The Portugal Travel Guide

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Lisbon, was named the Europe Capital of Culture in 1994 and is Portugal’s largest city at just over 500,000. Slightly off-the-beaten track, It is often one of the last major western European cities travelers visit, but often ends up one of their favorite cities in once they’ve visited. Lisbon is the most inexpensive major city in Western Europe, and is popular with budget travelers. The Alfama Quarter, Lisbon’s trendy district makes a nice base to explore the city and has a great night-life.

  • Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon (One English guided tour daily)
  • Se de Lisboa Fortress, Lisbon
  • Belem Quarter, Lisbon
    • Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon (UNESCO)
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
  • Antiga National Art Museum, Lisbon
Arcades, Lisbon, Portugal
Arcades, Lisbon, Portugal


Evora, Portugal (UNESCO; fortified city; narrow, winding lanes)

  • Roman Temple, Evora
  • Town Square, Evora
  • Se Cathedral, Evora (Fortress like, Medieval with a pair of rose granite towers)
Se Cathedral, Evora
Se Cathedral, Evora – DaBrick / Pixabay


Cascais, Portugal (seaside resort)

Cascais, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal – marionrotter / Pixabay


Luso, Portugal (spa town)

  • Bucaco Forest, Luso (fairytale forest)


Viana do Castelo, North Portugal (Jewel of Costa Verde)

  • Medieval center, Viana do Castelo
  • Praia do Cabedelo Beach, Viana do Castelo


Porto, Portugal (2001 European Capital of Culture)

  • Riberia District (riverfront)
  • Vila Nova Da Gaia, Porto (port-wine region)
  • Casa de Musica, Porto
Porto, Portugal amurca / Pixabay


Faro, Algarve, Portugal (palm-clad waterfront town)

  • Formosa Nature Park, Faro (boat trip through system of lagoons, canals and islands)
Faro, Algarve
Faro, Algarve – Jonny_Joka / Pixabay


Tavira, Algarve, Portugal (Arguably the best town in the Algarve)

  • Iiha de Tavira Beach, Tavira
  • Hilltop Castle, Tavira
  • Roman Bridge, Tavira
Tavira, Algarve
Tavira, Algarve – ddzphoto / Pixabay


Lagos, Algarve, Portugal (fishing port with cobbled streets, old town and nice beaches)

  • Meia Praia Beach, Lagos
  • Praia da Luz Beach, Lagos
Lagos, Algarve
Lagos, Algarve – LauraRinke / Pixabay


Silves, Algarve, Portugal (Orange rooftops along the banks of the Rio Arade)

  • Silves Castle


Sagres, Algarve, Portugal (sea-carved cliffs has end of the world feel)

  • Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres (Europe’s southwestern most point)
  • Sagres Fortress (offers great views over sheer cliffs)
  • Great hiking, Sagres
Sagres, Algarve
Sagres, Algarve – feworave / Pixabay


Salema, Algarve, Portugal

Benagil Caves, Algarve, Portugal
Benagil Caves, Algarve, Portugal


Peniche, Central Portugal (working port, fortified old town)

  • Iihas Berlengas Nature Reserve, Peniche
  • Baleal Island, Peniche (scenic island connected by a narrow causeway, great surfing and beach. Several café/bars line the beach)
  • Berlenga Grande, Berlenga archipelago, Peniche (10km off shore, spectacular, rocky, remote island with rock formations)
  • Peniche Fortress
Peniche Fortress, Portugal
Peniche Fortress, Portugal – taniadimas / Pixabay


Obidos, Central Portugal (fortified city)

  • Wall walk, Obidos
  • Obidos Castle
  • City Center, Obidos (labyrinth of cobblestone streets and flowery whitewashed houses)
Obidos Castle, Portugal
Obidos Castle, Portugal – gustavoboulhosa / Pixabay


Nazare, Central Portugal (cliffside sea town, huge crowds in July and August, top-notch beaches, )

Nazare, Portugal
Nazare, Portugal – jackmac34 / Pixabay


Tomar, Central Portugal (UNESCO; medieval Christian walled monastery)

  • Convento de Cristo, Tomar (HQ for the Knights Templar from 12th to 16th centuries)
Convento de Cristo, Tomar
Convento de Cristo, Tomar – XtianDuGard / Pixabay


Coimbra, Central Portugal (university town)

  • Machado de Castro National Museum, Coimbra (built over a Roman forum, great collection and roman architecture)
  • Se Velha Cathedral, Coimbra (Portugal’s finest example of Roman architecture)
  • Roman Townruins , Conimbriga, Portugal
Coimbra, Portugal
Coimbra, Portugal – falco / Pixabay


Sintra, Portugal (cliffside sea town)

  • Palacio National da Pena, Sintra (amazing castle)
  • Quinta da Regaleria, Sintra
  • Moors Castle, Sintra
Palacio, Sintra
Palacio, Sintra – breakpoint / Pixabay
Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal


Braga, North Portugal (Countries third largest city)

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal – pohjakroon / Pixabay


Peneda-Geres National Park, Portugal (main town is Vila do Geres)


Guimaraes, Portugal (2012 European Capital of Culture)

Castle of Guimaraes, Portugal
Castle of Guimaraes, Portugal – Svetlanatravel / Pixabay


Averio, Portugal


Leiria, Portugal


Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Ponta Delgada, Portugal – Comanche0 / Pixabay


Prado, Portugal


Formosa Natural Park, Portugal


Serra de Estrela Natural Park, Portugal


Vila Real, Portugal


Alcobaca, Portugal (UNESCO; fortified city; medieval Christian monastery)

Alcobaca, Portugal
Alcobaca, Portugal – jackmac34 / Pixabay


Batalha, Portugal (UNESCO; medieval Christian fortified monastery)

Batalha, Portugal
Batalha, Portugal – Sweetaholic / Pixabay



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