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Welcome to Portugal

Long overlooked in favor of its larger neighbor, Spain, Portugal is holding its own on the European travel circuit today, as growing numbers of visitors discover its old-world charms. Outstanding food, award-winning wines, and distinctive Manueline architecture are just the beginning. Portugal's diverse landscapes range from granite peaks and forested hills in the north, to the sunny beaches of the southern Algarve—all bordered by nearly 500 miles of stunning Atlantic coastline. Start in Lisbon, taking in the capital's many historical sights and famous hills by foot or electric bike. The country's faded glory as a maritime empire in the 15th and 16th centuries is most evident here, but humans have lived in this region since prehistoric times. After a city tour, take a day trip to wander through Roman ruins in Evora; tour a royal castle and a Moorish palace in Sintra; or visit one of the well-preserved medieval villages, like Obidos, that are sprinkled all over the countryside. In Northern Portugal, foodies flock to the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley for wine- and food-tasting tours. Porto's striking harbor is the starting point for scenic Douro River cruises. Thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline fix by surfing, skydiving, or parasailing in the Algarve. And for those who prefer a more relaxed pace, the fishing villages of Nazare, Sagres, and Tavira can feel like a trip back in time. Portugal's delights are many, and with easy access to Western Spain, your Iberian itinerary could extend to Seville, Cordoba, or Granada.

Top 10 attractions in Portugal

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Sintra

Sintra

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Once a hot spot destination for Portuguese royalty—Lord Byron called it a “glorious Eden”—Sintra is widely acclaimed as one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations, full of gardens, tiled villas, colorful palaces, and neo-Gothic structures, all surrounded by verdant hills rolling toward the Atlantic Ocean.More
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Clérigos Church and Tower (Torre & Igreja dos Clérigos)

Clérigos Church and Tower (Torre & Igreja dos Clérigos)

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Standing atop a hill overlooking Porto, Portugal, are the Igreja dos Clérigos, an 18th-century church and one of the city’s architectural symbols, and the Toree dos Clérigos, its bell tower. Intricately carved baroque shells and garlands on the church reflect Porto’s seaside location, and the bell tower offers panoramic views of the city.More
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Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

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A mighty medieval fortress perched on the banks of the Tagus River, Belem Tower is one of Lisbon’s most visited landmarks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), it’s a lasting symbol of Portugal’s maritime heritage, dating back to the early 16th century.More
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Dom Luis Bridge (Ponte de Dom Luis I)

Dom Luis Bridge (Ponte de Dom Luis I)

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Designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel—the architect responsible for the Eiffel Tower—Ponte de Dom Luis I marked a significant step forward in Porto’s economic growth at the time of its construction; before it existed, the only passages across the river were boats lashed together. Today, visitors can admire the Douro River and the Ribeira District from the pedestrian walkway of Porto’s most symbolic sight.More
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Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

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Watching over the city from its hilltop spot, the imposing fort-like Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)is a reminder of Porto’s diverse history. Featuring Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture, this is Porto’s oldest and largest church, a must-visit for architecture and history aficionados.More
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Alfama

Alfama

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Sprawling down the southern slopes of Lisbon, Alfama is the capital’s oldest and most picturesque district with steep cobblestone lanes and a sea of terracotta roofs. Head there in the day to take in the sights, browse the flea market, and ride the historic tram, then come back after dark to soak up the atmosphere at the many fado bars.More
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Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta)

Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta)

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A sandy, uninhabited island off Portugal’s Algarve coast, Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta) is a popular beach destination and wildlife refuge inside Ria Formosa National Park. With freshwater lagoons, salt flats, sand dunes, and more, the park has a diverse range of habitats—each with its own resident population of birds and other species, including chameleons.More
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Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle)

Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle)

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Since the 11th century, St. George’s Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) has stood tall in the Lisbon skyline, viewable from almost every point in the city. The Moorish castle overlooks various districts and offers some of the best panoramas of the city. Even if you have only a few hours, the former fortress offers plenty for you to do.More
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Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

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Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) was home to Lisbon’s Royal Palace until a 1755 earthquake brought it to the ground. The palace now stands elsewhere, and the square has been restored with ornate arches, grandiose civic buildings, and an equestrian statue of King Jose I. Marble steps lead from Praça do Comércio down to the River Tagus.More
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Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte)

Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte)

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Dating back to 1741, the Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte is the most important pilgrimage site on the island of Madeira. Notable relics inside the church include the tomb of Charles I of Hapsburg, an Austrian emperor exiled to Madeira, and a silver sculpture of the Virgin Mary.More

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Top activities in Portugal

Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
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Complete Douro Valley Wine Tour with Lunch, Wine Tastings and River Cruise
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Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Lunch From Porto with Pickup
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
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Small group tour to Sintra, Pena Palace, Regaleira, Cabo da Roca and Cascais
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Sintra Full-Day Private Tour - A Journey through Wonderland
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Lisbon Traditional Boats - Sunset Cruise
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Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
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Douro Valley - Expert wine guide all day, Boat, Lunch and Tastings.All included
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Albufeira Beach BBQ with Caves and Coastline Cruise
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Lisbon Small-Group Portuguese Food and Wine Tour
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Sintra Small-Group Tour from Lisbon with Cabo da Roca and Cascais
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Douro Valley 3 Different Wineries with Fabulous Lunch and Optional Boat Cruise
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and River Cruise
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The 10 Tastings of Lisbon With Locals: Private Food Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Portugal

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This was such a great...
Amy_L, May 2022
Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
Very small group and lots to see and do.
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One of the highlights of our holiday!
Shannon_M, May 2022
Half-Day Algarve Countryside and Villages Jeep Safari
You get to see all the back country roads you wouldn’t get to by car.
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A beautiful ride to Cascais
PerAnders_N, May 2022
Sintra & Cascais e-bike Guided Tour
A guide full of knowledge and excellent ideas of what to see in northern Portugal.
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Wonderful Tour
Kenneth_N, May 2022
Lisbon Full-Day Small Group City Tour with River Crossing by Ferry
He spoke excellent English and had a great sense of humor.
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Fun-Filled Day
bianca_c, May 2022
Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon
An excellent way to see more to Portugal in just one day!
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Jeep adventure trip in Algarve!
Silvia_P, May 2022
Half Day Tour with Jeep Safari in the Algarve Mountains
We got to see a lot of the Algarve mountains and vegetation.
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We were able to see parts...
Ray_D, May 2022
Lisbon: Half Day Sightseeing Tour on a Private Electric Tuk Tuk
We were able to see parts of Lisbon that we would not have been able to see on our own.
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Interesting and fun.
Deborah_L, Apr 2022
Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
Nice to see historical towns outside of Porto.
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Fatima foi fantastico
Michael_W, Apr 2022
Porto: Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip
Francisco was very enjoyable and knowledgeable hope to see him again when we return to Portugal in July
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A fun way to see more of Portugal
Scott_J, Apr 2022
Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
This was a great way to see a few different towns in Portugal!
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An Excellent Way to Maximize Your Time in Portugal
Scott_J, Apr 2022
Small group tour to Sintra, Pena Palace, Regaleira, Cabo da Roca and Cascais
We got to see so many things, take so many awesome pictures, and really maximize our time in Portugal with this tour.
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Amazing day trip with wonderful guide.
CarolineEmilie_T, Apr 2022
Tour Sintra Cascais - Full day Tour
We had an amazing day trip and got to see so many wonderful areas outside Lisbon.
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Portugal is Love
Lizzy, Apr 2022
Sintra, Pena Palace & Quinta Regalheira, Roca Cape and Cascais small group tour
Grateful for this experience, definitely made me want to see more of beautiful Portugal.
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The origins of Portugal.
denise_h, Apr 2022
Megalithic from Évora
He gave us a wealth of information in excellent English.
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Wonderful tour
Sridhar_N, Apr 2022
Seville Day Trip from the Algarve
If you are based in algarve then this trip gives you the opportunity to visit Seville across the land border.
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Sintra Group Tour
Robert_P, Mar 2022
Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
Wonderful way to spend the day to see the sites outside of the Lisbon district.
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Great experience when visiting Porto
Vincent_V, Mar 2022
Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Lunch From Porto with Pickup
You get to see a lot more of Portugal itself and the views are amazing.
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Great Tour
Alyssa_M, Mar 2022
Sintra Private Tour with Pena Palace Entrance Ticket
All three locations to see were fantastic - and they were made even better by Susana.
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Great experience
Margaret_d, Mar 2022
Complete Douro Valley Wine Tour with Lunch, Wine Tastings and River Cruise
We were happy to see parts of Portugal that were so beautiful and distinctive to the country.
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Great tour and a great guide!
Ryan_P, Mar 2022
Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon
Joaquim Lopes from Tours De Portugal is an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge, great sense of humour, and good advice in terms of what to see and where to go.

All about Portugal

When to visit

Come summertime, temperatures soar in Portugal, making the Algarve a popular hub for sailing tours and sunbathing sessions. Given its vertiginous hills, the capital city of Lisbon is best saved for the cooler spring and summer months, when you’re less likely to break into a sweat. And in the winter, venture to northerly Porto for a warming glass of port—or two.

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