Portugal among ‘best European honeymoon destinations’

Portugal tops the list of Europe’s “best honeymoon destinations.” The accolade comes from online travel magazine VacationIdea.

Pipping other locations like Spain, France and Italy to the post, Portugal comes up trumps for its diversity that includes “sunny beaches, beautiful cities, romantic castles and vineyards producing some of the best wine in the world”.

Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve and Azores are the main “must-see” locations

Says the site, Lisbon is the “best place to start your honeymoon, featuring historic landmarks, warm weather, great shops and friendly locals”. Afterwards, a trip to “nearby Sintra” is recommended, “where you can see the famous Pena’s Palace and other grand castles”.

Porto is described as a “vibrant coastal city where you can listen to live music, sip fine port wine and enjoy ocean views”.

As the website points out, the city’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the “perfect place for a romantic stroll”.

The Algarve features for “some of the best beaches and the most dramatic coastal scenery in Europe” – that make it one of the continent’s “most popular tourist spots, complete with great spas, restaurants and scenic hotels”.

VacationIdea also recommend a trip to the Azores for “fantastic scuba diving and secluded beaches”.

The full list of Europe’s “best honeymoon destinations” is as follows:

• Portugal
• Finland
• Scotland
• Monaco
• Spain
• Italy
• Slovenia
• France
• Iceland
• Greece