There is so much to do in lovely Lisbon, from exploring Belem Tower to the quality museums and seeing the whole city on Tram 28. And if that is not enough, any of the suggestions below make diverting day trips into the Portuguese hinterlands.
Enchanting Porto sits on the Douro River and has castles, churches, courtyard bars, a vibrant nightlife, and riverside walks to explore. But as always, there are pitfalls to be avoided when traveling. Before you go, here are a few things not to do in Porto.
In a small town east of Fatima in Portugal lies a big history enshrined in even bigger mythologizing and conspiracy theories. Tomar, a pretty little town on the River Nabao, was home to the Convento de Christo, a monastery of the medieval Knights Templar.
Walking around Lisbon, one of the most distinctive things that strikes you is the wall tiling. On both inside and outside walls of buildings, these beautiful traditionally blue painted ceramic or tin-glazed tiles can feature simple designs or complex narratives. Palaces, churches, train stations, houses, restaurants – azulejo pop up everywhere.
The ancient city of Braga was founded by Romans settlers more than 2,00 years ago and is considered to be the first Christian settlement in Portugal. Today its compact but beautiful center is crammed with nearly 40 wildly ornate Baroque churches. Around its historic heart lies a modern university town with plenty of nightlife and a champion football team.
Photogenic Porto sprawls along the River Douro, where slender, multi-colored houses covered with lacy balconies line the promenade. At its heart lies magnetic Ribeira, buzzing with love for life and crammed with castles, churches, and riverside walks.