The country’s historical heritage, impressive architecture, mild temperatures, charming towns, and picturesque wine regions are just a few of the many reasons that make it a popular destination. Whether you are thinking of embarking on a Portugal wine tour and adventure in the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Douro Valley or a self-guided walking tour in Lisbon, here are some of the must-see attractions that should be on your bucket list.
1. Catedral da Sé (Évora)
To reasons to go: The Catedral da Sé or Sé Cathedral in the old town is a popular attraction not only for its awe-inspiring architecture that is a mix of Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque styles. Some of the things not to be missed when visiting the cathedral include the elegant interior and the breathtaking sweeping view from its rooftop.
2. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Lisbon)
To reasons to go: The sprawling Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular attraction in the city of Lisbon. It is a splendid and well-preserved piece of Manueline architecture. The monastery was once home to the Order of St Jerome monks. Explore its elaborate and dramatic Manueline cloisters as well as the stunning ornamentations that include beautiful turrets and columns.
3. Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Sintra)
To reasons to go: Palácio Nacional de Sintra is a medieval royal palace that dates back to a thousand years. The UNESCO as a World Heritage Site has many outstanding features including its two distinctive cone-shaped chimneys. Some of the top things to explore are the Capela, the Kitchens, Quatro de Dom Afonso VI, Sala da Brasões including its Manueline door frame and Coats of Arms room, Sala das Pegas, Sala dos Árabes, Sala dos Cisnes, and more.