Three great places to visit in Portugal

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 holiday you’re taking in Portugal, there’s plenty of places to visit that will take your breath away as much as the Mediterranean heat.

Belem Tower in Lisbon Photo: Alexander Savin on Flickr

Belem Tower in Lisbon


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

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


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.

Read more in this article about the 15 best places to visit in Portugal

More things to enjoy in Portugal

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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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  • Reply
    Barbara Weibel
    August 27, 2012 at 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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      August 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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

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    Jeremy Branham
    August 27, 2012 at 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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      August 27, 2012 at 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

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    August 27, 2012 at 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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      August 27, 2012 at 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

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    September 6, 2012 at 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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