Portugal Travel Guide

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Portugal Highlights

  • Pro
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    Entropic says…

     beautiful castles/cathedrals, great food/wine, inexpensive, friendly people, not very touristy, gorgeous beaches 

  • Con
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    cmak says…

     Some places can be too tourist-orientated 

  • In a nutshell
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    RENE_CARDOEN says…

     Portugal is so rich in history, culture, national parks, landscapes and curiosities that it’s worth to return several times and last but not least the Portuguese people are very nice and helpful. 

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Lisbon

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5193,12839,336

Albufeira

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361,675,200

Porto

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1035,2672,61

Sintra

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537,2149,23

Funchal

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510,1060,100

Cascais

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452,2306,32

Lagos

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244,631,107

Madeira Island

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786,1936,2

Évora

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394,1380,24

Faro

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231,769,45

Alvor

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131,373,22

Tavira

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196,385,36

Ponta Delgada

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133,344,33

Portimão

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66,243,53

Coimbra

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305,724,28

Óbidos

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353,917,17

Fátima

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87,186,34

Ilha de São Miguel

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191,626,12

Nazaré

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157,496,13

Praia da Rocha

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31,70,24

Estoril

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61,351,19

Aveiro

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64,238,28

Quarteira

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24,67,19

Belém

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262,1020,0

Braga

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137,375,35

Guimarães

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161,512,15

Carvoeiro

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25,63,28

Cabo da Roca

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71,443,0

Pinhão

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56,190,6

Viana do Castelo

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87,263,36

Porto Santo Island

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69,170,9

Sagres

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119,382,13

Peniche

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41,189,10

Ericeira

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53,190,7

Olhão

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28,144,4

Armação de Pêra

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21,60,14

Monte Gordo

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20,49,5

Silves

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111,316,3

Setúbal

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28,146,26

Ilha da Berlenga

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40,78,0

Ferragudo

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19,70,6

Tomar

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117,349,8

Sines

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21,70,2

Serra da Estrela

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104,209,0

Costa de Caparica

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15,47,5

São Martinho do Porto

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17,46,2

Batalha

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111,447,4

Amarante

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55,211,6

Barcelos

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47,116,12

Olhos de Água

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19,31,0

Lisbon

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  • Churches and monasteries

    Lisbon Things to Do

    King Manuel I had the idea of erecting a large monastery close to the site where Henry the Navigator had built a church dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém in the 15th century. With a view to perpetuating the memory of Henry and acknowledging his own great devotion to Our Lady and St. Jerome, Manuel I chose to establish the Monastery of Santa Maria...

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  • Lapa Palace

    Lisbon Hotels

    Great weekend. Best hotel in Lisbon for gardens and outside pool 5* and so not cheap. Excellent...

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  • General info on eating in Lisbon

    Lisbon Restaurants

    Once upon a time, in the middle of last century, high society living in the new quarter called exactly "Avenidas Novas" used to gather in selected places, for the 5 o'clock conversation with or without tea. Versalhes was in the top, a real landmark. Times changed, coffee houses were replaced by banks or phone houses, the most resistant tried to...

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Albufeira

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  • Old Town

    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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  • Sheraton Algarve Hotel at Pine Cliffs...

    Albufeira Hotels

    I stayed two nights here in December 2004. The pools & garden are very nice. There is a indoor pool,...

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  • In the best place

    Albufeira Restaurants

    Usually, I skip restaurants in first line of the beach; some of them sell views instead of food, some other include the "view tax" in the invoice.This time I accepted the risk, and choose a restaurant by the sea, in the old fisherman's beach.Well, the food was good and, if the "views tax" was included, it was not excessive. Mixed grilled fish

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Porto

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Sintra

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  • Quinta da Regaleira

    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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  • Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort

    Sintra Hotels

    We had a great holiday at this hotel, but there are some shortcomings which you should consider...

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  • Café a Piriquita

    Sintra Restaurants

    I visited Piriquita cafe in March 2011 for one reason – to sample the local Queijadas de Sintra ("cheesecakes of Sintra"). I had just eaten lunch at Restaurante Alcobaca next door, but their dessert menu did not include queijadas, so I made my way to Piriquita instead. My guidebook recommended Piriquita as the best place to sample these local...

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Funchal

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  • How Funchal Buses Work - I wrote some...

    Funchal Transportation

    cos I see tourists wasting money buying a RECHARGABLE ticket each time I wrote the simplest explanation for how Funchal bus tickets work** Funchal city bus tickets **RULE 1 : DON'T THROW AWAY THE TICKET CARD it's rechargeable and worth €0.50Rule 2 : don't use bus for short journeys, cos 1 short/long time on each bus costs 1 credit.from CITY CENTRE...

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  • Quinta Jardins do Lago Inn

    Funchal Hotels

    Calm, friendly More to be found on my webpages on Madeira The 50-year old turtle is an attraction by...

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  • Nice bar

    Funchal Restaurants

    We went there in our first night. a little bit tired (Fernanda didn't dare to leave the hotel), but we were caught by the lively ambiance. Good live music, funny and amused people in the small esplanade, and the usual drinks at the usual prices.We decided to return in one of the following nights, but... the rich program didn't allow it.

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Cascais

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  • Boca do Inferno

    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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  • Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

    Cascais Hotels

    This Resort Hotel was on the opposite corner to where we stayed. A relatively new resort with views...

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  • Coffee and pasteis

    Cascais Restaurants

    Friday morning, I needed something quick to eat before catching the bus to Lisbon for the Belem tour. So I found a little cafe on the way to the train station and had a coffee and Portuguese pastry for breakfast. The place was quiet and there weren't a lot of people. The food was delicious, but then again, all portuguese pastries are delicious! And...

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Lagos

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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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  • Tivoli Lagos

    Lagos Hotels

    The Tivoli hotel in Lagos is a nice 4 star hotel with good facilities such as a couple of...

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  • The Castle

    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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Madeira Island

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  • Portela

    Madeira Island Things to Do

    I must confess that I would never go to Portela by my own - it was a new name for me, meaning nothing. Well, it was a very good surprise, with, maybe, the best views that I had in Madeira. That's it - you will only know the island if you explore it in detail.My Portela page is poor, but, it was a good moment

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  • Hotel Calheta Beach

    Madeira Island Hotels

    Calheta has a marvelous marina and have the only beach of yellow sand. It´s situated in the West...

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  • São Vicente

    Madeira Island Things to Do

    When crossing from the south to the northern coast, in the middle of the area, we arrive to S. Vicente. It´s a nice small town, with a wide but rough pebble beach, with a restaurant in the centre of it.More details in São Vicente

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Évora

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  • Chapel of Bones

    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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  • Albergaria Do Calvario

    Évora Hotels

    Travessa Dos Lagares 3, Evora PT-7000-56, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Traditional Alentejo Food

    Évora Restaurants

    The good typical dishes from Alentejo, are prepared with conscience and respect for costumers and traditions. Going in a low season day, we found a service in a normal rhythm, unusual in those latitude. The three usual speeds in Alentejo (slow, very slow and stopped) were not respected, and we finished lunch in a very acceptable time, with a nice...

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Faro

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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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  • Tivoli Carvoeiro

    Faro Hotels

    Rooms are in need of a makeover - ours was noisey especially in the evening in the form of...

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  • Official animation

    Faro Nightlife

    Since tourism was discovered as a very important activity, most municipalities plan a wide animation program to fill summer nights.It's a good idea to check the programs - for instance, in Faro we had unexpectedly a great international folk festival giving life to the port. (While having a good dinner in a local esplanade...)

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Alvor

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  • Great Little Indian

    Alvor Restaurants

    Although only small The Indian Hut II (Indian Hut I is around the corner and much bigger) serves up some really nice food. We had a lovely meal here on our last night, We ordered Chicken Chat and shish Kebab to start followed by a Lamb Karahi and Chicken Pasanda with Pilau Rice and Garlic and Chilli Nan. It was all really tasty, service was quick...

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  • Alvormar - Apartamentos Turisticos

    Alvor Hotels

    The Alvormar Apartments are close to the old town of Alvor that still retains some authenticity.The...

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  • The Best Food In Town

    Alvor Restaurants

    This Restaurant certainly serves the best food in town, I love it. The food is Fantastic and it has a real local traditional family run atmosphere. As soon as you walk in the door you will know that you are on to something special, The Traditional Fishermans house type decor really gives it atmosphere and indeed the Owner of the Restaurant used to...

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Tavira

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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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  • Vila Gale Tavira

    Tavira Hotels

    This hotel is in a great location because its just near the path that leads to the ferry that takes...

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  • Blatant fake posts on Tavira

    Tavira Warnings and Dangers

    The posts re the irish bar are indeed fake. These people have never posted elsewhere on this website. I am here with my children right now and have been here for two weeks. The only "loudness" is sure enough British golfers who frequent a rather tacky bar on the riverfront. There is no right or wrong side of the bridge but for me the best...

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Ponta Delgada

See all 133 Ponta Delgada Tips
  • Carvão Cave

    Ponta Delgada Off The Beaten Path

    This is the largest lavic tunnel of the Azores, and perhaps the only one in the world inside a town: more than 1km length and 13m width. To visit this regional monument, you need to contact the Ecologic Association "Amigos dos Açores".Este é o túnel lávico mais longo dos Açores e talvez o único no mundo dentro de uma cidade: mais de 1 km de...

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  • Vila Nova Hotel

    Ponta Delgada Hotels

    Vila Nova Hotel is a relatively small hotel in the center of Ponta delgada and a really good choice...

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  • Bus from the airport to downtown

    Ponta Delgada Transportation

    Unfortunatelly there is no a public transportation linking Ponta Delgada to the airport. Nowadays, there is a shuttle bus provided by UTC company.Anyway, if you go as far as the old airport building (1km away) you will find a bus stop. From this point to the city centre is 3 km. Besides local buses, line A minibus has a regular service, from 07:30...

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Portimão

See all 66 Portimão Tips
  • Boat tours

    Portimão Transportation

    The coast near Portimão is beautiful, but the best spots are only reachable from the sea. There are several solutions to rent a boat, but the best are the day trips with a sardine barbecue in a beach. We did it as guests of a local operator and enjoyed the day.

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  • Tivoli Marina Portimao

    Portimão Hotels

    I got an awesome deal (40 euros a night for a four star) for through expedia to stay here in...

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  • Ferragudo

    Portimão Things to Do

    Protected by the breakwater of Portimão this beach is perfect for children. Going a little further, after the breakwater there a smaller beach also calm and protected by the cape. Crossing it, the open sea has a few beaches, some of them with private concession and with many people, some other harder to reach and almost empty. Lots of choice as an...

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Coimbra

See all 305 Coimbra Tips
  • A bigger mall

    Coimbra Shopping

    Located in he left side of the river, facing the city, this new mall is, as expected, bigger than its predecessors. What may we expect inside? The usual - same stuff, same shops, same brands, confirming that commerce is nowadays a sort of card game - they just shuffle and deal the same cards all around the world.Ah!The building is attractive. As...

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  • Vila Gale Coimbra Hotel

    Coimbra Hotels

    Vila Galé is a Portuguese chain operating both in Portugal and Brazil. They inaugurated their hotel...

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  • Chinatown

    Coimbra Shopping

    Chinese are taking care of commerce in Portugal. One after the other, local shops are closing, replaced by a bank, a pizzeria or... a Chinese store.They are discreet, not yet assumed as local community, but very soon we will have also in Portugal our several Chinatowns. In Coimbra, the streets around the Palace of Justice are already... Chinaland.

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Portugal vacations are pleasant surprises offering the opportunity for relaxation along some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe (not just in the Algarve), and some of its richest history. Set...