- Capital City: Lisbon
- Form of Government: Republic
- Area: 92,212 km2
- Religion: Christianity 84,3%
- Telephone number: + 353
- Language: Portuguese
- Time Zone: UTC
- Population: 10,256,178 (2021)
- Currency: Euro (Eur)
Insanely beautiful capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is the maritime center at the mouth of the Tagus river, and it is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country. It has appr. 540,000 residents, the whole metropolitan area having a population around 2,8 million.
Oceanário de Lisboa
Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa, Portugal
Opened in 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century’s last World Fair, themed “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future”, and eternally binds Lisbon to the Oceans.MissionThe Oceanário’s mission is to promote knowledge of the oceans and bring up the public about the duty of protecting natural heritage, through changing their daily habits.While walking through impressive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn fascinating things about the oceans and, more importantly, how to make decisions in their daily lives that actively promote the conservation of nature.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (UNESCO 1983)
Address: Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
This monastery was built between 1495 and 1601 and is a gorgeous example of Manueline Gothic architecture. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Notable sights are the Church of Santa Maria, with Renaissance-like axial portal and Neo Manueline tomb of famous Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, Plateresco-style decorations of the inner courtyard of the monastery and Azulejo ceramic tiles in the refectory.
Pico do Arieiro
That 1,818 meter high peak is third highest of Madeira island and gives a beautiful vantage over the island and even the neighbouring island Porto Santo is visible when the weather is clear. It can be reached by car and its facilities include a parking lot, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. The peak is connected to another, Pico Ruivo, with a well-made footpath.
Ponta da Piedade
Address: Lagos, Portugal
Ponta da Piedade is a headland with a group of rock formations along the coastline of the town of Lagos, in the Portuguese region of the Algarve. Consisting of yellow-golden cliff-like rocks up to 20 meters high, they are one of the most famous tourist attractions of Portugal.
This coastal town in green Algarve is a famous tourist destination known for its maritime environment and good-quality golf courses nearby. It has approx. 13,700 residents and offers many kinds of activities including scuba diving, golfing and guided fishing trips.
Notable sights are Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro street full of open-air discothèques, cafés and bars, Praia dos Pescadores beach and the Almóada Castle.
This district consists of a lot of central Lisbon and it is the most elegant part of a city. It is a very easy sight for a calm walker. Notable attractions are the Avenida da Liberdade, 110 meter long promenade with tailoring shops and cafés, and the Casa do Alentejo with its Moorish-style courtyard.
Evora (UNESCO 1986)
This historic town in picturesque Alentejo is splendid for a day-trip or longer stay. Notable must-sees are the Renaissance fountain of Portas de Moura, the Royal Palace and the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval.
Praia da Rocha
This idyllic beach area consists of the southern part of the town of Portimão and it is suitable for powerboating and scuba diving. It is famous for the annual beach soccer tournament BSWW Mundialito.
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Fortaleza de Sagres
Address: 8650-360 Sagres, Portugal
This fortress is an idyllic vantage point giving view over the cliffs and the coast to Cabo de São Vicente. It is not classically constructed, but rather like a wall that divides the mainland from the headland. Notable attractions are the Rosa dos ventos, stone compass from the 16th century and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça chapel. There is also a small auditorium for showing a film about the Sagres’ role in maritime navigation history. Notable sight for a maritime aficionado.
Ribeira Square (UNESCO 1996)
This idyllic area includes the historic centre of Porto, which is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It spreads along the Douro river and it is a famous shopping district, serving bread, meat and fish among other things. Notable sight in the district is e.g. the Casa do Infante, where Prince Henry the Navigator was born in 1394.
Address: R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal
Opened in 1999 in Serralves cultural institution, this museum houses the exhibitions of contemporary art by various Portuguese and foreign artists. From the beginning, the collection and the various exhibitions have focused on the period following 1968. There are no permanent exhibitions, but the museum hosts five exhibits from invited artists every year. The exhibitions – normally three parallel exhibitions – are organized on a quarterly basis divided between 14 galleries. Definitely a must-see for the friend of art.