We’re sad to bring it to you but summer’s almost gone. Temperatures are starting to drop, school has started once again and the aperitivo days are over. A lot of us aren’t going on holiday anytime soon yet there’s always room for exceptions. And to be honest, if you haven’t got any children and you’re not bound by the summer holidays, September is actually a pretty perfect time to go and explore the world. The days of mass tourism lie behind us, the temperatures tend to be a lot more bearable (even in the hottest climates) and prices are usually lower.
We couldn’t be any clearer: personally, we love this time of the year. And honestly, it’s very nice to be able to go away on a trip while all your colleagues and friends have gotten back from theirs weeks and weeks ago. Maybe you should send them a little postcard when you’re abroad, just as a nice gesture, right?
The perfect travel destination
If you’re planning on going away but you still haven’t decided on the location, we couldn’t recommend Portugal any stronger. It’s certainly one of this year’s most popular destinations within Europe and we totally get why.
Between the beautiful nature, the welcoming culture and the rich history of the country, it’s hard not to fall in love with Portugal. Whether you opt for one of the most famous destinations like Lisbon or Porto or for a well-hidden gem is up to you.
Yet if there’s one thing you can’t miss while in Portugal, it’s the ocean. You’re never really far away from the open water and thanks to the very varied coastal line, there’s something to be found for everyone. Surfing, swimming or just relaxing on the beach: it’s all possible. Keep in mind though that it’s the Atlantic you’re talking about, so the water tends to be a lot wilder than when you’re going to the Mediterranean for example.
If you’re unsure which part of the Portuguese coast you’d want to visit, we’ve found the ideal list for you. Travel guide Lonely Planet made an overview of the country’s 12 most beautiful beaches and we’re telling you: it’s giving us serious travel envy.