Portugal, located on the Iberian Peninsula, is renowned for its breathtaking beaches, historic architecture, and delectable cuisine. When it comes to exploring Portugal there are countless locations worth seeing – Lisbon being its capital city boasting culture, history, amazing views from its miradouros as well as many incredible miradouros for views from. Porto also makes an appearance here with its gorgeous riverfront setting and charming old town; these are some of its must-visit spots!
1) The Chapel Of Bones In Évora
Evora’s Chapel of Bones is one of the most unique and macabre attractions in Portugal, dating back to its construction by Franciscan monks during the 16th century as a reminder of our transience and mortality. Inside are over 5,000 monk bones arranged into intricate designs on its walls; two desiccated corpses hang from its ceiling. However, visitors come from far and wide to witness this macabre masterpiece!
2) The Beaches In The Algarve
The Algarve region in southern Portugal is famous for its breathtaking beaches and crystal-clear waters. Offering over 100 different beaches ranging from intimate coves to wide stretches of sand, Praia da Rocha offers dramatic cliffs with golden sands that stretch for miles along its coast while Praia do Vau offers calm waters perfect for swimming. As well as beaches, Algarve also renowned for its seafood cuisine.
3) The Wine Cellars Of Porto
Porto is located in northern Portugal and is famous for its wine production, particularly its port wine. Visitors to Porto can explore numerous wine cellars along the banks of Douro River to sample different varieties and learn about winemaking history in this region. Aside from wine cellars, Porto also stands out with stunning architecture such as Dom Luis I Bridge spanning Douro River as well as Sao Bento Train Station – not forgetting Porto’s gorgeous architecture such as these!
4) The Nine Islands Of The Azores
The Azores Islands are nine volcanic islands located approximately 1,500 km west of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. Famous for their stunning natural beauty – lush green forests, volcanoes craters and hot springs among them – visitors to these stunningly beautiful islands can explore hiking trails that weave throughout them or take a dip in one of many natural swimming pools across their archipelago. Not to be outdone, local fishermen provide daily fresh seafood catch from these shores for tourists to indulge their appetite with.
5) The Boulder Village Of Monsanto
Monsanto Village in Central Portugal is known for its distinctive architecture that’s built around giant boulders dotted throughout its streets. Monsanto has won several awards for upholding traditional Portuguese architecture and visitors can explore its narrow streets, whitewashed houses, stunning countryside views and delicious food offerings. Along with architecture, Monsanto also stands out for its delicious food options!
6) The Venice Of Portugal, Aveiro
Aveiro is known as the Venice of Portugal due to its network of canals and colorful boats known as moliceiros, making for an incredible canal tour experience or exploring historic buildings and museums located throughout. Aveiro also features world-renowned salt pans used for centuries to produce sea salt production; visitors can learn all about it while tasting specialties such as salt cod or grilled eels while learning its history!
7) The Vibrant Capital, Lisbon
Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is famous for its rich culture, historic architecture, and stunning panoramic views from its many miradouros. Visitors to Lisbon can discover its various historic neighborhoods such as Alfama – known for its narrow streets and colorful buildings – or Belem, home of historical landmarks such as Belem Tower or Jeronimos Monastery – both located nearby. As well as historic attractions, Lisbon also has an incredible food scene that visitors should explore during their stay in Lisbon.
8) The Wineries In The Rio Douro Valley
The Douro Valley in north Portugal is famous for its vineyards and scenic river cruises, offering visitors breathtaking scenery as they sample different varieties of wine at its many wineries along the riverbanks and learn more about winemaking history in Portugal. Alongside wineries, Douro Valley also features stunning terraced vineyards, dramatic cliffs and charming villages which make up its beautiful scenery – not forgetting river cruises on Douro River or hiking trails which run throughout its region – perfect places for visitors of all kinds to visit!
9) The Serra Da Estrela Natural Park
The Serra da Estrela Natural Park lies in Portugal’s center and is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery and outdoor activities, such as hiking to Torre, its highest mountain peak, or exploring one of many hiking trails that crisscross it. Visitors also appreciate this park for its delicious food offerings such as cheese made from local sheep milk.
10) The Palaces And Castles In Sintra
Sintra, located just outside Lisbon, is renowned for its stunning palaces and castles. Visitors to Sintra can discover numerous historic landmarks throughout its streets such as Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, Quinta da Regaleira estate with beautiful gardens, secret initiation well and Quinta da Regaleira Quinta da Regaleira estate are just some of them! Additionally to these historic landmarks, Sintra also draws visitors with its delectable pastries made with local ingredients like almonds or eggs that make the town famous!