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1Lisbon

3,433 properties in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon

Built on seven hills facing the Tagus River, charming Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. It showcases unique tram rides, intimate Fado performances, great dining venues and much more.

What Travelers Love About Lisbon

  • City walks

    49,984 recommendations

  • Old Town

    49,410 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    47,015 recommendations

  • Food

    45,589 recommendations

2Porto

1,483 properties in Porto

Welcome to Porto

Whether it’s wandering down a cute alleyway, past an impressive church or through the predominantly granite Avenida dos Aliados downtown, the hilly cityscape of Porto is impressively diverse. Overlooking the Douro River estuary, this merchant city features colorful homes; industrial bridges and the affluent river bank of Foz do Douro.

What Travelers Love About Porto

  • Old Town

    36,811 recommendations

  • City walks

    33,801 recommendations

  • Wine

    28,948 recommendations

  • Food

    28,873 recommendations

3Albufeira

867 properties in Albufeira

Welcome to Albufeira

One of the best Algarve resorts, Albufeira has wonderful beaches, turquoise waters and the dramatic, rocky coastline that makes this part of Portugal so special.

What Travelers Love About Albufeira

  • Beaches

    16,135 recommendations

  • Sandy beaches

    9,886 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    8,356 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    8,339 recommendations

4Funchal

511 properties in Funchal

Welcome to Funchal

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, charming Funchal is the capital of Madeira Island. It's an important base for tourists from all over the world that come to the Madeira hotels, B&B’s and resorts to enjoy their cliffs and beaches, as well as the island's slopes and colorful towns.

What Travelers Love About Funchal

  • Scenery

    7,563 recommendations

  • Nature

    6,856 recommendations

  • Food

    5,478 recommendations

  • Hiking

    5,169 recommendations

Best places to see in Portugal

Palacio da Bolsa
Landmarks
It’s strictly historic of Palacio da Bolsa. This neoclassical palace was designed as part of the São Francisco Church, but was rebuilt as the headquarters for the Porto Commerce Association. Today, it’s used to house permanent art collections. Make sure to pass by the Arab Room, a gleaming gold chamber that dazzles with its decoration.
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25 de Abril Bridge
Landmarks
With its winding streets, creaking trams and laid-back vibe, Lisbon is often compared to San Francisco. Makes sense, right? Well this massive red suspension bridge seals the deal. Originally called Salazar Bridge after the Portuguese dictator of the time, it was renamed to commemorate the peaceful revolution that ousted his successors. Who knows what they’ll call it next…
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Sao Rafael Beach
Popular Areas
A hidden gem. This little beach is tucked away behind cliff crags. These ancient, pock-marked strata of limestone create funky formations that encircle the sand. The cliffs are in a state of constant erosion from the lapping waves, which carve ever more indentations and holes. Pack up your towel and sneak down to Sao Rafael, but keep it to yourself or word will get out!
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Lello Bookshop
Landmarks
This ancient bookshop is a lit lover’s paradise. Inside, bookworms swoon at that treasured musty smell of worn paper and tattered tomes. It’s a sight to behold, too. Curving wooden staircases criss-cross in the middle of wall-to-wall shelves amassed with old copies of novels and plays. No wonder Lello’s always on top of “the world’s most beautiful bookshops” lists.
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Monument of the Discoveries
Monuments
Sail ho! This concrete caravel juts out from the banks of the Tagus, frozen in the act of casting off for uncharted waters. On board is a dream team of leading lights from the Age of Discovery, headed by Henry the Navigator. Ferdinand Magellan, captain of the first crew to circumnavigate the globe? Check. Vasco da Gama, who opened up sea routes to Asia? Check. Quite some crew!
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Sao Francisco Church
Landmarks
São Francisco Church is the epitome of opulence. You know you’re treading holy ground when you step into the warm, honeyed light of its interior. Look up in awe at its mass of gold, its intricate domed ceilings, and massive marble arches. You could spend a lifetime admiring the detail of the carved statues, banisters, and columns here.
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What travelers love about Portugal

Food
Recommended by 177,438 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 164,853 travelers
Old Town
Recommended by 155,600 travelers

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