The 25 Best Things To Do In Portugal

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From golden beaches with amazing surf and cosmopolitan cities that never stop to grandiose palaces with stunning gardens and charming villages hidden off the beaten track, Portugal offers all kinds of experiences.

With such a huge choice of things to see and do, it can be tough to know where to begin. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the absolute best things to do in Portugal.

Known for its consistently clear skies and low levels of light pollution, Great Lake Alqueva in Alentejo is the best place in Portugal to go stargazing.

Go stargazing at Great Lake Alqueva

You’ll find some of the best sights in Portugal at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Lisbon. A former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome, this important religious building started out as a tiny hermitage in 1452.

Find peace at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Declared one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal,” this protected space boasts a one-of-a-kind coastal lagoon that is always changing because of the continuous movement caused by the current, wind, and tides.

Go birdwatching at the Ria Formosa Natural Park

One of the most fun things to do in Portugal is to join in with the Carnival celebrations. This huge festival is held each year between February and March when the whole country bursts into life with all kinds of loud, colorful events.

Get dressed up and celebrate Carnival

One of the oldest villages in Madeira, Porto Moniz is best known for its complex of lava pools, which are naturally filled with crystal clear water from the neighboring ocean.

Swim in the natural pools in Porto Moniz

For one of the most unique things to do in Portugal, take a trip to the Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Here you can explore the grand interior and stunning gardens of the oldest palace in the country.

Discover the oldest palace in Portugal

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