5 of the Best Cities in Portugal You Need to Visit!
We recently visited the beautiful country of Portugal and highly recommend this destination to you!
Perhaps because it is the capital, Lisbon is the city of Portugal most visited by foreigners. It is a large city with a huge historical importance, and that was the scene of several events and tragedies, like a great fire that destroyed much of the city. The capital counts with numerous tourist spots and incredible places for you to stroll and to know. Among the points of interest are: Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Jerónimos Monastery, Mirador de Alfama, Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and many museums of the most varied themes.
Porto is the second Portuguese city with greater territorial extension and that gave its name to the country, also of great historical importance. It is famous for being the port city of Porto and for its River Douro, which was a reason for music, poems, fados and where tourists love to walk at any time of the day. Like Lisbon, there is also a large and varied list of tourist attractions in Porto. If you do not have much time to dedicate to Portugal, rest assured that the distances are very short. From Porto to Lisbon, for example, it is only 2 hours by car.
Fatima is the city of three shepherds and receives many tourists from all over the world. But the fort of it is the religious side, so tourism is more on the basis of this question than properly by monuments or history. The pilgrimage is the main source of tourism in the city, especially in May and October, which are two important months for Catholics because it was when the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima took place. If you have a curiosity to know the Shrine of Fatima, the trip is very valid and interesting. It is also close to Lisbon, only 1h20 minutes by car.
Coimbra is a city located in the central region of the country. The city attracts many university students who pass through an exchange, have excellent teaching quality and also have the oldest university in Portugal. The University of Coimbra founded in 1290 being the first University of Portugal. See a three-day tour in Coimbra and visit all of its main tourist attractions, highlighting some of the university’s rooms and the Joanina Library.
The Algarve is the southernmost region of the country, this region attracts many tourists during the summer. This is because it is an area full of beaches, pleasant weather, ballads, and tourism. The Algarve is famous for its beaches, some sights, places and breathtaking landscapes and some important cities. Among the most frequented cities of Algarve, we can mention: Olhão, Albufeira, Portimão (capital), Faro, Tavira, and Lagos. See what to do in the Algarve and see how many cool options you have during the day and at night.
Ellie is a freelance travel writer, originally from the UK. Publishing for some of the top travel websites around the world, writing about everything from hidden gems to luxury hangouts all over the world, Ellie is currently writing for Travel Department.