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Portugal is a southern European country that has been on the travel radar for decades. But it’s only in the past few years this formally fishing industry based county has really put itself on the millennial travel map. 

In 2016, the number of foreign tourists visiting Portugal rose 13%, breaking a record 10 million for the first time. There’s no doubt this is a destination that’s gotten as spicy as its Piri-Piri Chicken and it’s the newest destination to join Contiki’s lineup for 2018.
 
The country is crammed with culture, a dribble worthy cuisine, beautiful beaches; a busting nightlife and a charm which makes all us millennials keep coming back for more and more. Here are 7 reasons why you should visit: 

With a generous 1700 kilometres of coastline, the Portuguese golden sand is in abundance, but it’s the secret beaches, cliff-backed coves and enticing seas that really make these some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. 

Of course, the Algarve is infamous for its beaches but with coastlines spanning all around the west coast, you can expect to find secluded, sandy spots all the way up. Praia da Marinha and Benagil in The Algarve, Ilha da Fuseta in Faro, Praia de Cavaleiro in Odemira and Praia do Carvalho in Benagil are just some of the most idyllic spots.

Fresh fish, healthy ingredients, hearty portions, seafood galore and pastries to die for, the Portuguese have got it down!  

A few damn good local delicacies include Piri-Piri Chicken, vegetable soups that are so good it somehow makes having soup in a hot country legit, the seafood Cataplanas, grilled sardines, pastel de nata (a small custard tart sprinkled with cinnamon) and of course the national dish ‘Bacalhau’ which is dried, salted cod. 

When comes to eating in Portugal, it’s hard to go wrong – their Mediterranean cuisine and traditional treats are straight up drool-worthy.

 

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