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Top 10 Things to Do in Portugal

With its friendly locals, beautiful scenery, and great food, Portugal has many things to offer its visitors. Here are the top 10 things you should make sure to see or do when you visit the country of Portugal!

Visit Fatima Sanctuary

Fatima Sanctuary is one of Catholicism’s most important religious shrines, located in Fatima, Portugal. This house of worship is highly revered for its miraculous apparitions which are said to have taken place between May and October 1917.

Drive from Lisbon along the coast

Lisbon is one of Europe’s most striking cities. It has a rich history, and its location on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean makes it a great place for outdoor activities. If you have time, take a day trip from Lisbon to Cascais or Sintra — two beach towns that are home to some of Portugal’s best beaches.

Go on a day trip from Coimbra

Coimbra is a small town, but it offers plenty of things to do. One activity that you might want to consider doing while you’re there is going on a day trip. There are many options for day trips from Coimbra and they can vary depending on what you like to do. If you enjoy hiking, then consider taking a hike through Serra da Lousã or Serra da Estrela. Both mountains offer spectacular views of Coimbra and surrounding areas. Another option is to take a boat ride along Rio Mondego. The river winds its way through some picturesque Portuguese towns before reaching Coimbra.

Take a hike on the Peneda-Gerês National Park

Though not well-known outside of Portugal, Penedo is stunningly beautiful. The landscapes are breathtaking, and there are plenty of hiking trails that allow you to see them up close. The park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including wild boar, deer, foxes and over 400 species of birds.

Have lunch at São João Alcaide (Sintra)

This restaurant serves traditional Portuguese food and is known for their homemade bread. They’re so good that people actually travel from other cities just to eat at São João Alcaide!

Visit Pena Palace (Sintra)

Pena Palace is a 19th-century Romanticist palace located in Sintra, which is only an hour away from Lisbon. It was designed by British architect Sir Benjamin Dean Wyatt and inspired by palaces he saw during his travels in India.

Relax at Ribeira Brava Beach (Algarve Coastline)

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend beach trip, Ribeira Brava is an ideal choice. It boasts stunning natural beauty, as well as family-friendly accommodations and activities.

Eat traditional Portuguese food at Maré Alta Restaurant (Lisbon/Porto/Coimbra area)

Traditional Portuguese dishes are high in protein and vegetables, making them a great choice for health-conscious individuals. The country’s diverse culinary scene also means that you can find cuisine from around the world, so there’s something for everyone!

See Porto’s Bridges (Porto, Norte Region, Portugal)

Porto has some amazing bridges, so you’ll want to make sure to check them out on your visit. The Pont D. Luis I is one of our favorites, and it’s especially impressive at night when it’s lit up! There are also plenty of other things to do in Porto besides seeing its bridges. Check out these top ten ideas for a fun-filled trip to Portugal’s second largest city.

Learn about Portuguese culture in Lisbon’s museums and Parque Eduardo VII Park

Lisbon’s museums and Parque Eduardo VII Park offer an opportunity to learn about Portuguese culture.  The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is a must-see for art lovers, while those who enjoy history will find a wealth of information at Museu do Oriente.

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