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Top 27 Attractions in Portugal

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    The colorful Pena Palace in Portugal.

    The Palácio Nacional da Pena is a Portuguese historic building located on one of the peaks of the Sintra Mountains, in the heart of a 200-hectare park in the city of Sintra. It is characterized by its bright colors, yellow and red.

    We owe it to Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He was of German origin and became an adopted Portuguese as a result of his alliance with Queen Marie II.

    In 1839, after having bought the ruins of a 15th-century Hieronymite Monastery, the same sovereign entrusted his summer palace's construction to Baron Ludwig von Eschwege ...

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    Some of the famous Azulejos tiles in Porto.

    Porto held as well endless churches that are decorated with the finest tiles in white and blue, and here and there a touch of yellow, the famous "azulejos". They not only adorn the walls of churches and monasteries but also of simple houses and fountains. They often portray scenes from the country's history or just serve as street name signs or house numbers. The word "azulejo" comes from the Arabic word "az-zulayj", meaning polished stone ...

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    A cellar in the Vila Nova de Gaia district of Porto.

    You cannot leave Porto without a port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia. This district, also known as Gaia, is home to the terracotta-topped port houses that store most of the world’s supply of Port. Enjoy the ambiance from one of the cafes and restaurants at the riverfront or make a boat trip on a "Rabelo" - a ship that was used to transport the port barrels on the river Douro ...

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    Part of the Douro valley near Porto.

    If you want to learn more about port wine, then make a day trip to the Douro Valley. An attractive route of 120km (75 miles) along the winding river the Douro, takes you to the lovely villages from Porto to Pinhao and Tabuaço. From here you can follow the wine route, “Rota do Vinho do Porto”, along with dazzling viewpoints. Start at the Quinta do Seixo, a winery located on a mountain slope ...

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    A nice view of the Dom Luís Bridge connecting Gaia to the Ribeira District in Porto.

    The Dom Luis Bridge is an iron showpiece from 1886 that connects the old Ribeira District of Porto to the port (wine) houses of Vila Nova de Gaia offering spectacular city views.   

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    A street view within the Chiado neighborhood of Lisbon.
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    A hilly street in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon.

    Alfama is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in Lisbon. This charming area is an attraction in itself. Here you wander through steep winding alleys where laundry is drying between colored houses decorated with old gates and precious flower pots. In the evening, you can hear in many places the famous Fado music. You can also explore the area with the popular tram number 28 that runs through the neighborhood ...

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    Some outside walls of the Saint George Castle overlooking Lisbon.

    The Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle) is located on the highest hill of the city and offers stunning views over the River Tagus and the city. It was build in Lisbon's medieval times.

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    The tower of Bélem and its surrounding neighborhood.

    The Tower of Belém is a small fort that stands on the Tagus River banks. The Tower served as a gateway to Lisbon and was also part of the city's defense system. 

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    A view of the Cabo da Roca lighthouse in the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais near Lisbon.

    The Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, including dunes, forests, small lakes, and a beautiful rugged coastline with rocky cliffs.

    Furthermore, it is home to astonishing beaches and the European continent's westernmost point, Cabo da Roca.

    This wild and rugged headland was believed to be the world's edge up until the late 14th century. The isolated atmosphere is enhanced by a desolate scenery, raging Atlantic Ocean waves, and windswept cliffs ...

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    Mount Pico in the Azores Islans of the coast of Portugal.

    Although on an island, Mount Pico is the highest mountain in Portugal. The large volcanic cone of Mount Pico dominates the landscape on the island. The climb to the volcano top is challenging, but you will be rewarded with the most beautiful views.

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    The Caldeira crater in the Azores Islands of Portugal.

    The Caldeira crater on top of Mount Cabeço Gordo in the Azores has impressive dimensions, a diameter of 2km and a depth of 500m. From the lookout point on the riff, you have spectacular views of the crater, surrounded by blue hydrangeas, and covered with ferns and mosses.

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    The "Portas da Cidade" city gate entrance to the city of Ponta Delgada.

    The “Portas da Cidade” is a triple black and white entrance gate that serves as the symbol of the town of Ponta Delgada.

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    An overview of the Lagoa das Sete Cidades (lake) in the Azores, Portugal.

    This large freshwater lake is situated in an enormous volcanic crater and famous for its spectacular nature and beautiful sparkling blue and green shade colors. Around the lake, you find many hiking trails with gorgeous views of the breathtaking landscape.

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    A picture of the Lagoa do Fogo in the Azores.

    The beautiful Lagoa do Fogo (meaning "lagoon of fire") that you find in the center of São Miguel's collapsed volcano is a real natural wonder. Surrounded by small beaches and hiking trails this is a perfect spot for an active or relaxing day out.

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  • * Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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