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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Portugal

Capital of Portugal

1Lisbon

4,208 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

    66,505 recommendations

  • Old Town

    66,028 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    62,527 recommendations

  • Food

    57,886 recommendations

2Porto

2,080 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

    47,115 recommendations

  • City Walks

    43,838 recommendations

  • Wine

    36,823 recommendations

  • Food

    36,255 recommendations

3Albufeira

1,158 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

    19,522 recommendations

  • Sandy Beaches

    13,044 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    10,717 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    10,685 recommendations

4Funchal

674 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

    9,145 recommendations

  • Nature

    8,230 recommendations

  • Food

    6,596 recommendations

  • Hiking

    6,190 recommendations

Best places to see in Portugal

Cristo Rei Statue
Monuments
Nothing like a giant statue of Christ for keeping up with the Joneses (or the Silvas). In 1934, Lisbon’s Cardinal Patriarch visited Rio de Janeiro and came back determined that Portugal should have its own Christ the Redeemer. And 25 years later – voilà! Towering over the opposite bank of the Tagus, complete with outstretched arms, was Cristo Rei. Well done your eminence!
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Clerigos Tower
Monuments
What’s a historical city without that quintessential tower sitting provocatively at its centre? Meet the Clerigos Tower, Porto’s very own baroque beacon. An indispensable piece of the city skyline, this tower is worth the trek up. When you’re at the top, piles of pastel buildings, terracotta rooftops, and forgotten city streets paint a pretty patchwork picture of Porto below.
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Port Wine Cellars
Popular Areas
Named after the city of Porto, port wine runs through the city’s veins like blood. Dozens of cellars and port wine merchants operate along the riverfront area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Take a tour of the darkened Sandeman cellars, where the city’s most famous export ferments in large barrels. Then head upstairs to the terrace overlooking the river, and relish the view as boats float past.
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Sao Bento train station
Train Stations
Travellers might come to São Bento for its trains, but they’ll get a history lesson, too. This building was once a monastery, but it swapped clerics for conductors in 1900. During the revamp, artist Jorge Colaço painted the ornate interior with sky blue panels depicting major events from Portugal’s past. The Portuguese prints are pieced together from 200,000 blue tiles.
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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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Cristal Palace Gardens
Parks
The tree-canopied lanes and verdant landscape of this park create a leafy haven for city dwellers. Make these gardens the next stop on your literary tour of Porto. Hidden within the lush greenery is a library. The adjoining garden also hosts Porto’s yearly book fair, Feira do Livro. The botanical garden's lawns and patches of grass make the perfect spots for impromptu picnics.
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What travelers love about Portugal

Scenery
Recommended by 236,552 travelers
Food
Recommended by 233,032 travelers
Tranquillity
Recommended by 231,002 travelers

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