Portugal

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.

Score rare fragrances from Saboaria Confiança, Miller et Bertaux, and Absolument Absinthe, as well as ceramics by Flemish artist Piet Stockmans.

To hear traditional Fado, hit the alleys of Alfama late at night; the melodies float out from restaurants and clubs. Parreirinha dates from the 1950's, and is a longtime favorite of everyone from foreign visitors to true fadistas.

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 traditional fadistas, including Maria Armanda and Machado Soares.

This Art Nouveau jewelbox in the center of Chiado is the place for chocolates, fine coffee, and other gourmet treats.

This 11 years-old Santos pioneer is local Paula Crespo’s temple to contemporary jewelry design.

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 can pick out clothing, jewelry, and dozens of varieties of port from the store's many offerings.

This small beer hall in Bairro Alto hosts Fado Vadio [Street Fado] nights twice a week.

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 to becoming legendary.

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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 are tapers, novelty sculptures, and scented varieties.

Opened more than 20 years ago by Portuguese musician Luis Dams, the Xafarix nightclub in Santos continues to offer performances by local musicians.

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

Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives) comprises five main areas: the Conference, Performing Arts, and Exhibition Centers and the Educational and Formation Areas.

The elaborate neo-Gothic façade of this former library barely hints at the opulence inside: carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and a gorgeous red staircase lit by a stained-glass atrium.