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This page provides a list of the main things to see in Portugal. "++" identifies the top attractions.
My pictures of Portugal
  • Oporto: Se, Sao Bento station, Sao Francisco (+Tree), Torre dos Clerigos
  • +Marco de Canaveses: Alvaro Siza-Vieira's church (1996)
  • Lamego: Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
  • Mateus: Casa de Mateus
  • Braganca: Citadel. Municipal Hall (1200)
  • Viana do Castelo: Old town
  • Braga: Antigo Paco Episcopal, Old town, +Bom Jesus do Monte
  • Guimarae: +Citania de Briteiros (4th BC), San Miguel castle
  • Lisbon: Medieval town, +Alfama quarter, +Igreja da Madre de Deus, +Mosteiro dos Jeronimos/ Monastery of Hieronymites, ++Belem tower, Se cathedral, Castelo de Sao Jorge, Palacio de Sao Bento, Campo Pequeno, Oriente Station
  • Sintra: Palacio Nacional, ++Palacio da Pena
  • Estoril: Palacio de Queluz
  • Obidos: +Old town, Igreja e Santa Maria, Castle
  • Alcobaca: +Santa Maria monastery with royal tombs
  • Leiria: Castle
  • Batalha: ++Monastery
  • Tomar: Castle, Rua Serpa Pinto, +Convento de Cristo
  • Abrantes: Almourol Castle
  • Santarem: Old town
  • Santa Maria de Feira: Castle
  • Coimbra: +Patio das Escolas/ Old University, Se Velha/ Old Cathedral (+gilted altarpiece), Se Nova
  • Conimbriga: Roman ruins
  • Viseu: Se, Misericordia
  • Evora: +Se/Cathedral, Largo de Porta de Moura
  • Marvao: Old town, Castle
  • Crato: Flor da Rosa monastery
  • Vila Vicosa: Paco Ducal
  • Elvas: Walls, Largo de Santa Clara
  • Zambujeiro: Largest dolmen in Portugal
  • Almendres: Menhir
  • Monsaraz: Castle
  • Nazare: fishing village
  • Serpa: Porta de Beja
  • Beja: Castle
  • Almancil: Igreja Matriz de Sao Lourenco (18th c)
  • Faro: Old town
  • Madeira: Funchal
  • Azores: Sao Miguel, Terceira, Arquipelago Art Center of Ribeira Grande,
My pictures of Portugal
Notes (2021):
  • (2021) The Lisbon metro is complicated because first you have to buy a card and then add money to the card, and of course as a foreign tourist it will be difficult or impossible for you to know exactly how much money you need to add, so most tourists end up overpaying for a metro that in theory is cheap. That's how cities like Lisbon send customers to Uber. To get downtown from the airport take the Metro red line to Alameda and change to the green line that goes to Rossio.
  • Sintra: SCAM ALERT. Getting to Sintra from Lisbon's Rossio train station takes about one hour and costs only 2 euros (in 2021) but that's only the beginning of the adventure. From the train station to Palacio de Pena is about 5 kms, and would take more than one hour walking. Your choices are: tuktuk, taxi, bus 434. When you arrive at the Sintra train station you are welcome by many people trying to sell you transportation to Palacio de Pena. The information office nearby is NOT an information office: it only encourages you to buy a ticket for bus 434. Bus 434 is extremely expensive (11euro in 2021). Taxis are cheaper (in 2021: 8 euros to go up, 5 to come down). Uber is even cheaper (3-4 euros each way). Unfortunately there is no public transportation (bus 434 is disguised as public transportation but it is really just a tour bus operated by Scotturb). Don't forget that, whichever means you use, from the ticket office to the palace itself it will take another 15 minutes of uphill walking.
  • Lisbon to Batalha monastery is 121 kms. Rede Expressos operates a bus from Lisboa Sete Rios to Batalha 5 times a day. Tickets cost E10 - E13 and the journey takes 2h. But only the 14:30 bus seems to be operating, returning at 18:15 from Batalha: 12 euros each way.
  • Or get a tour to Batalha and other places. Many combinations available in Lisbon.