2 Most Enchanting Experiences in Portugal

by Jane Sophia

Know about the two most enchanting experiences you feel when you visit Portugal. One is the “floating umbrella” festival” in Agueda and the other is Madeira Island. Of these, I am sure you will be captivated to visit the ‘umbrella street’ first if you are a romantic type.

If you are an adventure lover, you would want to visit it only after you go to Madeira Island. Look at the picture below; wouldn’t you want to plan your next trip to Portugal instead of a visit to your native village?

Portugal -Umbrella Street

The Floating Umbrella Festival Agueda – Portugal

The Agueda is a small town located in the south of Porto (Portugal) but it gets really big during the Umbrella festival.

Look at the image above. When I first saw it, I thought it is an inspiration for Hindi movie makers; haven’t we seen many movies where so many colorful umbrellas were used?

Well, this floating umbrella festival attracts thousands of travelers from Europe, mainly from Scandinavian countries. They are real vacationers in my opinion. No one can relax and enjoy a vacation than the Scandinavians.

Umbrellas that are placed above the street capture the glorious Portugal sunshine and reflect in different colors.

Have you ever heard of another festival in Agueda? It is called Agueda Agit Agueda, the town’s art festival. The floating umbrella is an added thought in 2012. The festival lasts from July to September.

Portugal -madeira island

The town’s council members devised this festival. Maybe more than 100 beautiful, brightly colored umbrellas can be seen lining a shopping promenade in Agueda.

The Portuguese culture is mainly comprised of street performances, depicting old world charm and hospitality. Most of the festivals are thrown like an enchanting party that is full of food and drinks. A sense of gaiety will be prevalent in Portuguese festivals.

Oh, how would I love to sit on one of the benches under the umbrellas or stroll along the shopping street lazily!

The experience of walking under the shadow of these umbrellas must be truly unique and unforgettable.

Madeira Island

Madeira Island is a wonderful travel destination of Europe. Though it is part of Portugal, it is located some 480 Kms away from Portugal. Madeira is actually an archipelago comprising of 4 islands, off the northwest coast of Africa.

Madeira is famous for wine and being an island, its tropical climate beckons westerners from colder places such as the Scandinavia and East Europe.

Portugal - Madeira

The main island of Madeira consists of:

  • Beach with pebbles
  • High cliffs
  • Volcanic mountains

The capital of Madeira is Funchal. It can be reached in about one and a half hours from Lisbon. As an island off Africa, it known for a wide range of exotic flora and fauna. There is a beautifully landscaped Sunken Garden that speaks volumes of the island’s flora.

Portugal A Crime Free Nation:

Can you believe it? Madeira is also almost crime-free and one of the harmless holiday destinations in the world.

Book a holiday package to Madeira Island and have a great vacation.

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