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Things to do in Portugal

Wondering what to do in Portugal? Whether you are looking for an outdoorsy adventure or to explore the cultural side of the country, Portugal has much to offer any traveler.

Lisbon's buzzing nightlife scene makes the city a popular stop for European backpackers. An explosive sound system thuds through the A Capela where Internationals and locals alike can dance until the wee hours. For traditional Fado music try the aptly titled Clube de Fado.

The Jerónimo monastery a UNESCO world heritage site and the Arco do Triunfo monument are just two of the Lisbon's many historical treasures. Art lovers can peruse the vast collection of contemporary and modern art at Belém's Coleccão Berardo museum. Architecture buffs should stroll through the city's Parco das Nacóes.

In Porto, The Lello library with its red staircase and stained glass atrium is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world and certainly worth a visit. Or take a day trip to the nearby vineyards and sample some of the region's famous after dinner drink, Vino Porto. Home to a UNESCO world heritage center and capital of the Alenteio Province, Evora is known for its traditional wine, cheese and smoked hams.

Prefer to while away your days by the coast? Head to the Algarve and visit Salema, a quaint fishing village and home to one of the world's best secret beaches. Golf lovers can choose from a number of courses in the Quinta De Lago area near Almancil. Looking for a more action packed trip? Hike the rolling hills of the Serra do Açor or the high mountains of the Serra do Buçaco.

Other things to do in Portugal include world-class spa resorts like the Aquapura Douro Valley Resort & Spa and a network of over 137 museums and galleries throughout the country. No matter what you are looking for, a trip to Portugal is sure to delight any traveler.

  • A Capela

    The sound system is extra powerful and the crowd is scruffy-cute—intentionally so. Frequented by intellectuals and people from the arts, theater, a... More
  • Adega da Cartuxa

  • Aleksandar Protich

    A delicious array of rainbow-colored, fashion-forward dresses, skirts, and tops hangs from meat hooks in this converted butcher shop. More
  • Alves/Gonçalves

    The Portuguese society set shops here for sensual but practical ready-to-wear suits and couture gowns designed by a two-man team that's on its way ... More
  • Belém Cultural Center

    Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives) comprises five main area... More
  • BKWine

    Swedish wine writer and author Britt Karlsson, a Paris resident since 1990, organizes 20 tours annually to wine regions in France, Spain, Italy, Po... More
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

    The late Armenian oil tycoon's exhaustive collection, housed in a former estate, is considered by many to be the finest private art collection in t... More
  • Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa

    Fado, a melancholic style of acoustic Portuguese music dating back to the 1820's, is still an intricate part of the culture. It's mostly found at l... More
  • Casa Pereira

    This Art Nouveau jewelbox in the center of Chiado is the place for chocolates, fine coffee, and other gourmet treats. Created by the editors of T+... More
  • Caza das Vellas Loreto

    For a taste of the past, step into this shop that has been producing handmade beeswax candles in more or less the same fashion since 1789. There ar... More
  • Centro Vasco da Gama

    One of America's most significant retail exports is the mega mall, so it's fitting that Lisbon's version is named after the New-World explorer. You... More
  • Clube de Fado

    Clube de Fado is one of the top hot spots to hear Portugal's folk music and owner and guitarist Mario Pacheco has assembled a strong roster of trad... More
  • Confitería de Belém

    Pasteis de Belém, the city’s famous custard tart, is sold in a lot of places, but the freshest come from this small confectionery near the Jerónimo... More
  • Deli Delux

    Fine foods and wines (assemble a case to ship home some of the local vintages). More
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