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7 Unforgettable Experiences in Portugal
This southern European country certainly doesn't lack natural or architectural beauty. It's no wonder so many people have the desire to visit Portugal. There's a never-ending number of things to do and see. So, where should you even begin? Here is a selection of landmarks, attractions, and places in Portugal everyone should visit.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches
If you are in search of the best beaches in Portugal, the Algarve region is where you should visit. The rocky coastline is dotted with large beaches accessible from small villages. Several of the most breathtaking beaches include Praia de Dona Ana, located near the town of Lagos. A short distance away is Praia do Camilo, which is a bit smaller and quieter. The Benagil Beach Cave is not to miss. This stunning cave is located next to Praia de Benagil near Portimao and Lagoa.
Soak up the scenery in Sintra
The attractive hilltop town of Sintra should be on everyone’s itinerary. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995, the historic town spreads across the slopes of several steep hills. It was the preferred summer retreat for Portugal’s royalty and also inspired writers such as Lord Byron.
Wind around the streets of Alfama
The oldest quarter in Lisbon, Alfama is a maze of narrow alleys, streets, and steps that wrap around a steep slope of a Moorish castle. It is a fantastic experience to walk around and watch street life, which is quite the same as it was centuries ago.
Be immersed in nature at the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês
Portugal’s first and only national park, Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês was established to protect a natural world that has pretty much disappeared everywhere else in the region. Here you can enjoy alpine scenery, alluring trails, and beautiful streams.
Discover Porto’s waterfront
Porto’s waterfront, known as the Ribeira, has changed considerably over the years. Originally a seaside cargo loading area, it is now one of the city’s most popular tourist areas. The waterfront quay includes a long line of restaurants and cafes that look across the river to the port wine lodges on the other side.
Experience the culture in Lisbon
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is full of vibrant culture, historical sights, and friendly natives. It is an ideal place to take delight in authentic Portuguese cuisine and enjoy live entertainment. Lisbon is known for its traditional Fado performances. Don't miss out on an opportunity to listen to some of the best Portuguese folk music!
Explore the Douro River Valley
One of Portugal’s loveliest areas is the Douro River Valley. Catch a train or cruise up the river and enjoy breathtaking sights as well as fine cuisine and wine. One of the ports, Pinhão, is located in the heart of the Douro River Valley. With its beautiful terraces and vineyards, you feel like you’re walking into a postcard.
Essential Travel Tips for Your Visit to Portugal
Now that you know where to go and what to see, here are a few essential travel tips to make your trip to Portugal a seamless adventure!
Our Europe travel specialists would love to work with you to create a custom itinerary that includes all of the experiences that would make your trip unforgettable!

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Anita Bornemann, Owner
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