The travel magazine, International Living has chosen Portugal as one of the seven best locations in the world to go on a road trip. Ireland, Portugal, Panama, Peru, France, Ecuador and Italy are the seven countries on the list where you must jump in your car to best enjoy the best of what's on offer.
According to the publication, road travel has always offered a rewarding way to explore and create memories in a new country, and with current air travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, it makes more sense than ever to take the road and see the beauty of Portugal and other countries by car.
"It's hard to beat the slower pace, the side road options, the pleasant surprises you find when you get off the road in a country, even if you're on your way to a place you already know," admits Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of the International Living magazine.
"From the monthly market in France that has appeared in the same field every summer for hundreds of years, to that charming little cafe in a small village in Italy where you are the only tourist and where the pile of sardines you get for pennies is a meal you will still talk about 22 years later...", there are so many unforgettable experiences to be had while on the road.
The borders of many European countries have now reopened, and no matter when you're planning your next roadtrip, now is a great time to begin planning your route. Jennifer Stevens recommends the following: "Find places where you can explore and where the crowds will be smaller, but where the experiences will be much richer. Whether you choose to drive all the trip or take advantage of the good rail and public transport connections that exist in many countries, you will see that the journey can be as rewarding as the destination itself".
Portugal is one of the destinations that stands out most on the list. International Living highlights that the country was once a poorly known destination, but today, the low costs, historic cities, warm climate and diverse landscapes are attracting increasing numbers of tourists.
"Rich in culture, Portugal offers a lot of adventure - take a river tour through one of Portugal's best wine regions, visit the vineyards, see a gothic church with 200 kilos of gold, or go back in time with the best preserved Roman ruins in Portugal," the magazine writes.
And it doesn't stop there: other options include relaxing on the sands of the Portuguese Riviera, taking a trip to the golden beaches and fishing villages of the Algarve or taking in the views at the top of a mountain in a national park where you can embrace romanticism in an extravagant palace. Don't forget to taste award-winning wines, dine on fresh fish and aged meat and marvel at the variety of breads and sweet treats available in aromatic bakeries and patisseries.
- Have a look at the International Living itinerary of how to spend 7 days in Portugal.
Original article: Portugal entre as sete melhores viagens rodoviárias do mundo