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Some months ago we pitted Barcelona against Madrid in a travel battle that sent shockwaves around the world (in our minds). But what would happen if we pitted countries against one another ? What would happen, say, if we pitted Portugal against Spain in a battle of supremacy for the best summer holiday destination? Who comes out on top?
Spain has plenty of must sees. Cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Seville ooze attractions like the La Sagrada Familia, the Royal Palace, Las Ramblas and much more. Plus, its coasts are literally littered with fantastic beaches and package holiday resorts which attract millions of tourists throughout the year, every year. The Costa Blanca and Costa Brava are teeming with tourists, taking advantage of sandy beaches, water sports and warm seas.
Portugal on the other hand can more then hold its own on the beach front. The Algarve is renowned throughout the world for its fabulous holiday opportunities and there are not many places that can come close to what it has to offer. The capital Lisbon is often overlooked by visitors but those who have visited know that it really is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
The Spanish love their food and they have successfully exported some of their more famous dishes overseas. Paella and tapas are probably the most well-known, although those found in other countries do not come close to the original Spanish versions!
Portugal’s cuisine is largely based around fresh fish and vegetables and has been covered by us previously on a previous blog
Both countries, being so close to each other, enjoy similar weather conditions so there is not much to separate them here! Cheap Portugal holidays and trips to Spain during the spring, summer and autumn months are almost guaranteed sunshine!
Random Fact Battle
Spain has, apparently, the highest number of bars, restaurants and coffee shops in the European Union, making it the perfect place for holiday-makers to find somewhere to relax after a hard days sunbathing.
Unlike in Spain, it is illegal to kill a bull in Portuguese bullfighting, making it slightly more appealing to those of you who would consider going to a bullfighting event.
And the Winner is…
Both are fantastic destinations with something to offer everyone, but it is hard to look beyond Spain. For decades it has lead the way in European tourism thanks to its seaside resorts and fantastic cities. If you want a cheap holidays to Spain, you really are spoilt for choice as to where to go!
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Ricky is a keen traveller and writer who shares a passion for both. Ricky has travelled extensively, visiting various countries in Europe and South East Asia along with Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Ricky is a resident blogger for travel specialists Beat the Brochure, and in his spare time enjoys playing football and following Chelsea FC. Google Visit his Google + page for more information.