Must-see attractions in Portugal

  • Curral das Freiras


    Dramatically set at the bottom of a mammoth cauldron of rock, the village of Curral das Freiras is one of the most popular daytrips from Funchal. Some…

  • Aqueduto de Pegões


    This astonishing aqueduct, striding towards the monastery from the northwest, was built between 1593 and 1613 to supply water to thirsty monks. Its 180…

  • Miradouro São Leonardo de Galafura

    Peso da Régua

    For jaw-dropping views of the Douro Valley, head for this magnificent viewpoint between Régua and Pinhão. The N313-2 relentlessly switchbacks its way into…

  • Ponte Medieval

    The Minho

    The city’s pièce de résistance, this elegant 31-arched bridge across the Rio Lima is now limited to foot traffic. Most of it dates from the 14th century,…

  • Escadaria do Bom Jesus do Monte


    Climbing dramatically to the hilltop pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte, 5km east of Braga, is this extraordinary staircase, with allegorical fountains…

  • Baleal


    About 5km to the northeast of Peniche is this scenic island-village, connected to the mainland village of Casais do Baleal by a narrow causeway (note: it…

  • Jardim das Portas do Sol


    Occupying the site of the Moorish citadel, the Portas do Sol garden offers utterly majestic views over the Rio Tejo and the great spread of plains…

  • Miradouro da Pedra Bela

    Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

    For spectacular views over the Albufeira de Caniçada reservoir and the southern reaches of Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês, snake 6km uphill through the…

  • Algarve coastline

    Ponta da Piedade


    Protruding 2.5km south of Lagos, Ponta da Piedade is a dramatic wedge of headland with contorted, polychrome sandstone cliffs and towers, complete with a…

  • Camacha Wicker Factory


    Camacha is the epicentre of Madeira's wicker industry, showcased at the O Relógio (The Clock) building in the centre of the village. The complex has three…

  • Silves

    Just below the castle is the sé, built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque, then rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several…

  • Museu de Portimão


    Housed in a 19th-century fish cannery, the ultramodern, award-winning Museu de Portimão is the city's number-one draw. The museum focuses on three areas:…

  • Museu do Traje

    The Algarve

    Encased in azulejos, this beautifully maintained museum occupies a former cork magnate’s mansion, which retains its original kitchen. It displays an ever…

  • Grutas e Centro do Vulcanismo


    Top billing on Madeira's north coast goes to this two-for-one attraction just south of São Vicente. The first part of the experience is a guided tour of…

  • Headland


    While in Peniche, make sure you do the 8km circuit of the whole headland (walking is hot going, however, as much of it is on the road). At Cabo Carvoeiro,…

  • Lagoon Congro (Lagoa do Congro), Sao Miguel island, Azores, Portugal
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    Lagoa do Congro

    The Azores

    This hidden lagoon, about 5.5 km from Vila Franca do Campo on The Azores largest island of São Miguel, is an emerald-colored oasis. Surrounded by lush…

  • Torre de Belem, Belem.

    Torre de Belém


    Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, this Unesco World Heritage–listed fortress epitomises the Age of Discoveries. You'll need to breathe in to climb the narrow…

  • Palácio Nacional de Mafra


    Wild-spending Dom João V poured pots of Brazilian gold into this baroque palace, covering a mind-boggling 4 sq km and comprising a monastery and basilica…

  • Miradouro da Graca viewpoint in Lisbon, Portugal.
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    Miradouro da Graça

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    A much-loved summertime hang-out of lisboêtas, this miradouro (lookout) sidles up to the baroque Igreja da Graça. It has an incredible view of the castle…

  • Trader at meat goods stall at Bolhao Market.

    Mercado do Bolhão

    Aliados & Bolhão

    The 19th-century, wrought-iron Mercado do Bolhão closed its doors in spring 2018 for a major restoration project. No fixed date had been given for its…

  • Cais da Ribeira


    This riverfront promenade is postcard Porto, taking in the whole spectacular sweep of the city, from Ribeira's pastel houses stacked like Lego bricks to…

  • LX Factory


    Lisbon's hub of cutting-edge creativity hosts a dynamic menu of events from live concerts and film screenings to fashion shows and art exhibitions. There…

  • Porto Santo Beach


    Porto Santo's 7.5km long sandy beach is the reason most people head to Madeira's little sister. The sand is actually tiny pieces of coral that shelve…

  • Largo das Portas do Sol

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    This original Moorish gateway affords stunning angles over Alfama’s jumble of red rooftops and pastel-coloured houses, underscored by the true blue Rio…

  • Miradouro do Castelo de São Jorge

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    One of Lisbon's privileged views is on offer from this outstanding lookout point on the grounds of the Castelo de São Jorge.

  • A group visit one of the Paleolithic rock art in the Archeological Park in the Coa Valley, or Parque Arqueologico Vale do Coa, near Vila Nova de Foz Coa. The largest site of such art work found to date the site has been heritage listed.

    Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa

    The Douro

    Most visitors to Vila Nova de Foz Côa come for one reason: to see its world-famous gallery of rock art. Although the park is currently an active research…

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    Museu da Misericórdia do Porto


    The Museu da Misericórdia do Porto harmoniously unites cutting-edge architecture, a prized collection of 15th- to 17th-century sacred art and portraiture,…

  • The equestrian statue of Joao IV and Palace Square (Terreiro Do Paco) of the Ducal Palace of Vila Vicosa (Paco Ducal). Portugal, 17th century.

    Paço Ducal

    Alto Alentejo

    The dukes of Bragança built their palace in the early 16th century when the fourth duke, Dom Jaime, grew tired of his uncomfortable hilltop castle. The…

  • Portugal, Sintra - Capuchos Convent - Fountain

    Convento dos Capuchos


    Hidden in the woods is this bewitchingly hobbit-hole-like convent, which was originally built in 1560 to house friars, who lived in incredibly cramped…

  • The Monsanto Viewpoint in Lisbon.

    Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto


    Lisbon’s beloved secret viewpoint is a graffiti- and art-plastered building that was once an exclusive high-society restaurant in the late 1960s. A series…

  • Archaeologic ruins of roman city of Ammaia. Columns and pavement at South gate. Marvao, Portalegre, Portugal. ; Shutterstock ID 217053121; Your name (First / Last): Tom Stainer; GL account no.: 65050 ; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial ; Full Product or Project name including edition: Best in Europe 2017

    Cidade de Ammaia

    Alto Alentejo

    This excellent little Roman museum lies between Castelo de Vide and Marvão in São Salvador de Aramenha. From São Salvador head 700m south along the…

  • Panoramic  of Almendres Cromlech, Evora, Portugal.

    Cromeleque dos Almendres


    Set within a beautiful landscape of olive and cork trees stands this huge, spectacular oval of standing stones, 15km west of Évora. It is the Iberian…

  • Low Angle View Of Lisbon Cathedral At Night

    Sé de Lisboa

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    The fortress-like Sé de Lisboa is one of Lisbon’s icons, built in 1150 on the site of a mosque soon after Christians recaptured the city from the Moors…

  • Palácio de Queluz


    Versailles’ fanciful cousin-once-removed, the powder-puff Palácio de Queluz was once a hunting lodge, converted in the late 1700s to a royal summer…

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    Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana


    Created in 1995, this zone of hills, plains and deep valleys around Serpa and Mértola shelters the Rio Guadiana, one of Portugal’s largest and most…

  • (GERMANY OUT) The Puppet Museum (Museu da Marioneta) in Lisbon, Portugal  (Photo by Forster/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

    Museu da Marioneta

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Discover your inner child at the surprisingly enchanting Museu da Marioneta, a veritable Geppetto’s workshop housed in the 17th-century Convento das…

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