Portugal is a perfect destination for honeymooners who love history, food, wine, and beautiful scenery. An added benefit: your dollar will stretch a little further than other European honeymoon hot spots.
As one of Europe’s oldest nations dating back to the 12th century, Portugal is rich with culture, beautiful cities, medieval buildings, palaces, and endless places to explore.
Known predominantly for its fortified port wine, Portugal is sprinkled with wineries and vineyards. Unsurprisingly, wine-tourism had become a sought after activity. Many wineries have opened their doors to allow curious wine lovers to get dirty and take part in the grape harvest, wine tasting, and wine cellar tours. In the Algarve, the Alentejo region is one of the best producers.
Shrimp, clams, fish, or octopus – the Portuguese adore their seafood and prepare it like nowhere else in the world. You will have never tasted the bounty of the sea quite like this before. But the feast doesn’t stop there! Portuguese food includes wonderful potato and vegetable dishes, passion fruit, and (my favorite) specialty desserts called Pastel de nata. You will just have to try one of yourself to understand my new obsession!
Surrounded by miles of coastline with some of the best beaches in Europe, and the world for that matter, Portugal makes for a great honeymoon destination for both surf and sand seekers. With no two beaches being alike, you will be pleasantly surprised by the individual beauty of each. White sandy beaches with a tranquil waters edge, a dramatic coast line with some of the best surfing, or black sands with specks of emerald green. Whatever your preference, you will most definitely fall in love with the Algarve’s beaches.
From only $10 a night you can choose to stay in a self catering apartment. Or, splurge and stay in a luxurious beachfront 5 star resort. No matter how big or small your budget, the Algarve has you covered for accommodation. For a unique experience, look into the Pousadas. You will find Pousadas located all over Portugal offering unique stays in former castles, palaces, convents and monasteries. They are known for a high level of personalized service and will most likely be a highlight of your trip.