The 10 Best Things to Do in Portugal

August 7, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Portugal from Europe region, is best know for Tramways. Discover best things to do in Portugal with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Monte Cable Car

Avenida do Mar | Jardim do Almirante Reis, Funchal, Madeira 9000-900, Portugal +351 291 780 280
Excellent
54%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Monte Cable Car

Reviewed By Penny.M - England

We were staying in Madeira and purposely chose to do the cable car when there were no cruise ships in to avoid the queues. It is a good trip that provides great views over Funchal. It is probably one of the must dos in Madeira. No good if you are afraid of heights but we felt very safe. The cars run continuously and it is all very organised. We felt it was good value for money. You would not need to be on an organised trip to do this. Just walk to the entrance and pay, avoid paying the inflated cruise trip prices. It is a 10-15 minute walk on the flat Promenade from the cruise ship port in Funchal.

2. Ponte de Dom Luis I

Porto, Portugal
Excellent
66%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Ponte de Dom Luis I

Built in 1886, this bridge links Porto and Gaia.

Reviewed By Gary S - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Well we picked the wettest Easter on record to visit Porto.
We did the lower part of the bridge on the pouring rain and the return from the Dark Side by the upper bridge in what can only be described as crazy windswept outward bound type adventure. People were blown sideways. Umbrellas broken beyond repair.
What a day.
It's just a bridge...looks the bees knees. It was built back in 1792...so with those winds it has stood the test of time.
We were shot blasted but survived.

3. Quinta da Regaleira

Rua Barbosa du Bocage, Sintra 2710-567, Portugal +351 21 910 6650
Excellent
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5 based on 9 reviews

Quinta da Regaleira

Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and built at the turn of the 20th century, this romantic architectural complex is comprised of a Palace, a Chapel, and Gardens with grottos.

Reviewed By Kim G - Pacific Grove, California

Predating 1697, this intricately adorned palace of Carvalho Monteiro, received the loving craftsmanship of architect Luigi Manini, whose works include Milan's La Scala. Monteiro, a highly educated scientific capitalist, who graduated Law from University of Combria, was born in Rio de Janeiro, and of Portuguese decent. It was this philanthropist's concept for the "mysterious iconographical program" of this highly unusual property, with loving attention spanning from 1898-1912. The Palace reflects Romanticism of the time, and is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The expansive Gardens are intimate in their layout with unusual and hidden meanings, while the chapel bares Masonic markings. We walked to the Palace from town without much difficulty, although it was a distance. Strolling gives you an intimate peek at what lies ahead, as you pass by the detailed grounds and the ornate Gothic façade comes into view. The Palace was undergoing renovation to the 2nd floor, but the first floor offered such remarkable workmanship in stone and wood that we were altogether satisfied. Having served as the family's summer residence, the Palace was also known as "The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire". This is a highlight and must-see of Sintra!

4. Lisbon Oceanarium

Esplanada D. Carlos I | Doca dos Olivais, Lisbon 1990-005, Portugal +351 21 891 7000
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Lisbon Oceanarium

Opened in 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century's last World Fair, themed "The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future", and eternally binds Lisbon to the Oceans.MissionThe Oceanário’s Mission is to promote knowledge of the oceans and bring up the public about the duty of protecting natural heritage, through changing their daily habits.While walking through impressive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn fascinating things about the oceans and, more importantly, how to make decisions in their daily lives that actively promote the conservation of nature.

Reviewed By 28kath60 - Manchester, United Kingdom

Loved it, especially the Penguins. Made up for disappointment,net of not seeing any at the Zoo. Money well spent

5. Golf Integrated Academy

Urbanizacao Vila Sol 8125 307, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-307, Portugal +351 912 263 555
Excellent
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5 based on 205 reviews

Golf Integrated Academy

Portugal's most advanced coaching environment and our twenty years of experience will make your lesson simple, understandable and enjoyable. We know it is a bold statement, but we will improve your game. "Never be too proud to take a golf lesson, I'm not" - Jack Nicklaus. We are open Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.30pm, Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm,and by appointment on Sunday. If you would like to pop by outside of these times, give us a call and we would be delighted to ensure the Academy is open to welcome you. Additionally if you would like to go ahead and book a coaching session with us, please contact us and we will be delighted to help. It is advisable to book ahead due to demand.

Reviewed By Well_travelledmum_12 - London

As an irregular golfer, an invitation to play in a golf day caused me some consternation, and just one lesson at the academy bolstered my confidence sufficiently to play and I had a great day without embarrassing myself! Looking forward to booking more sessions in 2018.

6. Boca do Inferno Viewpoint

Rua Ribeira Do Ferreiro 117 Candelaria | Perto De Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel 9555-043, Portugal +351 919 501 266
Excellent
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5 based on 154 reviews

Boca do Inferno Viewpoint

Reviewed By DickandPaulineP - Worcester, Massachusetts

What a spectacular viewpoint of the twin lagoons. Beautiful place but parking limited, of course like typical places in Sao Miguel you can park partially on road. This is a must see attraction while on Sao Miguel. When you go to town of Sete Cidades you can actually cross between the two lagoons (one green, and other blue) and see up close. Nice little lunch place in town.

7. Historic Village of Monsanto

Monsanto, Portugal
Excellent
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5 based on 199 reviews

Historic Village of Monsanto

Reviewed By JillianT391 - Woking, United Kingdom

Monsanto is a picturesque village that is great to wander around - I always end up taking loads of photos. The castle at the top gives spectacular views, and you can have a lovely walk down the back and over the amazingly huge boulders...

8. Ponta da Piedade

Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Portugal +351 911 963 309
Excellent
81%
Good
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5 based on 3 reviews

Ponta da Piedade

Reviewed By OntarioJackson - Ontario

I don't know how we missed this lookout the last time we visited, but it has wonderful views of the coastline.

9. Quinta Santa Eufemia

Parada do Bispo, Lamego 5100-650, Portugal +351 254 331 970
Excellent
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5 based on 138 reviews

Quinta Santa Eufemia

Quinta Santa Eufemia was founded in 1864 by Bernardo Rodrigues Carvalho, and now is managed by the fourth generation of the Family who have been producing these fine old Douro Port wines, preservinf the alge-old-skills of winemaking and ageing.Situated on the left side of the river Douro, with over 45 hectares under vines, the vineyard produces grapes of the richest varieties, trodden in the traditional way and fermented on granite vats in order to extract their finest essences.The wine is aged in oak casks before being selectively blended to satisfy the most refined palates.

Reviewed By JimS48 - Toronto, Canada

Came on a tour with seven other people. One of the owners (Theresa) led the taste test. Her sister is the vintner. We tasted 1 white and four red ports. I know now which ports need to be drunk quickly because they will oxidize -...MoreThank you for your words, but please do not keep my port wine "forever"; do not forget that we need to sell some bottles ;)

10. Convent of Christ

Estr. do Convento | Colinado Castelo, Tomar 2300-000, Portugal +351 249 313 481
Excellent
81%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 2 reviews

Convent of Christ

Reviewed By Lindie_Cee - Venice, Italy

I enjoyed walking through the halls, cloisters and the rooms that were occupied bybyhe knights tenplar and later the nuns. The simplicity of the life was evident. The two preserved bodies were also interestjng. If you enjoy history i recommend a visit.

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