Why visit Lisbon: There are just too many reasons to list why you should make a visit to Lisbon. This lovely hilly city has sights, museums, nightlife, delicious dining, sunshine and friendly people. We can’t wait to return! Lisbon also makes a great home base for day trips to other favorite places on this list. Be sure to check out our complete guide to this amazing city.
Why visit Porto: The old part of the city along the Douro river is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and the opportunity for port tasting across the bridge just makes it even sweeter! We’ve got a huge list of things to do in Porto including a map with sights, restaurants, port cellars and places to stay. Wine lovers should definitely make a detour to the Douro Valley wine country. Look for our guide to visiting the valley without a car.
Why visit Sintra: The Pena Palace at Sintra looks like something out of a fairytale with fanciful turrets and bright yellow paint against blue skies. Be sure to check out the extensive gardens as well. Stop by the nearby harbor city of Cascais afterward for an evening drink or afternoon ice cream.
Why visit Obidos: A medieval town on a hillside, Obidos is simply breathtaking. Walk the old city walls and get views over the village. Wander the streets and see the charming shops and houses covered in flowering vines. Be sure to try some of the local ginjinha served in chocolate cups.
Why visit Lagos: Located in the west Algarve, Lagos is a seaside city with beautiful beaches, sandstone cliffs and fun cafes and bars. You can dive, snorkel, kayak or just relax on sandy beaches. Be sure to visit nearby Sagres and Albufeira as well.
Why visit Coimbra: This city was the capital of Portugal back in medieval times. Immerse yourself in history among the beautiful and colorful pink and yellow buildings in this hillside university town.
Why visit Aveiro: Do you love the gondolas of Venice? Then you will likely be fascinated by barcos moliceiros, traditional boats for collecting seaweed. Come check them out in the canals and lagoons of Aveiro, a unique city on the west coast of Portugal.
This is simply a short list of the wonderful places to visit in Portugal, but there are so many other fascinating spots to see. What are your favorite cities and sights in Portugal? Be sure to take a look at our guides to Lisbon and Porto.
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Portugal has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Porto, Lisbon, Evora and Sintra. Read about more UNESCO sites like Amsterdam’s canals, Bath, Mystras, Avebury Stone Circles, Cordoba, Porto’s Ribeira, Maritime Greenwich, Alhambra de Granada, and Þingvellir National Park.
Obviously we love the World Heritage Sites! 😀
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