From history to gorgeous beaches, Portugal offers travelers some of the best experiences in Europe.
Portugal is an absolutely underrated European travel destination, with amazing beaches, friendly locals, out-of-this-world food options, and much more! Let’s take a look at the 10 best things to do in Portugal!
1. Explore the Aveiro Canals
The beautiful Portuguese city of Aveiro has the Atlantic to one side and beautiful rivers on the other, but it is the incredible canal system that is an absolute must-see! Akin to the Venice’s famous canals, the canals in Aveiro are tranquil and romantic and a gondola ride as the sun sets is nothing short of magical.
2. Dance the night away in Lisbon
Lisbon is a bustling metropolis by day, but by night the locals sure know how to party! The nightlife in Lisbon is some of the best of all of Europe, from the clubs and the bars and more!
3. See the amazing aquatic life at the Oceanario de Lisboa
Lisbon’s aquarium is magnificent, with architecture that is definitive of the country, more marine life than you would expect, and friendly guides that will help you maximize your experience. Kids absolutely love this place, as it holds sharks, otters, and many more animals and fish they’ll enjoy!
4. Soak up the sun at Camilo Beach
The best beach in not only Lagos, but all of Portugal, is Camilo Beach. This beautiful wonder blends crystal clear water, amazing natural rock formations, soft sand, and delicious food options! The view is absolutely breathtaking, and the sunsets at Camilo Beach are some of the best in all the world.
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5. See Diana’s Temple
Built sometime in the first century A.D. by visiting Romans, the Templo Romano de Evora in the city of Evora is an amazing look back into time. These ruins of the Temple of Diana are a hauntingly beautiful reminder of what was, and at nearly 2000 years old are one of the oldest standing structures in the world!
6. It’s not Moops, it’s Moors!
The Castle of the Moors in Sintra is a beautiful medieval castle that was built by the invading Moors in the 8th century. The architecture at the castle is amazing, and the views from the castle reflect beauty as far as the eye can see. The castle sits on top of a hill overlooking Sintra, and can get windy at times. Be sure to pack a coat!
7. Enjoy the watersports of Vilamoura
From speedboat racing to dolphin watching to parasailing, there is plenty for every water enthusiast to do at the marina in Vilamoura! Just be sure to bring a waterproof camera!
8. Go shopping in Tavira
This beautiful little city in Portugal has much to do, but shopping for small trinkets and souvenirs is surprisingly famous here. Casa das Portas in particular has high quality goods and a variety that is second to none.
9. Attend one of the world’s oldest rock festivals
The Vilar de Mouros Festival is an annual rock and roll festival that has been going off like clockwork for over 40 years! From Elton John to U2 to Public Enemy, some of the world’s best acts have played the festival.
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10.See Madiera’s famed tropical garden
The island of Madiera is renowned for its beauty and tranquility, and the Monte Palace Tropical Garden is an incredible blend of both. Housing gardens, a waterfall, an art gallery, and much more, it is deserving of at least a day to fully explore all it has to offer.