What to see in Portugal

Portugal Attractions

Sightseeing in Portugal is a privilege and joy to those who've sampled the country's warm climate, charming ports and friendly people.

Portugal's prodigious sailors have historically chartered course for every foreign shore on the planet, but today the country has an altogether new focus - drawing the world to her shores. Marketing itself as 'Europe's West Coast', everything from the hot springs of the Azore Islands to hiking and sailing in Madeira and the cultural sights of Lisbon have been revamped and are being served in true style to tourists from every corner of the globe. Portugal is the 7th most peaceful nation in the world according to the Global Peace Index, making its many marvellous sights safe to explore and conquer.

Portugal is known for its seafaring history and continued legacy as a coastal paradise. Jet skiing, diving, swimming, sailing, you name it and they cater for it. The Estoril Coast is comprised of a set of pristine blue-flag beaches ready for your worn feet. While the sea will always be Portugal's first love, the country does also boast great sites such as the Sintra-Casais Natural Park, a World Heritage Site and the capital of Lisbon, a cosmopolitan and metropolitan city to rival the likes of Madrid and Paris.


The oldest part of Lisbon, the Alfama quarter sprawls down the hillside from below the Castelo de Sao Jorge, retaining…

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Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto district (literally the Upper City) is, like the Alfama, an historic enclave dating from 1513, which…

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Castelo de Sao Jorge

The walls of Saint George's Castle, sitting atop a hill guarding the Tagus, date from the Moorish occupation in the 10th…

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In 1917 the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared above an oak tree and spoke to three peasant children in the valley of Cova…

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Frederico de Freitas Museum

Named after the Madeiran lawyer who amassed the fascinating collections on display as a hobby, the Frederico de Freitas…

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Funchal Cathedral

In the heart of the historic part of Funchal stands the cathedral (Sé do Funchal) which is the most impressive…

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The historic town is regarded as the birthplace of Portugal, because it was here in 1128 that Afonso Henriques became…

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Jeronimos Monastery

One of Portugal's most iconic tourist sights, the Jeronimos Monastery is an absolute must-see attraction for visitors…

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Monument to the Discoveries

One of the most famous sights in Lisbon is the imposing Padrão dos Descobrimentos, situated on the riverbank in…

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Oceanario de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium)

Marketed as the second best aquarium in the world, the world-class Lisbon Oceanarium is the most impressive achievement…

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Tower of Belem

Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belem…

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Our Travel Expert

Steve Masters first visited Portugal in 1989 and, later, lived in Porto for several years before returning to the UK. He speaks the language and is well versed in the culture of Portugal. He currently works on behalf of Rocha Brava, a holiday resort located in the Algarve.

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