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.

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 Jerónimos monastery.

The butter-soft lambskin and leather gloves rival anything you'll find in Paris, but at bargain prices.

Tours include tastings and a visit to the wine cellar. The Pimental family plans to open a 14-room inn on the property later this year.

Tours include tastings and a visit to the wine cellar. The Pimental family plans to open a 14-room inn on the property later this year.

In 1992, "bad-girl designer" Fatima Lopes opened her self-named shop and started her own brand of clothing in Bairro Alto. Lopes drew the fashion world's attention by strutting down the catwalk in the world's most expensive bikini made of diamonds and gold.

Though you're unlikely to schlep home a Knoll chair, don't miss a trip to Manuel Reis's design-furniture boutique, a stone's throw from Bica do Sapato.

Vineyard tours and tastings are by appointment only at this boutique producer in the Rio Torta Valley.

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 the world, holding a vast range of works, including Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities; medieval illuminated manuscripts; and Lalique jewelry and g

Ginjinha, the pungent morello-cherry liquor—a national icon—is best enjoyed at this venerable, peanut-size bar, near the National Theatre.

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The shop's collection of well-priced vintage jewelry includes some excellent pieces from the forties and fifties.

Here you can browse shelves lined with compulsory design reading or pick up vintage hand-carved cedar toy cars from TobeUs

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 late-night clubs, but you can hear a sample and get a lesson in its history at this quirky museum.

Located in the Parque das Nações district along the Tagues River, the Pavilhao Atlantico serves as Lisbon's largest indoor arena and is easily accessible from the Gare do Oriente transportation hub.

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