Portugal

Portugal Travel Guide

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.

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

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

Lisbon's train station is a Santiago Calatrava design, and one of the most innovative in Europe.

Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of exposition rooms, a cinema, a bar and café, a bookstore, and a courtyard hosting concerts. The Saturday-at-midnight Fado is a must.

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

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

In a former bank in Baixa, you’ll find an exhaustive collection of contemporary furniture (Ponti; Studio 65) and vintage couture (Dior; Westwood). All of the 1,000 or so pieces at the Museu do Design were first bought for private use.

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.

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.

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

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.