Portugal Things to Do

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Portugal Things to Do

  • Churches and monasteries

    Lisbon Things to Do

    I was pleased to find that excavation at the rear of the cathedral had continued since my last visit in 2008. In consequence, the site is much easier to interpret. There are information boards in English and walkways above the excavations, so you can get excellent views of what once was. The dig goes deep enough to expose some of the pre-Roman...

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  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Albufeira Things to Do

    The crazy construction that disfigured Algarve, has (thanks God!) spared the central area of old Albufeira. Now, cleaned and organized for touristy exhibition, the central Albufeira looks good, and, for some minutes, allows us to forget the insanity of exploitation seeking for euros (or dollars, or... just money!) that grew around it.

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  • Oporto Wine

    Porto Things to Do

    Most port wine places do visits. I visited Krohn and sampled two wines [ enough for me ] . The port takes ten years to mature. There are about 50 port facturies in Porto. Some by the river and some up the steep hills.

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  • Quinta da Regaleira

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    "Man of scientific spirit, very large culture and rare sensibility...", is what I read in the leaflet received at the entrance of the park, about the man who conceived the place. I can't follow him! I find no harmony, no connection between the buildings, no rationality at all. Maybe... that's the idea. It's not easy to classify the place, but it...

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  • Boca do Inferno

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cascais Things to Do

    This deep crevice in the rocky coast near Cascais is a popular draw for tourists, although I personally failed to see why. Maybe the weather was just too nice and the sea too calm when I visited. In fact it looked rather tranquil, quite a letdown considering its name translated into English is 'The Mouth of Hell'! Furthermore, a number of...

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  • Grottos

    Lagos Things to Do

    If this is your first visit to Lagos, you simply must take a "grotto tour". Step into a small fishing boat, let your local fisherman be your guide, and witness from the water, the distinctive and magnificent cliffs that surround the Lagos area. It is truly a sight unseen! Your guide will navigate around and under the intriguing rock formations,...

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  • Chapel of Bones

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Évora Things to Do

    Maybe it would be advisable for the most impressionable people not to visit this chapel - you will be submerged under thousands of bones, in a gloomy but also harmonious image. The bones are not only piled, they were used to artistically compose structures, rhythms and images with aesthetics concerns.

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  • The Castle

    Tavira Things to Do

    Built and rebuilt in several periods, the experts find in this castle and walls signs from the Muslim times and christian changes. Destroyed by 1755 earthquake, most of the walls were dismantled, but there are still disperse elements (walls and doors) in the centre of town.

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  • Old Town

    Faro Things to Do

    Faro's Old Town is, to use that hackneyed phrase, a little gem. It's small, quiet and wonderfully atmospheric. You enter through the 18th century Arco da Vila ( main photo on the Introduction page) walk uphill through impeccably cobbled streets framed by elegantly balconied houses ( photo 2) and arrive at the Largo da Se.Further on is the Praca...

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  • Plazas and squares

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Lisbon's walls are full of graffiti, but there are quite a few corners in the city where the graffiti is more than just unreadable tags and "ACAB" messages. One of them is the Escadinhas de São Cristovão, a small passage connecting Rua da Madalena and Largo São Cristovão. On the walls you can find images of fado, Portugal's music export no.1, as...

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  • Beach

    Albufeira Things to Do

    Thirty years ago Albufeira was "the capital" of tourism in Algarve and a vacation paradise. Today, it is the center of all the excesses in massive building and loss of quality, but the beach is still there (spreading along the coast), the fishermen keep on working (not much), and with luck, you may get your own space.

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  • Ribeira

    Porto Things to Do

    Every time I went to Porto, I came with the sensation of disappointment, because it was easy to see the potential of this quarter to boost Porto's authenticity, but the ruined look, dirtiness and bad frequency spoilt everything. I went there one more time, and... congratulations. The recuperation was well achieved, the colours glow in the...

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  • Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace

    Sintra Things to Do

    The most strange element in the complex mixture that is this palace, is the door with the Triton. Willing to represent the world's creation, this door is the theme for the longest talking of the local guides about mythology... the four elements... the king...

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  • Fishing Harbour

    Cascais Things to Do

    Cascais has a large population of fishermen and small fishing boats dot the sea around the harbour. There is also a beach next to the harbour, the Praia de Pescadores, but I personally did not want to bathe there. The air smelled very strongly of the fishing baskets and the beach appeared to be more popular with locals than with tourists. Maybe the...

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  • Dolphins

    Lagos Things to Do

    Take a trip on the Dolphin Safaris RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), which leaves from the Lagos Harbour, when we went it cost about 35 euros each but well worth it,The trip last approx 45mins,Taking in the views of the coastline as well,past the grotto's and boats . Their record for finding the Dolphins is excellent and the boat is very fast with jet...

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  • Churches

    Évora Things to Do

    UNESCO world heritage, this church is one of the best examples of Portuguese Renaissance style. In 1834 it was nationalized and transformed in military headquarters, accelerating its ruin. Some altars were transferred elsewhere and the restoring works about 50 years ago saved the building, but with severe losses inside. It had a very interesting...

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  • Republic Square

    Tavira Things to Do

    I like the centre of Tavira - it shows modernity with respect for tradition, it has commercial activity without the stress of many other cities, it is touristy, but... not much. OK. A balanced place that receives well.

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  • Cathedral

    Faro Things to Do

    Faro's old town is dominated by the cathedral (Se Catedral). The original Gothic church was built in the 13th century, but severely damaged during the 1755 earthquake. Only the tower and and a doorway remained from that era. From the tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Faro and the coastline. Directions: Faro Cathedral is located at the Largo...

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  • Castles and palaces

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Despite the fact that the 11th-century Castelo de São Jorge is considered one of Lisbon's most spectacular sights, I was somewhat disappointed by parts of it. First of all, this was due to the rather high entrance fee (€ 7,50). Second, the castle is very crowded. Third, there is not exactly that much to see, just a few walls. However, you do have...

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  • Zoo Marine

    Albufeira Things to Do

    Zoo Marine is a kind of seaworld/zoo on the Algarve coast,the main attraction being the Dolphin show which is shown several times a day everyday of the week,other attractions include a sea-lion show,Birds of prey show and tropical Bird show.There are other animals such as crocadiles and gaint tortoises and a small aquarium to see as well.The...

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  • Boat Tours

    Porto Things to Do

    Departing point for several cruises along the river, this quarter, close to Ribeira, is also being restored, and shows a clean and nice face to the river. Well, in the back there is still much work to be done.

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  • Castelo dos Mouros - Moorish Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    It's nice to see the castle from the city, and its nice to see the views from the castle. But, compared with the other highlights of Sintra, I can't say that it deserves the 3.50 € charged at the entrance. If you have time, and being so close to the "obligatory" palace of Pena, you may include it in your plans. But there are plenty of more...

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  • Casa de Santa Maria

    Cascais Things to Do

    Casa de Santa Maria was designed by architect Raul Lino and build in 1902. This true mediterranean building with Arab influences is open to the public. No admission fee. Visiting hours: Tu-Su: 10AM - 1PM and 2PM - 5PM

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  • Slave Market

    Lagos Things to Do

    One of the darker periods in Lagos’ history is the time when in the 15th century the town sported a market at which slaves, imported from North Africa, were sold on a market. The first African slaves entered post-medieval Europe through this small building that dates back to 1444 although most of it dates to 1691 by request of the 2nd Marquis of...

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  • Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Évora Things to Do

    Built in the gothic style, completed in the 12th century and with a 14th century ogival cloister, the main entrance is decorated with sculptures of the apostles, the interior dates from the 17th - 18th century. The Sacred Art Museum is situated in the gallery above the nave house of the cathedral. Don't miss it!

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  • Roman Bridge - Ponta de Romana

    Tavira Things to Do

    Closed to traffic since the flooding of 1989, this old bridge may be crossed by foot, linking both sides of Gião river right in the centre of town. It is one of the city's landmarks, but, though initially built in the 3rd century, this actual look comes from the 17th, so "Roman" is just an historic name.

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  • City Walls

    Faro Things to Do

    The history of Faro's ancient city walls date back to the late Roman period when they were raised by the Moorish prince Ben Bekr. The walls were severly damaged during an attack in the 16th century and later had to be rebuilt. They are home to two barbican towers and various arches. The medieval city fortification also includes a castle from the...

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  • Belém

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The Monument to the Discoveries (in Portuguese “Padrão do Descobrimentos”), created by Cottinelli Telmo (1897–1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898–1975), was first erected in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition. Built with perishable materials, it had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded...

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  • Fisherman's Beach

    Albufeira Things to Do

    Right in the centre of the city, this is THE beach of Albufeira. Construction in the area took people form this beach spreading them along the coast, but it didn't loose its sortilege. Now it misses the fisherman's boats that once provided a shade, and acts more as a decoration of restaurants and bars that line it, replacing the original life of...

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  • Foz do Douro

    Porto Things to Do

    Porto is extremely jealous of Lisbon and doesn't accept loosing in any circumstance. Lisbon has its coast of Estoril, and Porto has... the Foz. However, here, the big city must accept the defeat. The walk along the river is beautiful, lively, but the sea doesn't help, and beach is something to forget. Defeat? I'm I crazy? Lisbon have no...

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  • Palácio Nacional de Sintra - Sintra...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    The Palácio Nacional de Sintra history goes back to the 14th century when the Royal Chapel, was built during the reign of King Dinis I. Through the ages many add-on rooms and buildings were built. Much of the present building dates from 1415 when King John I initiated a major construction of the building a.k.a. Ala Joanina, around the central...

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  • Beach

    Cascais Things to Do

    As Cascais is on the coast, it's known as a beach town. The beach is nice and though I didn't go, several VTers in the group did and loved it. Unforgettable Euromeet 2009 moment that will go down in the history of VT - a group of us were walking around at night after dinner at the restaurant in Estoril and partying at Baluarte Bar, and many of us...

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  • Castles

    Lagos Things to Do

    Built in the 13Th century, the castle was seriously dammaged by Lisbon's eartquake. A recent reconstruction effort, rebuilt several hundred meters of walls, respecting their original doors and towers.

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  • The Roman Temple

    Évora Things to Do

    The ex-libris of Evora this is one of the best preserved roman monuments in Portugal. The experts don't accept the designation of "Diana temple" because they found that it was built in the first century and dedicated to the emperor, not to the goddess, but the people always called it that way, so... let's accept the baptism. Anyway, the point...

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  • Church of Santa Maria do Castelo

    Tavira Things to Do

    Beside the castle, this 13th-century Gothic Church was built on the site of a Moorish mosque but rebuilt by an Italian neo-classicist following earthquake damage 500 years later. However, the architect retained traces of the former church - namely the main doorway, two side chapels and Arabic-style windows in the clock tower. Inside is a plaque...

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  • Churches

    Faro Things to Do

    The Church of Sao Pedro (Igreja de Sao Pedro) was built in the 16th century on the site of a 15th century mariners chapel. After the 1755 earthqauke it underwent extensive reconstructions. It is one of the many buildings in Faro where you can see storks nestling on the roof. Directions: The Church of Sao Pedro is located at the Largo de Sao...

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  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais, Estoril...

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The Palace of Pena stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in the Sintra hills (the only place higher than the palace itself is the Cruz Alta, 528 metres above sea level). The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that...

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  • Slide and Splash

    Albufeira Things to Do

    This water shute I found frightening. It looks so simple. I watched for a while before I was tempted/persuaded to have a go. When you get to the top and its your turn to sit down with your legs hanging over the side you realise the drop is high and almost vertical!!!! The man blows a whistle and you must GO!!! Oh my goodness what an experience, I...

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  • Ponte Dom Luis

    Porto Things to Do

    The Dom Luis bridge has a lower and an upper floor. The lower floor is mainly reserved for the cars, but you have a pedestrian alley too. But the top floor is what is really interesting as this is reserved for the trains and the pedestrians and you have a fantastic view from the top of the bridge where you can see the river Douro and both it's...

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  • Monserrate Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    Once the summer residence of Francis Cook, the beautiful Monserrate palace was surrounded by a great garden and forest, taking advantage of the favorable climatic conditions. Always improved year after year since the 19th century, it is now a national monument. Palace and park may be visited in several ways, isolated or combining other visits in...

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  • Conde Gastro Guimaraes Museum

    Cascais Things to Do

    The Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace was constructed in 1890. It's located at the Santa Marta Cove, close to the sea. In 1924 the buiding was transformed into the Cascais Municipal Museum. Inside art is displayed and rich Indo-Portuguese furniture. The library has over 25,000 books, some from the XVII century. In the garden at the right of the...

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  • Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira

    3 out of 5 stars

    Lagos Things to Do

    This is my favorite point in Algarve. After a long walk, or a short ride by car, you are at a beautiful natural point, 5 Km from town. Naturism is still possible in Pinheirinhos, one of its secluded beaches.

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  • Praça do Giraldo Main Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Évora Things to Do

    The main references of Evora to Portuguese are Diana's temple and Giraldo's square. As a matter of fact I hardly understand the importance of this square, except that it is central and all the main attractions "happen" around it. City hall, a fountain, arcades and shopping places live in harmony at alentejo's pace. Well, all considered, it is a...

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  • Misericordia Church

    Tavira Things to Do

    Located just down from the Castle, this is a must see 16th century church said to be one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in the Algarve. The façade was made by the famous master-mason André Pilarte (finished in 1551) who also participated in the construction of the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. The main entrance, a round arch, is...

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  • Carmo Church

    Faro Things to Do

    Carmo church is a beautiful white church situated in Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square). The church was started in 1713 by its founder Bishop Dom Antonio Pereira da Silva, who bought the land that the church stands on. The church officially opened in 1719 but work on it continued throughout the 18th Century. The inside of the church is rich with...

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  • arlindoluiscosta's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    I absolutely recomend to those whose visit Portugal, to visit this unique place. An historical village where royalty and nobels spent their holiday and left an imense heritage in impressive palaces surrounded by an astonishing natural environment. Not far you will find the cape roca (end of the world) Guincho beach, cascais and Estoril. I did a sightseeing tour woth guincho tours and i was shown really unexpected spots.

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    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Sintra

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