Three great places to visit in Portugal

August 26, 2012 by  

Once one of Europe’s greatest superpowers, Portugal has plenty of points of interest where you can still view the country of Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan. Whatever kind of vacation you’re taking in Portugal, there’s plenty of places to visit that will take your breath away as much as the Mediterranean heat. This list has been compiled by yourgolftravel, and includes some of the best things to do near their resorts when you’re taking some time off from the course.

Belem Tower in Lisbon Photo: Alexander Savin on Flickr

Belem Tower in Lisbon

Belem

Belem is near the capital of Lisbon, and is where Magellan and da Gama once loaded their ships in preparation for their voyages to the New World. Belem’s selection of cultural venues and striking monuments makes for one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the Med, so it’s no wonder than Belem is one of the most visited areas in Europe.

Ponta de Piedade, Lagos,Portugal Photo: Girolame on Flickr

Ponta de Piedade, Lagos,Portugal

Ponta Da Piedade

One of the most popular stop offs for those on Algarve golf tours, Lagos itself is one of the oldest towns in Portugal, with fortifications dating back to the 8th century. Though blessed with bustling nightlife and brand new marina area, nothing in Lagos will prepare you for the sublime south of the city, with the beautiful Ponta da Piedade lapped by turquoise waters and decorated with fabulous rock formations; Ponta da Piedade is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Europe.

Porto in Portugal Photo: Harsil.Shah on Flickr

Porto in Portugal

Porto

One of Portugal’s “big four” cities; boasting one of the world’s most successful football clubs; Porto is the place to go for those looking for something a little more urban. That’s not to say the people of Porto have abandoned their traditions either, with the modern developments blending seamlessly with the historic centre. The pace in Porto is dictated by the world class wine industry, so you have the perfect excuse to sample absolutely everything the city has to offer; from strolling up the numerous roads leading to the majestic cathedral; to marvelling at the Stock Exchange with its neoclassical architecture; to enjoying the city’s most famous product in one of its many cosy restaurants.

More things to enjoy in Portugal

An Autumn weekend in Lisbon – Podcast
Having my Pasteis and eating it in Lisbon
Exploring the Algarve on foot – in Portugal

Belem Tower by Alexander Savin, Ponta da Piedade by Girolame , Porto by Harshil.Shah

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7 Comments on "Three great places to visit in Portugal"

  1. Barbara Weibel on Mon, 27th Aug 2012 1:50 am 

    I really wish I’d had time to get to Porto when I visited Portugal a few years back. Looks gorgeous!
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  2. Jeremy Branham on Mon, 27th Aug 2012 1:57 am 

    Portugal is one of my favorite countries in Europe. I’ve shared my journal from my trip there including Belem and the Algarve coast. I love Lisbon. It’s one of my top cities in Europe and a place I would consider living. I can’t wait to go back and visit. I want to explore more of the country and visit Porto as well.
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  3. Hels on Mon, 27th Aug 2012 8:02 am 

    We are home to winter, returning directly from a Spanish and Portuguese summer *sigh*. It was a wonderful month away!

    If I had to pick just one place in Portugal that was fab, I would choose the organised tours of the port wine makers. You can inspect the terraced vineyards and watch the crushing of the grapes; you can sail on the special wine barges, bringing the raw product to Porto, or you can sit in the Porto wine buildings along the river, drinking mixed port drinks and inspecting the architecture. What a day!
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  4. Heather on Mon, 27th Aug 2012 8:05 pm 

    @Hels I loved Lisbon when we were there but we only had a couple of days there so I’d like to see more or Portugal – Porto would be next on my list and your tip on the port makers tours is one I’ll keep a mental note of

  5. Heather on Mon, 27th Aug 2012 8:22 pm 

    @Jeremy When I visited Lisbon I thought that it would be a bit like Spain but it has a completely different feel – perhaps because the language sounds so different

  6. Heather on Mon, 27th Aug 2012 8:23 pm 

    @Barbara Yes, I’ve only been to Lisbon but I’d like to explore more of Portugal

  7. Simon on Thu, 6th Sep 2012 9:02 am 

    I haven’t been to any of these places – although I’d love to some day! – but I have been to Lisbon, which is such a great city for a weekend break. The food is great and there’s so many excellent parks, squares and monuments to visit. I want to go back to Portugal right now! haha.
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