Portugal Travel Guide

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Tacked on the side of the sunny shores of Spain, Portugal is all too often excluded from a pan-European itinerary. While it might not quite fall into the ‘tourist free’ category anymore (plenty of Portuguese beaches are just as rammed with sunbathers as their Spanish counterparts), the sheer range of exciting destinations makes the country's slight ‘afterthought’ status a little shocking, especially to those who do make it.

Major cities Lisbon and Porto are both magical places to stroll round, home to castle ramparts and old-world alleyways, river views and clattering trams streaming down cobbled streets. At times it feels like there’s a new surprise round every corner, and a break for the traditional custard tarts or the potent taste of aged port comes only when legs grow weary. Lisbon’s revitalized Bairro Alto district is the place to go for a true taste of Portuguese nightlife, with jazz and electronica infusing the air until the sun comes up, and every corner of the winding, narrow streets home to another exuberant nightspot or café.

Back on the beaches, you’ll find a summer of relentless sun, best enjoyed at the buzzing surf spot of Lagos (not an African capital!) or the beautiful, verdant island of Ilha de Tavira, the stand outs amongst swathes of sandy but sometimes generic holiday spots.

Inland, there’s plenty of living history to explore, like the extensive open-air Stone Age art to be seen at Vila Nova de Foz Coa, or the historical era mish mash you can hunt down at outstanding Evora, chock full of elaborate architecture. The Roman ruins at Coimbra and expansive old castles at Castelo de Vide are exceptional experiences, too, as are the cork farms, home to Portugal’s most eminent export.

Pastel washes and alluring little side streets are Portugal’s trade mark, and digging into a freshly grilled sardine sandwich while you explore the flowery corners and simple street art has many visitors falling head over heals for the country’s sun-bleached delights. To top it all off, unlike large parts of Europe, Portugal won’t break the bank.

Lisbon #1 most popular location
Lisbon is like a city on display, draped across the hillsides above the Rio Tejo, and a beautiful display it is, too. Dig deeper into Portugal’s capital, though, and you’ll quickly find t…
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Porto #2 most popular location
Known worldwide for its rich brand of wine, port, which is drunk internationally with high quality cheeses, as well as Europe-wide for the fast-paced attacking play of the local football team…
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Albufeira #3 most popular location
Albufeira has a very nice old center. But if you want to see the authentic portugal, there is not much left. In 1755 there was an earthquake this destroyed a lot. The main places in the south…
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Lagos #4 most popular location
Lagos is one of the larger cities in the southern Algarve region of Portugal. While its history dates back to the 13th century and many excursions by Henry the Navigator it i snow primarily …
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Funchal #5 most popular location
The island of Madeira was discovered by the Portuguese in 1219, with the first settlers arriving 5 years later. When landing they encountered a great abundance of fennel, a herb with a sweet-…
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Portimao #6 most popular location
A coastal town on Portugal's southern Algarve. Portimao is famed for its Praia de Rocha beach and hotel and holiday accommodation. Whilst the town is pleasant there are few remnants of older …
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Sintra #7 most popular location
Sintra is both a town and a municipality in Portugal, located in the district of Lisbon. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture. It h…
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Cascais #8 most popular location
Cascais used to be a small fishing village until the Portuguese royal family decided to vacation here in the late 19th century and early 20th century. From then on it quickly became a popular…
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Vilamoura #9 most popular location
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Faro #10 most popular location
For many people Faro is merely the airport at which to arrive en-route to the more popular destinations in the Algarve and so doing they miss out on a uniquely characterful little city - it i…
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Fatima #11 most popular location
Fatima is a town located 142 km (88 miles) North of Lisbon. Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima's Sanctuary welcomes million…
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Tavira #12 most popular location
Tavira is in Portugal's Algarve region but stands back a little from the coast. However 11km of great beaches are to be found n Tavira Island , only separated from the mainland by a narrow st…
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Coimbra #13 most popular location
The city of Coimbra, one of the main Portuguese cities, that was once, in 1139 and for more then a century, the Portuguese Capital, is directly associated with its University and the academic…
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Braga #14 most popular location
The religious capital of Portugal, Braga has a rich history, since its foundation in 16 AD, by the Romans, under the original name of Braccara Augusta. After the Romans the city maintained it…
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Ponta Delgada #15 most popular location
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Evora #16 most popular location
The town of Évora has a history dating back for more than two millennia. The Romans conquered Évora in 57 BC and it became a flourishing city. After a Barbarian evasion in 584, a Moorish ru…
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Sagres #17 most popular location
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Estoril #18 most popular location
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Obidos #19 most popular location
Óbidos is located on a hill and the old town is still completely encircled by a fortified wall. The place has been around for a long time, the name Óbidos is probably derived from the Latin…
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Setubal #20 most popular location
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Guimaraes #21 most popular location
Guimarães is a city located in the northwest of Portugal, district of Braga. It has 52.182 inhabitants for an urban area of 23.5 km2. It is one of the most important historical cities in …
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Madeira #22 most popular location
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Viana do Castelo #23 most popular location
Viana do Castelo is a city located in the northwest of Portugal. It is also the capital city of the Viana do Castelo district, which is bounded north by Spain and south by Braga. It has 36,14…
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Peniche #24 most popular location
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Nazare #25 most popular location
Reportedly founded by Phoenicians, this beautiful beach still retains today unique characteristics, which distinguish it from the surrounding populations. With the Christian reconquest, the …
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Carvoeiro #26 most popular location
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Aveiro #27 most popular location
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Figueira da Foz #28 most popular location
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Quarteira #29 most popular location
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Matosinhos #30 most popular location
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Vila Nova de Gaia #31 most popular location
Gaia is basically on the other side of the river across from Porto and is famous for the many winery cellars. A huge mall is also located in Gaia called the Arrabida mall. I don't think the g…
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Viseu #32 most popular location
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Lagoa #33 most popular location
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Algarve #34 most popular location
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Marvao #35 most popular location
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Porto Santo #36 most popular location
Belem #37 most popular location
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Angra do Heroismo #38 most popular location
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Aljezur #39 most popular location
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Povoa de Varzim #40 most popular location
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Luso #41 most popular location
Batalha #42 most popular location
D. Fernando I, died without a son, leaving only one daughter married to the king of Castilla, who claimed the throne of Portugal. The Portuguese nobles opposed and settled a serious crisis, w…
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Monchique #43 most popular location
Horta #44 most popular location
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Loule #45 most popular location
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Braganca #46 most popular location
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Estremoz #47 most popular location
Elvas #48 most popular location
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Tomar #49 most popular location
Tomar is a nice town 137 km far from Lisbon. It is located in the centre of Portugal. Its main sight is the castle-convent of the Templars. It was initially built as a castle in 1160. Its …
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Caldas da Rainha #50 most popular location
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