Alternative Entertainment in Portugal

So, you’re headed to Portugal and you want to know where to go, what to do, and how much fun you can pack in whilst you’re there! Parts of Portugal like Lisbon, Porto and Algarve are best known as party capitals, offering up a plethora of nightclubs, bars, casinos and restaurants for the eager tourist. However, this is a multifaceted country and, much as it does lay claim to some of the best party towns in Europe, it also has some great places in which to relax with a glass of wine and some gentle live music. Whatever your mood, whatever your preference, you’ll always be entertained in Portugal.

Explore

The first thing that we’d suggest is having a good explore of the area. Wherever you’re staying it’s worth familiarising yourself with the streets and, as you do, you’ll come across plenty of places that you can make a note of to return to later on. One of the handiest tips is to take a map, either paper or online, and mark off all the ideas you have of where to visit as you wander around. This is a much more natural way of coming across interesting places and should take all the stress out of deciding where to eat or drink when evening comes.

Go online

Whilst you’re on the move, you might want to check out some handy and entertaining apps to keep you both motivated and organised. The Guia de Viagem Visit Portugal app is a great way to find out more information about the places you come across and is packed full of handy tips for tourists all over the country. It provides an easily accessible resource to refer to throughout your trip. If you want a break from your hunt for interesting locations, however, then there’s plenty of fun you can have on the go. Why not record your trip with Snapchat and make full use of the local filters, only available in Portugal? Alternatively, Pokerstarscasino recently started offering NetEnt slots in the country, giving you plenty of games to choose from and have a cheeky spin during your break.

Miradouros

Miradouros, or scenic viewpoints, are all over the capital city of Lisbon in particular. These observation points offer fantastic views over the city and a comfortable place to cosy up with a picnic one evening. Due to the hilly terrain upon which Lisbon is built, each different miradouro offers a different perspective. For example, the Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte claims the title for the best place to watch the sunset from, whereas Miradouro de Santa Caterina, or Adamastor, is a great place from which to see monuments and the Tagus river.

You can put together your own picnic with food and wine from the local outdoor markets and spend a pleasant few hours peacefully watching the twinkling city lights come on as the sun sets.

Statue of a fadista

Sleep on the beach

For those visitors with a sense of adventure, the beach makes a refreshing alternative place to get some shuteye. Best done when you’re travelling in a group, sleeping on the beach can be a relaxing, calming thing to do as you fall asleep to the gentle shushing of the waves – just make sure that you’re above the tideline and are mindful of the local tide times. This may seem like an adventurous step too far to some, but it’s certainly not an unusual situation along Portugal’s 586 miles of coastline. Nothing could be better than waking up to look out across the golden sands and the feel the first warm rays of a new day on your face.

Fado

Of course, you cannot visit Portugal without sampling the traditional fado, or fate, music found all over the country. It is a melancholic, wistful genre often telling tales of forbidden love, loss and heartache. Originating from the 19th century, this style of music is still popular today amongst Portuguese people and tourists alike. It truly is a moving experience to witness a performer, or fadista, singing for the small, attentive audiences commonly found in fado clubs. It’s an opportunity not to be missed and one that should find itself firmly at the top of your holiday ‘to-do’ list.

A visit to Portugal can take many forms, depending on what you want to get from it. This rich, varied and complex culture knows how to party but also knows when to step back and enjoy the quieter, more understated side of life. In Portugal you will find plenty of opportunity for reflection, appreciation and relaxation but never need to worry about the threat of boredom worming its way into your vacation mindset. If there’s one thing about this country, it’s that it is eternally fascinating whichever way you look at it.

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