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Spain Vs Portugal: Which Is The Right Destination For You? 


When planning a European break, it’s easy to see why you might find yourself struggling to decide between Spain and Portugal. These neighbours share beautiful beaches, warm Mediterranean climes and culinary delights, however, Spain and Portugal are actually very different. Dive in to our comparison of these two stunning destinations to decide which country is the right location for your vacation!

Spain Vs Portugal   Spain Vs Portugal


Landscape

Spain and Portugal share the Iberian Peninsula, meaning that their landscapes do share many similarities including beautiful golden beaches and clear blue seas.

Spain is actually four times larger than Portugal and so if you are looking for more variation and exploration, Spain might be the choice for you. Ringed by mountain ranges, Spain actually offers a huge range of diversity. From volcanic landscapes in Southern Andalusia to the striking wetlands of Lagunas de Ruidera, the geographical beauty of Spain will blow you away.

Size isn’t everything though, and Portugal’s smaller stature makes it easier to explore, which might be a more attractive option if you haven’t got the time on your trip to sit in the car. With hundreds of gorgeous beaches to explore in the Algarve and spiralling vineyards to discover in Tras-os-Montes, Portugal should be top of your list if you want to immerse yourself in culture without sacrificing any premium relaxing time!

Churros   Portuguese fish


Cuisine

Whether you head to Spain or Portugal, you’re in for a treat when it comes to cuisine! As with many Mediterranean countries, you can expect a sumptuous selection of fresh fish, garlic, chorizo and olive oil!

Famous for tapas and paella, you can’t go wrong in Spain when it comes to sampling the local cuisine! Spanish cuisine is bursting with different spices and flavours, however, it is rarely actually spicy, favouring fresh tastes of garlic, citrus and paprika. Make sure you sample one of our favourite delicacies when in Spain, churros – which are fried pastry donuts in long strips, ideal for dipping in chocolate!

Whilst similar to Spain, there are some noticeable differences on the other side of the border when it comes to cuisine. Portugal is famous for its spices, including Piri Piri which is made from small chilli peppers and is often used as a delicious marinade for chicken. Fish is a staple of the Portuguese diet and we would recommend trying the traditional salted cod fish dish Bacalhau for a real taste of the country!  

Spanish architecture   Porto


Culture

Consider yourself a bit of a culture vulture? Both Portugal and Spain offer stunning architecture and cities steeped in history ready for you to explore.

Admired around the world, Gaudi’s distinct architectural constructions have made Barcelona a truly astonishing and unique city, offering endless inspiration for design fans. You could also visit Ronda, declared as a city during the time of Julius Caesar. This mountain top city is dramatically set above the deep El Tajo gorge and has retained its magical ancient charm.  

Sharing a similar cultural background to Spain, you can find traces of Romanesque and Gothic influences in the gorgeous cathedrals and buildings across Portugal. Visit Lisbon and immerse yourself in one of the world’s oldest cities, riding the century-old wooden trams and walking the cobbled streets. Looking for somewhere more modern? Porto boasts a trendy revitalised art scene and a breath-taking riverside location, filled with port wine lodges and trendy bars.


Where To Stay?

Whether you choose Spain or Portugal, we can help you find the perfect villa to complement your holiday!

Villas in Spain

Villas in Portugal

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