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Tourist Attractions in Portugal

The most interesting and beautiful tourist sites in Portugal

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About Portugal

Mysterious Portugal is a country with a rich history and culture, warm temperate climate, first-class service and low crime rate. Located in the south-west of the Iberian Peninsula, it is not very familiar to tourists who still prefer other, more classic European destinations – France, Spain, Italy.

Meanwhile, Portugal deserves to give it some of your holiday and attention. Ancient cities and magnificent medieval fortresses, well-appointed, clean beaches and well-developed infrastructure, numerous resorts and sumptuous local cuisine make holidays in this country rich, interesting and diverse. Subtropical Mediterranean climate allows you to holiday in Portugal almost all year round. The only thing to consider is that winters in this country are rainy, though warm – from +5 to +10 °C.

There are a lot of four-five-star hotels in the country. The best of them are located in ancient castles and fortresses. It is best to start your acquaintance with Portugal from Lisbon. Then you can move on to smaller cities – Porto, Braga, Coimbra. One should not forget that in addition to the continental part Portugal has island possessions – Madeira archipelago. The main visiting card of the country – port wine should be tasted in combination with local delicacy – swordfish. Fish and seafood dishes are the main focus of Portuguese cuisine.

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The nine islands in the centre of the Atlantic are quiet and peaceful. There is no developed infrastructure, but there are plenty of whales, dolphins and coral. The Azores archipelago is visited by lovers of beach holidays, eco-tourism, diving and fishing. There are therapeutic geysers in sulphur caves, and the island of Picu has its own volcano.

Belém Tower

87129 reviews
Standing on an island in the Tagus River, the fort is one of the symbols of Lisbon. It was built in the first third of the 16th century, in honour of Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route to India, and was used alternately as a fortress, powder depot, prison and customs house. Nowadays, the tower is open to tourists.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM


Portugal’s wine region is the birthplace of Port wine, which became world famous in the 18th century. Wine has been made in the area for the last two thousand years, as evidenced by grape seeds found in the soil and production dating back to the 3rd-4th centuries. Today, the Douro Valley produces both light (Bordeaux) and fortified (Burgundy) beverages.


The Portuguese Venice was first mentioned in chronicles in 959. The river running through the city, with its colourful seaweed boats, gives Aveira an inexplicable charm. Local attractions date back to the Middle Ages. The city centre consists of art nouveau houses.

National Palace of Pena

82819 reviews
The “medieval” Pena Palace, located above the town of Sitra, only appears old at first glance. In fact, it was built in the 19th century in the then popular Romantic style, mimicking ancient architecture. The park around the palace contains plants from different parts of the world: Australian ferns, North American sequoia, Mediterranean cypress.
Open time
Monday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Vasco da Gama Bridge

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The longest bridge in Europe was opened in 1998. The cable-stayed structure, which turns into a viaduct, stretches across the Tagus River for more than seventeen kilometres. The bridge consists of seven sections and six car lanes. Since 2008, entering Lisbon via Vasco da Gama is toll-free. The bridge allows speeds of up to one hundred and twenty kilometres per hour.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

Museum Frei Manuel do Cenáculo

212 reviews
Located one hundred and thirty kilometres from Lisbon, Évora contains the cultural heritage of the ancient Romans and Moors. The oldest monument is the Temple of Diana (II-III century AD), the most unusual is the “Chapel of Bones”, made of the skeletons of ten thousand Portuguese Christians. Narrow streets, numerous squares with fountains and arches rising as if from the ground make Evora a real open-air museum.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 – 5:30 PM


Located a thousand kilometres from Portugal, on the western side of Africa, the island is world famous for its clean air and balneological centres. There are practically no beaches on Madeira. The exit to the ocean is carried out on special ladders. The main island activities are windsurfing, diving, golf, tennis, horse riding, tuna and dwarf shark hunting.

Alcobaça Monastery

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The Cistercian (Catholic) monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobasa was founded in the middle of the 12th century. The period of the monastery’s prosperity was in the XIV-XVI centuries, when two castles and thirteen towns came under its jurisdiction. The three-nave basilica of the abbey is built in the Gothic style. The facade of the cathedral has pronounced Baroque features.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sanctuary of Christ the King-Portugal

32940 reviews
The twenty-eight metre high statue of Jesus Christ, overlooking the town of Almada, on a seventy-five metre high pedestal, was built with popular, predominantly female, donations in the mid-twentieth century. Cristo Rei is a request to God to save Portugal from World War II. A successful request, as the country did not eventually participate in it.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Castelo de Óbidos

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One of the Seven Wonders of Portugal was built in the 12th century on the site of ancient Roman baths. The four-cornered fortress was built in the classic Manuelino military style of the time, combining elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Moorish culture. After the Lisbon earthquake, the castle fell into disrepair. Since the 19th century, it has functioned as a silent museum.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Almendres Cromlech

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Huge blocks of stone (megaliths), which have survived since the Neolithic period (the last stage of the Stone Age), are the largest assemblage of menhirs (vertically set stones) on the Iberian Peninsula. Ten of the Almendrish monoliths contain carved images. Four of them have small round holes.
Open time
Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Luís I Bridge

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The bridge connecting the cities of Porto and Vila Nova di Gaia is named after King Luís I of Portugal. The massive structure is three hundred and eighty-five metres long and was built in 1886. The Don Luis Bridge is designed for road and railway transport. It also has a special pedestrian zone.

Quinta da Regaleira

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The palace and park complex of Baroness Regaleira consists of a four-storey neo-Gothic palace, a Roman Catholic chapel and a tiered park consisting of an “upper” wild forest and a lower, garden part. The Gothic turrets and gargoyles of the palace look organically surrounded by artificial grottoes and carved benches.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Porto Santo Island

560 reviews
This tiny island in the Maidera archipelago is an ideal place for relaxation surrounded by golden beaches, emerald greenery and turquoise water. Despite its small size, Porto Santo can offer tourists a well-developed infrastructure and plenty of activities, from sightseeing to diving.

Monte Palace Madeira

16613 reviews
The tropical garden on the island of Madeira around the Monte Palace consists of two artificial lakes and a huge number of native and exotic plants brought from all over the world. The garden area is decorated with numerous sculptures and square stones, lanterns and Buddha statues. On the paths of Monte you can meet handsome peacocks and fighting Indonesian roosters.
Open time
Monday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM


The upmarket resort of Vilamoura is the main tourist centre of the Lisbon Riviera. Three major blue-flag beaches, six golf clubs, ruins of ancient Roman baths, diving centres and art galleries coexist with seaside cafes and chic restaurants. There are tennis and squash courts, bicycle paths and a casino.


Emerging from a 12th century fishing settlement, Cascais is now a recognised centre for youth leisure activities. By day, the town lives a measured tourist life, introducing holidaymakers to the historical and architectural ensemble of the centre. At night Cascais is illuminated by the lights of numerous discos and nightclubs. The local beaches are ideal for lovers of extreme water sports.

Guimarães Castle

29184 reviews
A medieval fortress built in the middle of the 10th century to protect a nearby monastery, it was used as a defence structure for five centuries. The Guimarães Castle was then turned into a prison. From the 18th century onwards, the deteriorating structure was gradually dismantled by the locals. At the end of the 19th century, the castle was declared a historical monument, restored and opened to the public.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Marinha Beach

10416 reviews
Located near the town of Carvoeiro, the beach is both exquisitely beautiful and steep, unsuitable for older holidaymakers and families with small children. Everyone else can walk down a long, steep staircase to Praia da Marina, admire the changing colours of the water and explore the local coves, grottos and caves.