Portugal holidays are highly popular amongst tourists and it’s clear to see why. With a variety of unique beaches on its south coast, boasting fascinating rock formations and tons of landmarks (which share medieval and Gothic influences), Portugal is a suitable location for all types of different holidaymakers. From families looking for a fun summer holiday to couples searching for a romantic break away, this is the place. Whoever you’re travelling with and however long you’re going for, you’re sure to be on the look out for some of Portugal’s top sights. If you’re not sure what you should be looking out for, we’ve got the ultimate guide on the top places to visit in Portugal.
Discover the beautiful Pena Palace located in Portugal’s municipality of Sintra. The municipality is well known for its Romantic buildings and sights. That’s exactly what makes the Pena Palace so fascinating. This piece of architecture is considered to be a major icon within 19th-century Romanticism. It also holds political importance as it is used as a location for certain state occasions by the president and other Portuguese governmental officials. Since 1995, Pena Palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lagos is a little town situated in Portugal’s southern region of the Algarve. As well as being a nice relaxing spot for a Portugal holiday, there are a few sights to see around here. Firstly, the Castle of Lagos is worth a visit. Then, there’s the Church of Santo Antonio with its interior featuring stunning detail and decoration that you have to witness. But the main attraction of Lagos for us is the magnificent cliffs that surround turquoise blue waters along Portugal’s coastline. Camilo Beach is a fantastic spot to see these cliffs as it really is postcard-worthy!
Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
This natural park features a 2-mile stretch of coastal scenery including rocky cliffs. If you love the outdoors, this is a wonderful day out, where you can enjoy wildlife and fauna as well as fascinating landscapes. The Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is one of the few natural parks which are under Portuguese protection, stating the significance and value it brings to the country. The area is completely untouched. The coastline along the natural park has stayed exactly the same for a very long time (we’re talking thousands of years here!)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site can be found in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. This 16th-century fortified tower holds importance due to its role in the Portuguese nautical discoveries during the era of the Age of Discoveries. Belem Tower was part of a defence scheme situated along the Tagus river and it served as an official entrance into Lisbon. The architecture of Belem Tower has been influenced by a couple of different styles, including the Portuguese Manueline style.
Benagil is a small fishing village on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. It is also well known for its stunning cave which has become a trademark of Portugal holidays. The cave can be found on the famous Marinha Beach, considered to be one of Europe’s top ten most beautiful beaches! It’s not just Marinha Beach’s cliffs and caves that make it renowned, but also its crystal clear turquoise waters. No wonder Marinha Beach has won so many awards!