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Top 7 Tourist Attractions in Portugal | Backpacking Destinations-Portugal

Top 7 Tourist Attractions in Portugal | Backpacking Destinations-Portugal

Portugal the country known for pristine white beaches, rugged coastlines, ever enhancing restaurant scenes, architecturally brilliant cities and lots of wine. Portugal is definitely one of the best destinations to visit in Europe.

Apart from the capital city Lisbon which is a hub for nomads and expats there is a lot more to discover around this magnificent land. The place offers you to have best local experience coz of being less crowded. If you are backpacker and keen to explore the hidden gems then Portugal is your stop.

When To Visit Portugal

June To September remains sunny weather in Portugal, and these are the months for many traditional festivals like the Sao Joao in Porto and the Santo Antonio in Lisbon.

If you find summer too hot, you can choose cooler months- November to February. Winter means less crowd and cheaper accommodation.

Tourist Attractions in Portugal

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city Lisbon is one of the main attractions that can leave you in awe at every turn. Great food, history, lovely people, mystical charm can make anyone fall in love with it instantly. The castle of St. George or the churches every building will make you praise the architectural brilliance.

How To Reach

Train: You can reach to Lisbon by a train. A journey from Porto to Lisbon takes around 3 hours. If you’re travelling from Spain, you can take a train from Madrid to reach Lisbon.

Car: Portugal has excellent highways which makes it easy to get around. You can use Google Maps for direction.

Must-See in Lisbon

  • Castelo de S. Jorge
  • Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
  • Bairro Alto
  • Praca do Comercio
  • Alfama
  • Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Where To Stay

  • Bairro Alto Hotel
  • Solar Do Castelo
  • Olissippo Lapa Palace

Porto

Moving ahead of the bustling capital city one can surely experience the colors of life at the city of Porto. The city is perfect for getting lost meandering the narrow alleyways and steep staircases all leading to the Douro River makes for a fun afternoon.

How To Reach

Porto is accessible from all over Europe. You can rent a car and drive to Porto or opt for a high-speed train that connects to the city.

Must-See in Porto

  • Ponte de Dom Luís I
  • Torre dos Clérigos
  • Douro River
  • Jardins do Palacio de Cristal
  • Jardim do Morro
  • Livraria Lello

Where To Stay

  • Torel Avantgarde
  • The House Ribeira Porto Hotel
  • Moov Hotel Porto Centro

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Coimbra

Another city to lose yourself is the University City, Coimbra. The city houses the world’s ninth- oldest campus. The city of Portugal is perfect to get lost in the old streets or to sink in the bookish world charm at the beautiful old library. And to party like a student make sure you are there on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the students’ party nights.

How To Reach

Coimbra lies right between Lisbon or Porto so it’s accessible by train from both major cities. Besides a train, you can also drive to Coimbra by yourself in a rented car.

Must-See in Coimbra

  • University Of Coimbra
  • Biblioteca Joanina
  • Chapel of São Miguel
  • Machado de Castro National Museum
  • Monastery of Santa Cruz
  • Old Cathedral of Coimbra

Where To Stay

  • Living Santa Cruz
  • JR Studios & Suites
  • Solar Antigo Luxury Coimbra

When in Portugal hop on a river cruise, visit the Lello & Irmão bookstore, see a museum, or visit the surrounding Duoro Valley and of course not to mention its many vineyards.

Portuguese Architecture

Portuguese architecture is one of the best places to visit in Portugal. From the religious Baroque monument to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary the religious monuments in the city of Braga are must to be explored.

  • The Abbey of Santa Maria: Europe’s largest building of the Cistercian order
  • Templar Castle: The headquarters for Knights Templar in 12th century, contains country’s most impressive monument- the Convent of Christ
  • Bom Jesus Sanctuary: Built in 18th century, it’s protected under UN’s World Heritage List

You can wander around the abbey at your leisure and find out more about the different parts of the building: its five cloisters, seven dormitories, a library, and huge kitchen.

Get Adventurous In Portugal

Stand at the edge of Europe at the Cape Sagres the house of the navigation school by Henry the navigator that has given some of the finest explorers to the world.

Aveiro the small university town at the silver coast is the perfect destination for the adventure lovers as here they can have fun with thrilling water sports.

Also Read: Best Travel Destinations In Portugal: Europe's Hidden Gem

When in Portugal you should never miss on the traditional Portuguese music which is an impeccable part of its culture. Fado is a very important Portuguese tradition, with at least 200 years of history. It’s very haunting and emotional music, sung by an individual.

Eat It To The Fill

Whether you are well versed with the taste of Portuguese cuisine or a first timer you can’t enough to satisfy your taste buds as the Portuguese food is a treat to them. Cozido a Portuguesa a platter of meats, sausage, and vegetables is a dish that comes in various regional variations.

  • Feijoada: Portuguese comfort food
  • Alheira de Mirandela: Dish with quite a long history and is extremely popular
  • Pastéis de nata pastry: Portuguese staple and you’ll find these delicious custard-filled tarts at any bakery
  • Port Wine: Do not miss the port wine

So next time when you plan a trip to Europe do remember backpacking through Portugal for best destinations and once you have been there, I can bet it won’t be just once.

 

 

 

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