While Portugal may be small, it’s big on charms, with a glorious past and an amazing present, complete with historic landmarks like castles and palaces, beautiful beaches, sprawling parks, and world-class wine. Europe’s westernmost country is an ideal destination for newlyweds, especially for those who want a range of experiences. Sintra’s medieval palaces and castles and Lisbon’s cobbled streets provide a getaway that feels like a fairytale. And, as the country is on the Atlantic coast, couples can enjoy magnificent ocean views and opportunities for memorable beach strolls. There are plenty of opportunities for touring and tasting with wine cellars to explore and when it comes to nightlife, a wide range of venues for romantic dinners and dancing. 

If you’re up for a road trip with lots of scenic stops and dreamy hotels along the way, this long, thin country is easily traveled by car. Wine lovers might fly into Lisbon and then head directly to Porto to the north. Portugal’s second-largest city, it’s famous for its Port wine, with the Douro River cutting through, popular for river cruises. Afterward, head east to the picturesque Douro Valley where the grapes are grown, with more opportunities for touring and tasting.

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Where to Go in Portugal

  • Porto, Portugal

    Porto

    Porto is renowned for its port wine and Douro River views. You’ll find endless opportunities for wine tasting and cruises while the cobblestone streets are lined with spectacular buildings like the gothic-style Church of Sao Francisco. Enjoy romantic Ribeira, a pedestrian zone meandering alongside the river with street vendors, eateries, and live music venues.

  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisbon

    Portugal’s capital is spread across seven hills along the banks of the Tagus River close to the Atlantic, offering an ideal mix of beaches and city attractions. Marvel at fairytale-like castles, ride the famous tram through the centuries-old streets while enjoying views of colorful gardens, and look forward to Michelin-star fine dining.

  • Douro Valley, Portugal

    Douro Valley

    The UNESCO-listed Douro Valley is one of the world’s oldest wine regions and one of the most magnificent, with terraced vineyards carved right into the mountains. Discover charming villages where skilled residents have been creating handcrafted goods for generations and ancient history with everything from Iron Age settlements and Roman bridges to grand palaces.

 
Portugal in Fall, hiking in the Algarve

When to Visit Portugal

The shoulder seasons are ideal for visiting Portugal, which means April and May or mid-September to mid-October, when it won’t be too crowded or too hot, ideal for hiking, sightseeing, and golfing. Fall is also ideal for wine enthusiasts who want to come to take part in the grape harvest and enjoy brilliant foliage. Summer is the most popular time for beaches and keeping cool with ocean swims, as well as enjoying many festivals. For discounted accommodation and sightseeing without the crowds, consider November through March, which may be wet and cooler, but you’ll still see plenty of sun, especially along the Algarve coast.

 

Portugal Honeymoon Q&A

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What is the best honeymoon destination in Portugal?

There really is no one best honeymoon destination as it depends on what you’re looking for, but it is hard to beat Porto. It sits at the cusp of the Green Coast with beaches that are much less crowded than what you’ll find elsewhere, not to mention the Douro River wine region is just next door. It boasts an ideal mix of rich history and nightlife, with speakeasies and jazz bars, while the atmospheric Ribeira is incredibly enticing on its own, spilling down the sides of towering hills with a cascade of baroque churches and gothic palaces.

Where should I stay on my honeymoon in Portugal?

When it comes to honeymoon accommodation in Portugal, you’ll have many worthy places to choose from, including castle hotels that will make you feel like a king and queen. Or how about a luxury boutique hotel set among the vines? If you’re thinking of an all-inclusive beach resort, you can find that too, complete with gorgeous sea-view pools and a long list of luxurious amenities.

 

 

What are the essential things to do on a honeymoon in Portugal?

Any honeymoon should include a few essential ingredients: a palace visit, a romantic stroll along historic cobbled streets, an enchanting cruise, a vineyard tour, and time at the beach. Pena Palace is sure to check the box as one of the most fantastical in all of Europe, surrounded by Pena Park. Take a cruise on the Douro River to enjoy the sights from the water and taste the local wine. Be sure to get lost among the cobbled streets of historic Porto with its buildings truly works of art, and enjoy each other’s company one the Algarve’s long expanses of sun-soaked golden sands.