The Most Unique Things to Do in Portugal

Thinking where to visit in Portugal? Then this list is for you!

Portugal is one of the best countries you can visit in the European Union. If you are looking for hospitable locals and plenty of unique sites to visit, then Portugal is for you! You may have already booked a trip and wonder what you can do during your visit.

If this is the case, we got you covered. Below, you’ll find some of the fantastic things to do in Portugal. We highly recommend trying each of them or at least most of them before your departure, and we assure you that you’ll love all these experiences.

15 Things to Do in Portugal

Below, you will find 15 unique things that you are going to love! Depending on your interests, you are going to have plenty of fun. So, let’s start without losing any more time!

Drink Wine at Porto Calem

The Cellars of Porto Calém.

Porto Calem dates back to 1859, and it is one of the most famous wineries in Portugal. Whether you enjoy alcoholic beverages or not, you need to visit this fantastic venue. You can take part in guided tours and visit the museum to learn more about this venue and the famous Calem family.

Explore Porto Moniz

Aerial View of The Village of Porto Moniz - Madeira Island

If you are looking for a stunning view of Portugal, then Porto Moniz should be your destination. You are going to love the swimming pools built between the rocks, and it is one of the best destinations to enjoy a sunny day in the country.

Visit Formosa Natural Park

“Faro” by Miltos Gikas is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Formosa Natural Park was created to protect the natural habitat. You can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of salt pans, lakes, small inlets, dunes, and much more during your visit. It’s also an excellent destination for those who love observing birds.

Enjoy a Day in Ribeira District

Ribeira District - Porto

Ribeira District is one of the iconic destinations in Portugal, and you shouldn’t miss your chance to spend a day here. If you enjoy the nightlife or fine dining, you will love this district a lot.

Take a Walk in Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca Lighthouse

Cabo da Roca is located in the western regions of Portugal, and it is the most famous coast in Europe. You can take a relaxing walk here and witness the world-famous lighthouse.

Eat Cakes in Amarante

“A stroll by the river XII” by Pedro is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Amarante is famous for its delicious cakes and patisserie. If you are looking for a unique taste and perfect example of Portuguese cuisine, you should not miss your chance to visit here.

Climb Torre de Belem

Belém Tower - Lisbon

Torre de Belem is the iconic tower of Portugal, which was built in 1521. It is located in Lisbon, and you can easily visit this amazing tower. Don’t forget to climb the tower and enjoy the spectacular scenery from its top.

Sunbathe in Matosinhos Beach

“Matosinhos sea” by Yellow.Cat is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you are visiting Portugal for holiday purposes and looking for a great destination to enjoy the sun, then Matosinhos Beach is the perfect choice for you. It is located in the northern part of the country and offers many daily activities.

Visit Palacio Nacional de Sintra

National Palace of Sintra (Palácio Nacional de Sintra)

Palacio Nacional de Sintra dates back to the 14th century, and it’s one of the must-visit destinations in Portugal. It is also famous for being the oldest palace in Portugal.

Visit Oceanário de Lisboa

“Oceanário de Lisboa - Portugal” by Vitor Oliveira is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you are traveling with your children or love marine life, then Oceanario de Lisboa should be your first choice. Here, you can learn more about marine life and witness some of the mighty creatures living in our oceans.

Admire Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos)

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is one of the essential destinations in Portugal, and it is located in Lisbon and serves as a church and monastery. If you plan to learn more about Portuguese history, you shouldn’t miss this opportunity.

Visit Archaeological Treasures in Evora

Cathedral of Évora - Roman Catholic church in the city of Évora, Portugal

Romans settled in the area in 57 BC, and by visiting archaeological treasures in Evora, you can witness some of the finest examples of Roman architecture. You can enjoy the finest examples of gothic, baroque, and Romanesque styles here.

Visit Castelo de São Jorge

São Jorge Castle

Castelo de São Jorge is in the Baixa district of Lisbon and offers a panoramic view of the city. The castle was built in the 12th century and renewed a few times throughout history. You can literally experience a day in medieval times during your visit to this castle.

Climb Clérigos Tower

Clérigos Tower (Iglesia de los Clérigos) - Portugal

Clérigos Tower is another iconic structure in Portugal. This building was built during the 18th century and amazes everyone with its 75 meters height. If you are confident in climbing 200 stairs, you can enjoy a fantastic view from the top of the tower.

Visit Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

“Gulbenkian museum” by Francisco Anzola is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian has more than 6,000 artifacts in it with plenty of artwork. You will find belongings to many famous Portuguese figures in this museum. If you enjoy art, you should not miss your chance to visit this fabulous museum.

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