Whether it’s fashion or travel, trends often dictate our choices, at least for some of us. So if you still don’t know which destination you’re heading to for this summer, Google Flights has pinned for us the most searched destinations by Internet users for the summer of 2022.
What already give us an overview of the places that will be the most crowded this summer and allow us if we wish to move away from the beaten track. If, on the contrary, you want to follow the vibes of the moment, it is on the shores of the Mediterranean that you will have to go. Indeed, according to the Google Flight tool, which tracks price changes and flight dates, the most popular destinations for 2022 are none other than Barcelona, Athens, Rome and Palma de Mallorca.
The other destinations to be part of the top 10 of the most requested destinations are New York in the United States, Montreal in Canada, Porto in Portugal, Marrakech in Morocco, or Denpasar in Bali. But the destination that tops the podium is Portugal with Lisbon.
More natural than the beaches of Spain, more authentic than the effervescence of the Côte d’Azur, Portugal seems to have become in recent years the new Eldorado for lovers of nature, the ocean and unfussy holidays. But why Portugal is he so attractive? For these few very simple reasons.
1. For his total change of scenery
No need to go far to truly disconnect. And that, tourists have understood: less than 3 hours flight from Brussels, Portugal appears to be an easily accessible destination for Belgians. In addition, it allows us to discover breathtaking landscapes without going to the other side of the globe. In total, there are 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal, starting with the famous Tower of Belém located in Lisbon, the Castle of Sintra located a few kilometers from Lisbon, or the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça. Not to mention the many less touristy but equally magnificent places in this country: we think in particular of Ferreira do Zêzere, a small natural wild oasis located barely an hour and a half from Lisbon, one of its most beautiful bridges : the 25 de Abril bridge, in the stone village of Monsanto in eastern Portugal, or even in the seaside resort of Tria Peninsula, one hour from Lisbon, to name but a few examples far from the beaten track. It’s simple, a visit to Portugal will not only allow you to fill up on culture, to enjoy long stretches of fine sands and azure blue water, and finally landscapes worthy of postcards.
2. For its nautical spots
It would seem that water sports enthusiasts swear by Portugal: no wonder, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean, it is one of the best places to ride the waves. . Here, there are a large number of surf spots for all levels. The country has no less than 830 kilometers of coastline, but also stretches of wild water, swimming pools in the heart of cities, in short, it is here that lovers of nautical activities will find what they are looking for. On the Algarve side, for example, there are the best beach breaks, i.e. waves that are often less hollow than other types of waves, allowing beginners to learn to surf in optimal conditions. Fans of rafting, kayaking and snorkelling will also find plenty to do here with the multitude of organized rivers. Finally, the more adventurous can try underwater hiking, which is booming in Portugal. Unforgettable excursions where you observe the seabed. And for those who simply like to take a dip, the beach of Porto Santo, located in the Madeira archipelago, was voted the most beautiful beach in Europe in 2022. Nicknamed the golden island, this beach is also recognized for the virtues therapeutic effects of its fine sand.
3. For its favorable climate
Summer holidays rhyme with sun. For many Belgians, it is often the weather that dictates the choice of holiday. With 3300 hours of sunshine per year in the south of the country and 1600 hours per year in the north, Portugal is one of the sunniest countries in Europe. Summers are certainly hot, but generally not excessively, which not only allows you to indulge in idleness and swimming in the ocean, even for the most cautious, but also allows nature to let its luxuriant vegetation bloom without too much risk of severe drought.
After the little California of Europe located in France and which we tell you about here at greater length, don’t be surprised if this summer, everyone is talking to you about Portugal, nicknamed for some time the Florida of Europe.