Top 10 places to visit in Portugal
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Portugal is a fascinating and varied country that makes for a great holiday destination. This guide details our personal favourite top 10 places to visit in Portugal and will hopefully provide inspiration for your holiday or tour of Portugal.
No 10) Tavira, a traditional beach Town
Tavira is the charming beach resort that is located on the eastern Algarve. While many towns along the southern Algarve coastline have been dramatically transformed (sometimes for the worse) by mass tourism, Tavira has managed to retained its traditional heritage and character.
The pretty center of Tavira
The cobbled streets of the historic centre are lined with relaxing cafes and family run restaurants while the beautiful beaches are a short ferry ride away. Tavira makes our top 10 Portuguese destinations as it the best relaxed beach town of the Algarve and is easily accessible from Faro Airport. Tavira attracts a slightly more mature visitor and is a suitable destination for a week’s holiday. To read more about Tavira please click here.
The great empty beaches close to Tavira
No 9) Coimbra, university Town - Portugal top 10
Coimbra is the ancient university town of Portugal and is an intriguing mix of historic sights and youthful energy, imparted by the larger student population. These students are frequently seen throughout Coimbra dressed in their black robes either rushing to classes or later in groups performing classical songs.
Coimbra is an ancient university town
Coimbra is a small city which can be explored easily within a day but its location on the main north-south railway, partway between Lisbon and Porto means that it is a popular destination to separate the long journey.
No 8) Sesimbra, beautiful beach resort
Sesimbra is a pretty resort town that is to the south of Lisbon on the Setubal Peninsula. This small town is adored by the Portuguese who flock here during their short holiday season, while outside of the peak months the town is peaceful and unhurried.
Within the vicinity of Sesimbra is a beautiful coastline of craggy cliffs and glorious beaches while inland are the stunning forest covered hills of the Arrabida national park. Sesimbra is virtually unknown by foreign visitors but is only a short bus ride from Lisbon and the whole region makes for an enjoyable alternative beach holiday destination. To read more about Sesimbra please click here.
No 7) Evora, Historic Town
Evora is a delightful city that lies in the heart of the dry and arid Alentejo region. To discover more about Evora please visit Evora-Portugal.com.
The town is famed for its beautiful preserved Roman Temple and creepy bone chapel but the historical importance of the once trading town is reflected by the large number of national monuments contained within the city walls.
The Temple of Diana in Evora
Evora operates at a slow pace, brought about by the intensely hot summers but has a young university population during the term times. For visitors with a rental car Evora makes for a good base from which to explore the entire of the Alentejo region, while there are excellent bus services to Lisbon for visitors reliant on public transport.
No 6) Guimarães - Top 10 destinations in Portugal
Guimarães is the historic birth place of Portugal; from which the first king of Portugal was born and the fledgling country was established in 1128. The city centre has retained its historic appeal with cobbled plazas surrounded by gothic buildings and traditionally styled houses.
Guimarães city centre
The ancient stone castle stands at highest point of the city while a cable car transports visitors to the vantage point of Penha Mountain and its panoramic views over Guimarães, also there are enjoyable hiking trails. Guimarães is a charming and compact city that can be easily visited as a day trip from Porto.
The cable car to Penha Hill
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