69 Things to do in Portugal

Welcome to the blog Go To Portugal!

My name is Tiago and I’m going to help you to discover the tourist attractions but, most of all, I’ll help you to discover the real Portugal.

If you search the Internet you won’t have any problems finding the tourist attractions in Lisbon or in Porto, but Portugal is much more than these two beautiful cities.

You’ll find extraordinary places that few tourists know like Peneda-Gerês National Park, villages frozen in time, beautiful landscapes and, of course, the Portuguese traditions.

I’m not just going to show you these amazing places, you’ll get detailed travel tips as well to visit the Portuguese wonders, step-by-step.
Below, you’ll find the last two articles that I’ve just published and after that you can read the 69 things you should do when visiting Portugal.

Let’s Visit Portugal!

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Once, there was a small corner in Europe of 92 090 km2, a place which became known as Portugal (1139 A.D.) – D. Afonso Henriques was the founder of this kingdom and its first king.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, during the Age of Discoveries, the Portuguese went on several voyages and maritime explorations, in search of new trade routes. The Kingdom of Portugal colonized territories in Africa, Asia and South America, becoming the world’s most important political and economic power.

The Portuguese discoveries played a major role in shaping the world map. The Kingdom of Portugal was the first global empire and the longest of the modern European colonial kingdoms.

Thanks to the Age of Discoveries, Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages in the world and the oficial language in the former Portuguese colonies: Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and East-Timor. Furthermore, there are also Portuguese language speakers in Macao (China) and in Goa (India), places that were once Portuguese colonies.

Descobrimentos e explorações portugueses

Nowadays, the financial crisis still being felt in the world, made Portugal one of the most affected European countries but this country is much more than this.

Portugal is a country where the sun shines 300 days in the year, a country with na amazing history, an extraordinary culture, a delicious gastronomy, magnificente landscapes, beautiful beaches, mountains greater than you can imagine and a warm people that will make you feel at home.

Portugal is one of those rare countries in the world that once you visit it, you will never forget it. This country generates in us a unique feeling, “Saudade”, when we’re away from this beautiful country.

Here are the 5 reasons why you should visit Portugal:

1. The Beaches

Marinha Beach Algarve

With 850 kms of coastline, Portugal has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the North to Algarve, from Central Portugal to Lisbon and Alentejo, you will find amazing beaches with natural beauty where you can spend great times with your family, surfing or simply sunbathing.

2. The History

Things to do in Portugal
Palácio da Pena – Sintra

With over eight centuries of history, Portugal knows how to take care of the treasures of its glorious past. You can admire its long history in the majestic castles, palaces, monasteries and cathedrals. During your visit to Portugal, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the 14 sites listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage.

3. The Gastronomy

Things to do in Portugal

Portuguese gastronomy is one of the most varied and rich in the world. Thanks to its proximity to the sea, Portugal offers an unmatched quality and freshness of fish and seafood. Try the codfish and the Portuguese grilled fish, I know you’ll enjoy it! Though Portuguese gastronomy is very much influenced by the sea, you can also enjoy the mouth-watering meat dishes, such as the Portuguese steak and carne de porco (pork meat) à Alentejana.

To complement these dishes, taste a good “vinho verde” wine produced inMinho and Douro or choose a red wine from Alentejo. For dessert try the delicious “pastéis de Belém” with a cup of coffee.

4. The Culture

Things to do in Portugal

In Portugal, you will find Fado, a melancholic music genre that alludes to the feeling of missing those who left, of love and daily life sadness. When you visit Portugal, go to a Fado concert, you will be amazed by the emotion in each performance. You can also go to some of the music festivals, such as Festival Sudoeste, Nos Primavera Sound, Super Bock Super Rock, Festival de Música do Mundo and Rock in Rio.

5. The Landscapes

Lagoa do Fogo - Azores - Things to do in Portugal

Portugal has a great diversity of landscapes, from the viewpoints in Lisbon to the coastline and the wilderness of the parks of Peneda-Gerês, Alvão, Serra da Estrela – so many astonishing landscapes that will amaze you. Admire Portugal from the top of the cliffs, mountains, castles – look everywhere and enjoy the beauty before your eyes.

Portugal is this and much more. You will discover a wonderful and charming country, in every breath you take. When you visit Portugal you will get to know the friendliness of the Portuguese people, their smile, openness, simplicity and joy of living, making this trip a wonderful experience.

Still not convinced?

Then you should read about the 69 things to do in Portugal

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Ponta da Piedade

Ponta da Piedade - Things to do in Portugal

Located near the port city of Lagos, Ponta da Piedade is an exceptional natural place. Ponta da Piedade offers a stunning view over Cape St. Vincent, with beautiful cliffs, arches and caves.

Sortelha

Sortelha - Things to do in Portugal

Sortelha village was the one that enchanted me the most when I visited the historic villages. When you visit this village you’ll go back in time, to the medieval period, and admire the granite houses that blend in the rocks and the beautiful castle.

Ribeira

Porto - Ribeira

 

Classified as Unesco World Heritage since 1996, Ribeira, Douro’s riverfront, is the more emblematic neighbourhood and the historic centre of Porto.

Have a stroll through the narrow streets to discover the real appeal of this place. In Ribeira’s riverfront you may gaze at the Dom Luis I Bridge designed by the engineer Théophile Seyrug, Gustave Eiffel’s disciple.

São Jorge Castle

Things to do in Portugal

Located in the highest hill of the historic centre of Lisbon (in the peculiar neighbourhood of Alfama), the ten century old São Jorge Castle is one of the most visited monuments in the Portuguese capital. Aside from knowing the castle’s history, you can also enjoy one the most beautiful views over Lisbon and Tagus river.

Vista do Rei Viewpoint

Miradouro Vista do Rei - Things to do in Portugal

Located near the city of Ponta Delgada in Azores, this viewpoint is, for sure, one of the most beautiful in the island. The “king view” gives amazing views over the Caldeira das Sete Cidades and, most specifically, over its natural lakes, with clear blue and green waters, including the magnificent “Lagoa das Sete Cidades“.

Monsanto

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Monsanto is considered to be the most Portuguese village of Portugal since 1938. You’ll know why when you visit it! Lose yourself in the narrow streets and admire the houses that were erected between rocks, visit the castle, São Miguel chapel and the community oven.

Mira de Aire Caves
Grutas de Mira de Aire

The caves of Mira de Aire were elected in 2010 as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. This 11 kilometre cave complex of rare beauty was discovered in 1947. These caves are located in the village of Mira de Aire, 15kms from Fátima.

Biblioteca Joanina (The Joanina Library)

 Biblioteca Joanina

The Joanina Library (1717) is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Portugal and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, all because of its unique style.

Here, you will find over 60 thousand volumes spanning from the 12th century to the 18th century, beautiful copies from different fields, such as law, theology and philosophy.

Stock Exchange Palace

Palacio da Bolsa - Porto

The Stock Exchange Palace is, in my opinion, the most beautiful monument in Porto. Built in 1862 in a neoclassic style and inspired in the Moorish style, it was meant to be the headquarters of the Commercial Association of Porto. During your visit, you can’t miss thePátio das Nações and the marvelous Arab Room.

Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint

Miradouro Ponta do Sossego - Azores

Located in the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, this viewpoint offers a fascinating and bucolic landscape.

Temple of Diana

Temple of Diana

The Roman Temple, also known as Temple of Diana, is located in the historic centre of Évora, a place that was classified as UNESCO World Heritage.

This temple was built in the 1st century and is one of the most famous monuments in the city and one symbol of the Roman presence in Portugal.

Lagos

Lagos Portugal

Lagos is one of the most beautiful cities in the region of Algarve. It grew as a modern city but, at the same time, kept intact its picturesque charm of its historic centre.

During your stay in Lagos, don’t miss the opportunity of visiting Ponta da Piedade and Dona Ana beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve.

Cape St. Vincent

 Cape St-Vincent

Especially for nature lovers, Cape St. Vincent is, not surprisingly, a nature reserve since 1988 given the number of species that make this place their home: sea otters, herons, Bonelli’s eagles, etc.

This part of the coast has its history. Since the Middle Ages that this edge of Europe was considered as “the end of the world”. Along with the beauty of the surrounding landscape you must visit Sagres fortress, the lighthouse and the old monastery.

Costa Nova

Costa Nova - Aveiro

Costa Nova beach, also known as Costa Nova do Prado, is located in the west coast, 11 kms from Aveiro historic centre.

It is perfect for those who love water sports, such as windsurf, kitesurf and others.

Furthermore, this beach has as its main attraction the beautiful houses painted in a unique way, with vertical and horizontal stripes. These houses belong mainly to local fishermen and stand out to those visiting Costa Nova.

Serra da Estrela

serra-estrela

Serra da Estrela Nature Park is the largest protected area in Portugal, with 101 000 hectares. When you visit the park you may stroll around the incredible landscape, similar to the Alps , discover the hightest point  (Tower) in mainland Portugal (1993 metres) and ski in the only ski slope in Portugal.

Don’t leave without tasting the “Queijo da Serra” (a sort of cheese) and without visiting Manteigas, Sabugueiro and Linhares da Beira villages.

Piódão

Piodao-portugal

Piódão is one of the most beautiful villages in Portugal, mainly because of the schist houses that are displayed in an amphitheatre way. With the sunset and lights turning on, you’ll feel like watching a Nativity set.

Foz d’Égua

Foz de Egua - Portugal

Foz d’Égua is an idyllic village located 4 kms from Piódão. As you can see in the photo, Foz d’Égua is really a “postcard” village. Here you can take some beautiful photographs, swim in the creek, cross the suspended bridge and discover the small shrine in the top of the hill.

Convent of Christ

Convento_Cristo

One of the monuments you can’t miss when you visit Portugal is the Convent of Christ, located in the city of Tomar. It belonged to the Knights Templar, an order that was disbanded in 1314 due to the persecution of the king of France.

The people, the properties and the privileges of the Portuguese part of this order were transferred to a new order (Order of the Knights of Our Lord Jesus Christ) created by the king D. Dinis I.

Tahiti Waterfall

Fecha de Barjas Waterfall, also known as Tahiti Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Peneda-Gerês National Park. To get to this waterfall, first you must go on a stroll, but be assured, it will be worth your while.

Batalha Monastery

Mosteiro da Batalha

Batalha Monastery is one of the most beautiful architecture gems in Portugal and in Europe. The construction of this amazing monument began in 1386 and ended in 1517.

Galapos Beach

Praia de Galapos

Protected by the imposing Serra da Arrábida, Galapos beach is heaven on earth, with a beautiful blue and calm sea and a stretch of golden or very white sand. The crystal clear waters let you gaze at the bottom of the sea, making this beach perfect for a swim and underwater fishing.

Nazaré

Nazare - portugal

The town of Nazaré was a fishing village which became, over time, a tourist village because of its beautiful beach, the fishing related traditions and its untouched natural beauty.

This town is known worldwide for its huge waves that surfers dare to challenge. Furthermore, you can also discover the downtown (near the sea) and Sítio, where you’ll have the most beautiful view over the town (see photo).

Óbidos

Obidos

Óbidos is a fortified village where you can visit the castle (from the outside), stroll through a maze of streets surrounded by houses painted in white and decorated with beautiful flowers and walk along 1,5 km over the city walls.

The University of Coimbra

 Universidade de Coimbra

The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded in Lisbon in 1290 and transferred to Coimbra in 1537.

Inside the university you’ll discover the Chapel of S. Miguel, the Medieval and Academic Prison,  the Arms Room, the Capelos Room, the Private Examination Hall, the Joanina Library and the Tower of the University.

Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira was built between 1904 and 1910 and is located at the town’s historic centre.

Its architecture takes us to the times of kings and queens, with its romantic structure, surrounded by gardens, caves, lakes and even enigmatic constructions that bring to life the Gothic and Renaissance style.

Cape Roca

Cabo_da_Roca

Cape Roca is located in Colares parish, Sintra. It is the western most point of continental Europe.

Arado Waterfall

Cascata do Arado

Arado Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Peneda-Gerês National Park. It’s located near Pedra Bela viewpoint and it’s easily accessible.

São Gabriel Viewpoint

miradouro de São Gabriel

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful viewpoint in the north of Portugal. Located 10 kms from Vila Nova de Foz Côa, São Gabriel viewpoint offers a magnificent view.

Ucanha

Ucanha

Ucanha is a small Douro wine village, located a few kilometres from Lamego. When you go there don’t forget to visit the Tower and the gothic bridge that was used as a toll station for those who wanted to cross it, some centuries ago.

Alfama Neighbourhood

Alfama

The famous Alfama neighbourhood is one of the oldest in Lisbon.

Located in the heart of the capital, this is the most typical location to discover the Portuguese culture. The narrow streets, flowered balconies, restaurants, fado and daily life scenes are part of the tour.

Lindoso Castle

lindoso

Lindoso is a farmer and shepherd village (1300 inhabitants). This village is well known for its 1278 castle and its old granaries that, strangely, resemble mausoleums but with a very different purpose.

These granite granaries were built over stilts and vented on the sides enabling the storage and curing of corn.

Figueirinha Beach

Praia da Figueirinha

The calm sea and the beautiful surrounding landscape make Figueirinha beach one of the most popular beaches in the region. A sand bank emerges when it is low tide, making this beach popular amongst the adults but especially with the kids. You will find a parking lot, a restaurant and you may also rent slides and buoy bananas.

Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)

Torre dos Clérigos

The 76 metre high Clérigos Tower was the tallest building in Portugal when it was constructed (between 1754 and 1763), and still is the tallest tower in the country.

For many years it worked as a lighthouse to ships coming into Porto, since then it offers you the tallest views over the city, Porto’s Cathedral, Douro and the Port wine cellars.

Rio de Onor

Rio de Onor

Located in Montesinho Nature Park, Rio de Onor is one of the last community villages in Portugal where the inhabitants share their ovens, properties and flocks. This village has another peculiarity – it’s a village divided by the border between Portugal and Spain, where half the inhabitants is Portuguese and the other half Spanish.

Hieronymites Monastery

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

In 1502, King Manuel I decided to order the construction of a huge religious monument. Located in Belém neighbourhood, this magnificent building mirrors the richness of the Portuguese discoveries all over the world in the 16th century.

Castro Laboreiro

Castro Laboreiro

Castro Laboreiro is a village well known for its 16th century castle ruins (a castle built in 1505 over the foundations of a 12th century Moorish castle), bridges, medieval churches, community ovens, windmills and its inhabitants lifestyle.

Pena Palace

Palácio Nacional da Pena

Located in Sintra, Pena Palace is so wonderful and beautiful that in 2007 was considered as one of the seven wonders of Portugal. In addition, Pena Palace was the first palace in Europe with an architecture style which came from Romanticism.

As Fisgas do Ermelo

Ermelo

Fisgas do Ermelo waterfall is located near the village of Ermelo in Alvão Nature Park. With approximately 200 metres high, it is one of the biggest waterfalls in Portugal.

Miranda do Douro

Miranda do Douro

Located in the International Douro Nature Park, Miranda do Douro is only 3 kms away from Spain.

This city and outskirts have the peculiarity of having their own language, Mirandês, the second official language in Portugal. It’s a language spoken by approximately 7 000 people. In this city the name of the streets is written in Mirandês and the description of every monument is in Mirandês and Portuguese.

During your stay in Miranda do Douro, visit the ruins of the castle, the Episcopal Palace, the Cathedral and go on a cruise on the International Douro to enjoy the fauna and flora.

Lamego

Lamego

Lamego is an old city, from the Roman times. It was conquered from the Moorish in 1057 and it was here that Dom Afonso Henriques was acclaimed as the first king of Portugal.

During your visit, don’t forget to go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies and the historic area around the castle.

Ponte de Lima International Garden Festival

Festival internacional jardins Ponte de Lima

Every year, in May, a contest is organized in Ponte de Lima where twelve artists are selected to create an ephemeral garden based on a particular subject. On October everyone knows who won and the winner’s garden remains preserved for the next year.

Moimenta

Moimenta

Moimenta is a small village located in Montesinho Nature Park, just next to the Spanish border, where you’ll discover an amazing landscape.

Bragança Historic Centre

Bragança

This beautiful city was founded in the 2nd century B.C. and was known as Brigância. It became Bragança in 1199 after being rescued by King Dom Sancho I from the siege Afonso IX of Leon imposed.

The historic centre is one area you must see when visiting Bragança. Lose yourself in the narrow streets and visit the Domus Municipalis and the castle.

Senhor da Pedra Beach

Senhor da Pedra beach

Senhor da Pedra beach has as its main attraction the unique Senhor da Pedra chapel, from the 17th century and erected over some rocks just by the sea.

Guimarães Historic Centre

Guimarães

Guimarães is also known as the birthplace city because it is associated to the foundation of Portugal in 1128. This beautiful city is one of the most important historic cities in the country and its historic centre was nominated as UNESCO World Heritage.

Lose yourself in the streets and squares (Rua de Santa Maria, Praça de Santiago, Largo da Oliveira) where history is present every step of the way. Don’t forget to visit Guimarães Castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança.

The fourth biggest catholic sanctuary in the world, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima

In 2015, 6,7 million people visited the sanctuary of Fátima which makes it the biggest sanctuary in Portugal and the fourth biggest catholic sanctuary in the world

It was here that Virgin Mary supposedly appeared to three children, in Fátima, a small village in the centre of Portugal, in six separate occasions during the year of 1917. To get to know the full story of this place you should read this article.

São Leonardo de Galafura Viewpoint

São Leonardo da Galafura

Located 20 kms from Peso da Régua, São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Douro Valley.

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte

Bom Jesus do Monte

Also known as Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga, it is the jewel of the city, where art and nature become one, making this place a resting place and a sacred ground. The church is an example of the Portuguese Neoclassical style. Its construction began in 1784 and ended in 1811 and it replaced the former temple that was in ruins.

Soajo Granaries

Soajo

Soajo is a secluded village overlooking Lima river. The main attraction are the old stone granaries where corn is stored. We can enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding landscape and walking is a good way to discover the beauty of the protected area.

Ponte de Lima

Ponte de lima

Ponte de Lima is the oldest town in Portugal and was founded in 1125 by D. Teresa. Prepare yourself to forget the 21st century when you visit this place. Enjoy the medieval charm and taste the local delicacies like “sarrabulho” rice and “rojões” (seasoned pieces of pork loin).

Santa Luzia Basilica

Viana do Castelo

Santa Luzia Basilica is the monument you can’t miss when visiting Viana do Castelo. Aside from the beauty of the place, you can enjoy a marvellous view over the sea, the river and the city.

The project for this monument first appeared in 1898, but it was only in the beginning of the 20th century that its construction really began. This temple was inaugurated in 1926 and the project was concluded in 1943.

Lello Bookshop

Livraria Lello

Considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, Lello Bookshop inspired J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter. Inside, apart from the books, you can admire a unique atmosphere with its majestic stairway leading to the upper floor.

There’s a small bar in the first floor where you can have a cup of coffee while admiring the beauty of the Lello Bookshop.

The historic centre of Braga

Sé de Braga

Braga was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago with the name Bracara Augusta. It is one of the oldest Portuguese cities and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world.

Braga is well known for its churches and monuments, arts and crafts, traditions and festivities.

In Braga historic centre you must visit the cathedral, the Arco da Porta Nova, the donjon and Largo do Paço.

Pedra Bela Viewpoint

Pedra Bela

This viewpoint is one of the most beautiful places to admire Peneda-Gerês National Park and is located just 6 kms away from Gerês village.

Bolhão Market

 Bolhao Market

Built in 1914 to gather the city’s merchants until then scattered across Porto, the Bolhão Market still is an important place to visit even though the building has had happier days. You will find fresh products, fish, meat, vegetables and even florists.

Porto during São João festivities

Porto
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Although Porto is a charming city on “regular days”, it’s during São João festivities that it becomes an amazing place to be.

In a few hours people from Porto will show you the Portuguese soul, traditions and the warmth in welcoming other people from other cities and countries.

São João Festivity occurs every year in the 23rd and 24th of June. It’s a unique moment that you should experience at least once in your life.

Lisbon during Santo António festivities

lisbon
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Santo António festivities take place every year in the beginning of June. The festivities get to their highest point on the 12th of June with the popular parade. During the parade all the neighbourhoods from Lisbon compete and, in the end, the neighbourhood with the best parade wins.

Another tradition of these festivities is the Santo António weddings. On the 12th of June several couples from Lisbon get married at the same time, in the presence of their families and all the Portuguese through live television.

In the evening several get togethers occur in Lisbon where you can hear popular Portuguese music, eat the tasty grilled sardines, “caldo verde” (a popular soup) and drink sangria and cherry liqueur.

Have a cup of coffee:

With a Pastel de Belém

Pastéis_de_Belém

Don’t leave Lisbon without tasting Portugal’s sweet: “pastel de nata” (a egg tart pastry) with sugar and cinnamon. “Casa pastéis de Belém” is considered to be the best pastry shop in Lisbon and produces and distributes this delicacy since 1837.

In Majestic Café

Cafe_Majestic porto

Visit the most beautiful café in Portugal, founded in 1921. It’s also in the top 10 of the most beautiful cafés in the world. In Majestic Café you can have breakfast, lunch or even dinner but warned: here, the prices are higher than the average in Portugal.

In A Brasileira Café

Café a Brasileira Lisbon

A Brasileira is the most emblematic café in Lisbon. It was inaugurated in 1905 and it sold the “genuine coffee from Brazil”. In 1908 it was renovated, becoming the café people know today. It’s a place you can’t miss when visiting the Portuguese capital.

Don’t forget to take a picture next to Fernando Pessoa statue, one of the greatest Portuguese poets who often went to the café A Brasileira.

In Santa Cruz Café

Cafe de Santa Cruz

Take a break in the magnificent Santa Cruz Café in Coimbra, located in the old church of São which was built in 1530.

After the desacralization of the church, the building knew many purposes – it was a hardware store, a police station, a plumbing store, a fire station and even a funeral home.

In order to open the café in 1923 the façade had to be altered to a neomanueline style.

Taste a port wine in a cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia

Porto

Port wine is produced from the grapes of Douro region, 100 kms away from Porto.

Though it is produced in Douro vineyards and stored in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, this wine became known as “port wine” in the 17th century after being exported across the world from the real Porto city.

Eat:

A “Francesinha” in Porto

francesinha

Francesinha” is a typical dish from Porto. It looks like a sandwich and is made of sausages, ham and meat, covered with melted cheese. Along comes a tomato, beer and piri piri sauce. If you want you can order it with a fried egg and French fries.

A “cozido à Portuguesa” or Portuguese stew

Cozido_a_portuguesa

The “cozido à portuguesa” is a Portuguese traditional dish which is served especially in the winter. It is made of beans, potatoes, carrots, turnips, cabbages, rice, chicken, pork meat, cow meat, blood sausage and other sausages.

One of the 365 codfish recipes

Bacalhau à Lagareiro
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Codfish is a remarkable fish in Portuguese gastronomy since the 14th  century and Portuguese people are its greatest consumers worldwide.

The Portuguese love codfish and it’s said there’s a codfish recipe for each day of the year: Bacalhau com Natas (cod with cream), Bacalhau à Brás (cod à la Brás), Bacalhau à Lagareiro (cod à Lagareiro), Bacalhau à Minhota (cod à la Minhota) and Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (cod à la Gomes de Sá).

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Hike in a “levada” in Madeira

Levada das 25 Fontes

Madeira island has 2 000 kms of irrigation canals (levadas) created since the 16th century to take the water from the north to the south of the island, drier but more favourable to agriculture and housing.

You can enjoy several walking routes in most of the “levadas” and seize the inland. In these walking routes you can admire the beautiful waterfalls, passing through tunnels in the mountains and gaze at magnificent landscapes.

Hike in the tallest point in Madeira – Pico Ruivo

Pico Ruivo - Madeira

If you visit Madeira you must go on a hike to Pico Ruivo. Have you ever imagined yourself as a bird flying through the clouds? Well, that’s what you’ll feel when climbing to the tallest point in Madeira.

You can take one of the two available walking routes to get to Pico Ruivo: the walking route connecting Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and the one connecting Achada do Teixeira to Pico Ruivo.

The first one is advisable only for those who are used to long (11,2 kms) and difficult walking routes and aren’t afraid of heights. The second walking route (5,6 km) can be done by anyone.

Tree climbing in Peneda-Gerês National Park

Gerês

Enjoy your time in Peneda-Gerês National Park to do some “extreme” sports. It’s the perfect activity to do with family and friends.

Hike in Paiva Walkways

Passadicos do Paiva

Passadiços do Paiva” (Paiva Walkways) is an 8 kilometre walking route located 14 kms from Arouca. Most of the route is made on wooden walkways in the middle of the mountain, along Paiva river which flows into Douro river.

Along the route you’ll find SOS phones (like those in highways), 3 river beaches (one in the middle and two in both ends) and, of course, a marvellous landscape.

Take:

The Elevator of Bom Jesus de Braga

Braga

The funicular or elevator of Bom Jesus de Braga connects the highest part of the city to the sanctuary and follows the stairway parallel route. Inaugurated in 1882, it was the first funicular built in the Iberian Peninsula and it is the oldest in the world, still working, using water counterweight.

The Tram in Lisbon

Tram

Don’t leave Lisbon without taking one of the city’s historic trams. The most famous is the tram nº 28 which passes through the main attractions of the city – the Cathedral, Santa Luzia Miradouro) Viewpoint, Alfama neighbourhood and Chiado.

Spend a few hours in Beliche Beach

 Beliche beach

Beliche beach is located between the village of Sagres and Cape St. Vincent. It’s the perfect beach for those who don’t want to go to the overcrowded beaches in the summer.

Enjoy the beauty of Marinha Beach

Praia da Marinha
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Marinha beach is one of great natural beauty and is considered as one of the best in Portugal; it’s in the top 100 of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Before you enjoy the beauty of the rocks and of the natural tunnels, take the time to amaze yourself with the view in the top of the cliff.

Swim in Porto Moniz Natural Pools, in Madeira

Porto Moniz - Natural Pools

Porto Moniz natural pools are formed by volcanic  rock, into which the sea flows naturally bringing crystal clear water – they are the perfect place to swim, a place of rare beauty.

Listen to Fado

Fado

Don’t leave Portugal without hearing to the music style that best represents the Portuguese soul. Fado is a melancholic genre representing the emotion, the feeling of “saudade”, love and bitterness of daily life.

You can see and listen to Fado in Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto.

Do you want to prepare a travel guide of Portugal?

Then read the articles Travel Guide to visit Lisbon in 4 Days and the Travel Guide to Visit Portugal in 15 Days.

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