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Things to do in Portugal

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Portugal. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Portugal attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Portugal to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Portugal.

  • 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. Created by... 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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