Portugal essentials

  • Capital City: Lisbon
  • Political system: Republic
  • Size: 70 280 km2
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 92%
  • Telephone number: + 353
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Time Zone: UTC
Helsinki provides flights to Lissabon through Finnair and TPA. Norwegian and Finnair fly to Funchal of Madeira Island.

Train travels from Lisbon to most of the major cities: Porto, Braga, Aveiro, Coimbra, Evora and Faro. There is a route to Lisbon from Madrid, Spain.

Finnish Embassy, Lisbon
Address: Rua do Possolo 76, 1 floor, 1350-251 Lisbon
Tel. + 351-21395 3040
Email: sanomat.lis@formin.fi  – Website: www.finlandia.org.pt
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Location: Lisbon

This district consists a lot of central Lisbon and it is most elegant part of a city. It is 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.

Photo: Ame de Vent Coeur de Te



Location: Alentejo Central. Bus and train connections from Lisbon.

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.

Photo: Jiashiang


Fortaleza de Sagres

Location: Sagres, Algarve. Nearest airport is Faro. Bus connections from Lagos and Lisbon.

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 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.

Photo: Joana Belo


Jeronimos Monastery (UNESCO)

Location: Praça do Império, Lisbon

This monastery was built between 1495 and 1601 and is a gorgeous example of Manueline Gothic architecture. It has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Notable sights are the Church of Santa Maria, with Renaissance-like axial portal and Neomanueline tomb of famous Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, Plateresco-style decorations of inner courtyard of the monastery and Azulejo ceramic tiles in the refectory.

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Location: Faro District. 250 kilometres south from Lisbon. Nearest airport is Faro. Train and bus connections to Lisbon and Faro.

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.


Praia da Rocha

Location: Portimão, Faro District. Train and bus connections to Lisbon and Faro.

This idyllic beach area consists of the southern part of town of Portimão and it is suitable for powerboating and scuba diving. It is famous for the annual beach soccer tournament BSWW Mundialito.


Ribeira Square

Location: Porto, Norte Region. Nearest airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro. Train connections to Porto from Lisbon and Coimbra.

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 the other things.

Notable sight in the district is e.g. the Casa do Infante, where Prince Henry the Navigator was born in 1394.

Photo: Jose A.


Serralves Museum

Location: Rua Dom João de Castro 210, Porto. Nearest airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro. Train connections to Porto from Lisbon and Coimbra.

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 must-see for the friend of art.

Photo: Madalina Ungur



Location: Coimbra District, Centro Region.

This lively university city houses appr. 143,000 residents and is the largest city in the Centro region. It has the oldest university of Portugal and it is known for its student festivals. Notable sights are e.g. the 12-century Romanesque Sé Velha cathedral,  the Upper Town and the da Ciência Museum.


Pico do Arieiro

Location: Madeira

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 facilitates include a parking lot, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. The peak is connected to another, Pico Ruivo, with a well-made footpath.

Photo: Matthieu Sévère

More info about Portugal in eurotourtrip.eu

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  • Lisbon

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