22 reasons to visit Portugal in the Winter
Not too long ago Portugal was Europe’s hidden gem. Recently it got discovered and is visited every day by hundreds of tourists. As of today, it’s an established place for a Summer Vacation. However, you may be surprised by the country’s beauty in wintry days! These are 22 reasons why you should visit Portugal during Winter!
Nazaré’s Giant Waves
Nazaré is currently considered to be the number one place to go surfing due to its magnificent beaches and massive waves. It was here, at Praia do Norte, that Garrett McNamara successfully drifted down a curl that measured an impressive 78 feet. This has earned him the Guinness World Records title for Largest wave surfed.
The biggest waves occur during the Winter – from October until March- so this is the right time for you to come visit.
Sintra in the Winter
The current season plays a significant role in one’s enjoyment of a place. Some sites look better during the Winter, others during the Summer and some are amazing when Autumn arrives in town.
This is an important thing to have in mind when booking your vacation, as it can make it or break it. The Sintra tour is an excellent example of this. The village is located atop the dense forest of Sintra. In the Summer there’s a clear view and blue sky, therefore for some, it might be best to visit it in during this time of year.
However, you can enjoy this site in wintry days, as the haze turns Sintra into a super mysterious set. These are two completely different experiences that you should have!
Winter or Summer, Portugal’s nightlife is always very vibrant and fun. If you book the Lisbon Tour, you’ll end up at Bairro Alto, the neighborhood where it all happens. You can party there until 4 a.m!
Believe me when I tell you that there’s going to be people outside the bar chatting along even if it’s freezing. Pick the Porto tour, and you’ll have a similar atmosphere. Coimbra is also pretty lively but on a much smaller scale. Take this into consideration when choosing your destiny!
Douro river tours
Take a calming boat ride through the Douro River in a traditional Rabelo Boat and admire the vineyards and stunning landscape, in Porto, Peso da Régua and Pinhão. Afterward, it’s time to get a taste of that delicious wine!
Winter sports at Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela is the number one mountain in Portugal, and it’s the only place in Portugal where you can practice some Winter Sports: skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. You’ll love the beautiful landscape, which will welcome you in a white mantle.
Delicious comfort food
Portugal’s cuisine is well known around the world. Tasting the local gastronomy is one of the many wonders of visiting a new country and during Wintertime is even more enjoyable.
There is plenty of savory food for you to try and that will keep you warm and cozy. The Caldo Verde, for example, is a super-rich cabbage soup best served with a chorizo slice. There’s also the feijoada, a dish made out of beans, cabbage, several pieces of meat and rice. It’s delicious, and it will leave you full and super ready for touring.
You can have these dishes everywhere in the country. If you book the Serra da Estrela’s Tour, you must eat the cheese, bread, and sausages.
Portugal’s climate is one of its best assets and has been acclaimed for many years now. Don’t expect a severe Winter, on the contrary, it’ll get cold, but you’ll have good amounts of light during the day and a few days of rain! You can expect clear and blue skies for most of the days there, even in the coldest ones!
If you choose to visit Portugal during the Winter you’ll avoid big crowds, so you’ll have a much more peaceful trip. You won’t have to wait in huge lines for your ticket or to enter a restaurant. Besides that, you can enjoy the landscape more peacefully and away from other loud tourists.
Portugal will be of great interest to you due to its low prices. You won’t spend large amounts of money. The meals in restaurants are relatively cheap, as well as the drinks at bars. Ask a fellow tourist, and he’ll nod affirmatively.
You’ll be served a big plate of tasty food for a great price. What’s better than not having to worry about weighing the money in your pocket during the holiday season?
Better customer service everywhere
Low season means fewer people, no crowds, more time saved waiting in lines and a better customer service everywhere. The employees won’t be so stressed out by so many people, consequently the customer service we’ll be way more relaxed and customized.
You’ll finally get why so many people say the Portuguese are so friendly and super welcoming!
Portugal’s great weather means you’ll have winter sunshine. It’ll be freezing during the winter, but the sky will be clear, and the sun will always be on sight. This makes a huge difference in your mood, as well as the fact that the days are still longer than in most countries. The more rays of sunshine you get, the more lit up you’ll be.
Portugal is a small country, where you can walk at ease at different times of the day and keep an unconcerned attitude. There are some quieter places for you to visit: the Historical villages tour, for example. Or the trip to Nazaré, Batalha and Óbidos, three very peaceful villages, where you’ll feel you don’t need to worry about your safety.
Porto and Lisbon are busier cities, especially nowadays, but they remain a very safe place for you to tour. Take your time during the vacation, have a relaxing time and a carefree attitude!
Óbidos Christmas Village
Óbidos lights up every year during Winter Season due to its Christmas Village. The whole place dresses up in Christmas attire – the lights, the sparks, and even the Óbidos castle put you on a festive mood.
Santa Claus, gnomes, reindeers and the village people – with no exceptions- greet the tourists who come to visit! It seems as if you were transported to a magic moment in time. If you’re a fan of Christmas, you must go to this charming winter wonderland!
Great Christmas Decorations
Christmas is really big in Portugal as you can tell by the humongous Christmas decorations everywhere, that create a super unique atmosphere that you can’t run away from.
They’ll be downtown, in the shopping malls and even in the castles. Coming in all shapes, sizes, and colors (mostly white, red, green and gold) they help to establish a magical scenery. You’ll be delighted whether you’re a Christmas fan or not!
Portugal’s big on celebrations, so you won’t be disappointed when you’re waiting for the countdown on New Year’s Eve, all the while sipping on your champagne flute, and watching the breathtakingly and colorful fireworks.
They are so beloved by many Portuguese that they happen on several other occasions. If you love to see this show, then you must visit Portugal!.
The Algarve region is both an acclaimed summer destination as well as a wellness destination, the latter happening during Winter time. There are many offers at eco-friendly establishments for you who’ve been dreaming of a relaxing Winter vacation at a spa.
This is also the place for you if you’re looking for a romantic getaway: sandy beaches, chilly nights and amazing landscapes.
Enjoy the peacefulness of the Portuguese beaches during the winter. We have many tours for you to choose from. The Algarve Tour, The Lisbon, Estoril and Cascais Tour are the perfect option for you, if you want to run away from the traditional beach experience.
By booking these tours, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds: the breezy atmosphere, the relaxing tone, and the circling green shades will get you in touch with nature’s greatness.
Don’t worry about the heat
Walking is one of the best ways to discover a new place. And this is harder during the Summer, especially if you’re going up the steep streets in Lisbon (a city which was built on hillsides).
Thus, it ’ll be easier for you to visit during the Winter, as you’ll avoid the sometimes painfully high temperatures of the Summertime!
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday, choose the Park of Peneda-Gerês to be your winter destination. Go on a hike and discover several species of animals and plants, that will astound you, as some of them only exist in Portugal. And if you’re lucky enough you might see snow!
Gerês is also famous for its thermal waters, so the cherry on top of the cake will be a visit to the local spa!
Fado is Portugal’s most famous genre of music. The word means destiny, so the songs are very intense and melancholic. These characteristics go well with the Winter Glow. You’ll have to drop by a Fado House and listen carefully to the repertoire that will be in accord with the weather outside.
During the winter, the water temperature is excellent for water sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing, and bodyboard, etc. Book any tour in the center of Portugal like Nazaré, Aveiro or Coimbra and go for a dive! You’ll stumble upon a nautical sports school, which offers very cheap lessons at this time of the year.
And last but not least, there’s nothing better than a hot drink on a cold winter day. Portugal is famous for its excellent coffee – the expresso- and for its teas, an Indian and African heritage from the spice trade era. The tea’s aroma and spices will help to keep you warm and cozy!