, just msg me!