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10 reasons why Portugal is the perfect female travel destination
Over the past few years, you may have noticed Portugal suddenly popping up in your Instagram feed. Almost out of nowhere, this colourful and charismatic western-most outpost of Europe has won the hearts of travellers from all corners of the world. And keeps calling them back.
Here at Destinate Travel, we fell in love with Portugal quite some time ago and couldn’t be happier to see this soulful country getting the attention it deserves.
Specifically, it gets our stamp of approval as one of the very best places in the world for women to travel solo or with a female friend or two.
Destineer-in-Chief, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold recently spent some time exploring Lisbon solo in May this year after a few days in Alentejo where she explored the region’s unique wine tourism offering.
“Lisbon is my favourite city in Europe. It is a big little city with a lot of character and charm that wins you over on first sight and makes you want to stay forever. I love exploring cities as a solo female traveler and Lisbon is so well suited for women who enjoy cities, good food, art, design and culture. The best way to explore Lisbon is on foot, getting lost in the many colourful neighbourhoods and finding your better self in its crooked streets amongst the friendly locals. I could definitely live here.”
In 2017, fellow Destineer, Nadia Krige and her mom, Lisel, enjoyed a different type of girls’ journey, as they set out on foot from Porto, following the Camino Portugues all the way to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.
“Walking along a part of Atlantic coastline as well as through the countryside, small towns and cities of Portugal was absolutely magical. It truly gave us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture, experience the generosity of locals and see far more than we would have if we’d travelled by car.”
Here are 10 reasons why you should start planning your girl’s trip too: