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iStock credit: Flavio VallenariPortugal and Austria are two of the most fascinating countries in Europe. The former offers incredible weather and culture, while the latter is home to some of the continent’s most breathtaking sites of natural beauty.

Similarly, Portugal offers plenty of options for travellers, with Lisbon and Faro in particular providing stunning culture, amazing weather and a range of excellent attractions. However, which is the best?

Is Austria the perfect outdoor destination?

While Portugal is well-regarded for its summer weather, Austria blossoms all year round thanks to its majestic landscape. Ideal for either a city break or a ski holiday, Austria is a truly unique sight to behold.

For those looking to understand the country’s culture, Salzburg is the place to be. The Old Town and Fortress give visitors a wonderful insight into the area’s history and provide unbelievable photo opportunities, while the Untersberg cable car delivers magnificent panoramic views of the glorious scenery nearby. What’s more, the gothic architecture and amazing food in the Old Market Square help tourists to familiarise themselves with local life.

On the other hand, Innsbruck is primarily perceived as a ski destination, but it also makes for a delightful city break. Sights such as Altstadt von Innsbruck and the Schloss Ambrass are fantastic places to explore. You can end your walks by trying out some of the magnificent local restaurants, too.

Credit: Sergei AleshinIf you’re a winter sports fan, you will probably be aware of Innsbruck’s credentials. With some amazing resorts to choose from, it’s the perfect place to visit whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Plus, even if you’re not going on the slopes, the scenery is jaw-dropping and cable rides such as the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen allow you to appreciate it without getting wet!

Rating: Sublime views and extraordinary culture make this a fantastic city break location. 4.5/5.

Does Portugal provide the perfect summer break?

Much like Spain, Portugal has established itself as a popular summer location for British travellers and one of the reasons for this is Faro. With its 20 beaches, extraordinary cliffside location and historic architecture, the city sees UK holidaymakers return year-after-year.

Ilha Deserta is one of the most popular stops for tourists. Just a short boat ride away, the island has sand that stretches for miles and a tranquil atmosphere that feels like you have been dropped off in paradise. The Old Town and cathedral are other must-see attractions. These sites are great places to wander around and truly showcase the city’s illustrious history.

Lisbon is another fantastic destination with a diverse array of things to see and do. With architecture dating back centuries and historic attractions such as Bairro Alto, the Jeronimos Monastery and Torre de Belem ready and waiting to be explored, choosing what to do is often the only problem.

However, there’s more to Lisbon than its decorated past. Areas including Terreiro do Paco and the Time Out Market are full of amazing shops and restaurants to visit. The bars and eateries here are world-class, with establishments such as Belcanto offering some of the best food in the country.

Rating: Whether you want a relaxing break or wish to explore an exciting new destination, Portugal has it all. 4.5/5.

Winner: Draw! After Spain beat Turkey, we have our first evenly fought contest!

It’s simply too hard to pick between these two, which are continuing to flourish in the travel market. Portugal’s combination of diverse cities and the laid-back atmosphere of Faro with its outstanding beaches mean it has a wide appeal to travellers.

What’s more, Portugal’s national railway service and efficient bus network mean it is simple for people to get around if they want to explore more areas of the country. Both Lisbon and Faro are easy to walk around, making them fantastic destinations for those who want to just go for a wander.

While Austria can’t match Portugal for summer weather, it manages to sparkle no matter the season. Salzburg and Innsbruck look simply sublime with their beautiful buildings and magnificent landscapes.



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