Prepare to be enthralled by Portugal. This small country at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula is packed with diverse and affordable attractions. It's a country dotted with hilltop castles and wrapped in stunning beaches. Visitors will appreciate the hat tip to Portugal's maritime prowess at the Monument to the Discoveries, which commemorates Henry the Navigator and the Portuguese overseas expansion. Lisbon Oceanarium immortalizes the centuries-old relationship between Portugal and the ocean.
1. 25 de Abril Bridge
2. Monastery of Alcobaca
3. Avenida de Liberdade
4. Belem Palace
5. Museu Colecao Berardo
6. Zoomarine Algarve
7. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
9. Cultural Centre of Belem
10. Igreja de Sao Roque
11. The Baxia District
12. Lisbon Oceanarium
13. Jardin Zoologico
14. Livraria Lello
15. National Coaches Museum
16. National Museum of Ancient Art
17. Padrao dos Descobrimentos
18. Palace of Ajuda
19. Palace Mafra
20. Palace of Queluz
21. Roman Temple of Evora
22. Rossio Square
23. Rua Augusta Arch
24. Santa Justa Lift
25. Bom Jesus do Monte
What is Portugal known for? What to do.
What are the top attractions to visit in Portugal?
The top attractions to visit in Portugal according to local experts are:
- 25 de Abril Bridge
- Monastery of Alcobaca
- Avenida de Liberdade
- Belem Palace
- Museu Colecao Berardo
- Zoomarine Algarve
- Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
- Cultural Centre of Belem
- Igreja de Sao Roque
- The Baxia District
- Lisbon Oceanarium
- Jardin Zoologico
- Livraria Lello
- National Coaches Museum
- National Museum of Ancient Art
- Padrao dos Descobrimentos
- Palace of Ajuda
- Palace Mafra
- Palace of Queluz
- Roman Temple of Evora
- Rossio Square
- Rua Augusta Arch
- Santa Justa Lift
- Bom Jesus do Monte
Where to Stay in Portugal
Quinta da Casa Branca
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and grounds and a sprawling banana plantation, Quinta da Casa Branca is a luxe, contemporary hotel with a manor house annex that offers stylish accommodations, world-class facilities, and gracious hospitality. Located just a few kilometers from the beautiful Formosa Beach and the historic Cathedral of Funchal, the boutique hotel features refined, airy rooms with sumptuous living areas, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and deluxe toiletries, and modern conveniences such as flat-screen satellite televisions, minibars, coffee machines, and wireless Internet access. Some suites are located in a 19th-century manor house, and most rooms and suites have balconies or terraces with lovely garden views. An enticing breakfast buffet is served in the pretty garden pavilion, and other guest amenities include an opulent restaurant and bar with panoramic countryside views, a chic day spa and fully equipped gym, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a fully-stocked library, and comfortable lounge. Quinta da Casa Branca's 24-hour reception staff can arrange a variety of services such as private jeep tours around the Island, sailing trips and guided walks, car, and bike rentals and private airport transfers.
R. da Casa Branca 7, 9000-088 Funchal, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-70-07-70
The Yeatman is an award-winning boutique hotel that focuses on fine dining and rare vintage wines. The five-star wine hotel features the two-Michelin star-awarded Yeatman Restaurant which serves Portuguese cuisine made with fresh, local produce accompanied by fine wines, along with world-class facilities such as a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art gym, and an outdoor swimming pool. Beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites have spacious, private terraces furnished with sun loungers, ample living spaces and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and deluxe toiletries from the Caudalie skincare range, and modern conveniences such as flat-screen satellite televisions, minibars, coffee machines, and wireless Internet access. Lavish, cushioned seating areas around the outdoor pool offer unfettered views of the Douro River, and specialty Portuguese wines can be enjoyed every Thursday during customized wine tastings. Conveniently located in Vila Nova de Gaia, the Yeatman Hotel is within walking distance of the General Torres Station and the Douro River.
Rua do Choupelo, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-20-13-31-00
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Set high on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Alporchinhos, Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa is a spectacular Moorish-style hotel surrounded by lush tropical gardens with deluxe guest rooms and suites, several swimming pools and an exclusive spa. Spacious guest rooms and suites have sitting areas, private bathrooms, and modern amenities, and private balconies or terraces boast charming views of the Atlantic Ocean and Armação de Pêra. The luxury Vila Vita’s Spa features 12 treatment rooms, a yoga garden pavilion and offers revolutionary body sculpting techniques, and a fully equipped gym, tennis courts, and mini-golf are available for keeping fit. The resort is also home to ten restaurants and six bars, a fully stocked wine cellar with rare vintages, an on-site nursery, and a children’s play park.
Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos, 8400-450 Porches, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-82-31-01-00
Six Senses Douro Valley
Set on a hill with breathtaking views of the patchwork terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley and the meandering Douro River, the Six Senses Douro Valley is a superb five-star hotel set in a newly renovated 19th-century manor house with world-class facilities. Combining the rich history of the region with unrivaled grace and charm, Six Senses Douro Valley features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with contemporary interiors, classical décor, en-suite bathrooms, rain showers, and designer toiletries, modern comforts such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, minibars, and complimentary wireless Internet. Luxury facilities include an exclusive spa and wellness center with ten treatment rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool, aromatic saunas, arctic showers, and water beds. There is also a state-of-the-art gym with professional trainers, a Wine Library, and an award-winning restaurant serving gourmet cuisine and fine wines from around the world.
Quinta Vale de Abrão, 5100-758 Samodães,Lamego, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-54-66-06-00
Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
Nestled in a lush, sub-tropical garden on a hilltop overlooking the Tagus River, the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel is a luxurious five-star hotel that was built in 19th-century and offers an unparalleled experience. Exuding an Old-World charm and grace, the elegant hotel features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with spacious seating areas, marble bathrooms with deluxe amenities, satellite televisions, and balconies and spectacular views of the Tagus River, swimming pool or the gardens. Upscale facilities at the hotel include an exclusive spa and wellness center with a sauna and a Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a fully equipped modern gym. The Restaurant Hotel Lapa serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine and regional wines, and signature cocktails and fresh fruit juices can be enjoyed at Le Pavillion. The hotel’s stylish outdoor terrace hosts live music in the summer months.
Rua do Pau de Bandeira 4, 1249-021 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-13-94-94-94
InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas
Set in an exquisitely renovated 18th-century palace in the historical center of Porto, the InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas is a luxurious five-star hotel with deluxe guest rooms and suites overlooking the city and the iconic Clérigos Tower, and high-end facilities such as an exclusive spa and state-of-the-art fitness center. Stylishly appointed guest rooms and suite have contemporary décor with period elements and antique furnishings, high ceilings, marble en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and designer toiletries, modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. The Restaurant Astoria serves a variety of traditional Portuguese dishes with a contemporary twist, along with a selection of fine Portuguese wines and the Cardosas Bar offers signature cocktails, port wines and craft beers in a relaxing setting. The lively Galerias de Paris, the UNESCO World Heritage Ribeira area, and the City Market Bolhão are all a short walk from the hotel.
Praça da Liberdade 25, 4000-322 Porto, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-20-03-56-00
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The Cliff Bay
Set high on a cliff of a natural peninsula, The Cliff Bay is a sophisticated hotel with provides panoramic Atlantic Ocean views and private access to the beach. Boasting an award-winning, two-Michelin star restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and top-of-the-range spa and wellness facilities, the boutique hotel is the perfect choice for travelers wanting relaxation, nature and gorgeous scenery. Elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites have marble en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and designer toiletries, modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet, and furnished balconies provide unfettered ocean views. Other deluxe facilities at the hotel include tennis courts, a games room, and library, and three casual cafés and bars overlooking the sea. The Cliff Bay is located within a five-minute drive from the center of Funchal.
Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-70-77-00
Myriad by SANA Hotels
Located on the banks of the Tagus River and with panoramic views, the MYRIAD by Sana Hotels is a futuristic oasis that offers luxurious, contemporary accommodation, high-end facilities, including a high-end spa and wellness center, an indoor swimming pool and gourmet restaurant, and world-class service and hospitality. Spacious guest rooms and suites have stylish décor and furnishings, and beautiful views of the Lisbon, Tagus River, and Vasco da Gama Bridge, along with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. The highly acclaimed restaurant serves traditional Portuguese and international cuisine, and bar offers a large selection of cocktails and snacks and evening entertainment. The striking modern hotel is close to the MEO Arena.
Lote 2.21.01, Parque das Nações, R. Cais das Naus, 1990-173 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-11-10-76-00
Belmond Reid's Palace
Set high on a cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Belmond Reid's Palace is a luxurious five-star retreat with an exclusive oceanfront spa, three swimming pools, and spectacular, panoramic views. Nestled among ten acres of lush, sub-tropical grounds gardens and grounds, the award-winning hotel features elegantly appointed and beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites with plush décor, marble en-suite bathrooms with designer toiletries, fully stocked minibars, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. High-end facilities include three swimming pools, tennis courts a fully-equipped gym with state-of-the-art equipment, and two world-class restaurants serving gourmet cuisine and vintage wines. The Belmond Reid's Palace is a short walk to Funchal city center and close to Praia Formosa Beach.
Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-71-71-71
The luxurious Conrad Algarve is an award-winning five-star resort-style hotel set in the golfers’ paradise of Quinta do Lago. Boasting a sleek, contemporary design, the hotel with palm trees and water features, the large hotel features modern guest rooms and suites with stylish décor and furnishings, marble en-suite bathrooms with rain showers, ample living areas, and modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, MP3 sound systems, Nespresso coffee machines, and complimentary wireless Internet. High-tech rooms and suites have large windows and private balconies with beautiful views of the swimming pool and palms, and guests can unwind in the hotel’s exclusive spa and wellness center which features an indoor swimming pool, sauna, and fully-equipped fitness center. Three highly acclaimed restaurants and bars serve a range of cuisine from traditional Portuguese fare to the Mediterranean and South American specialties, and signature cocktails are served on the pool deck. Guests can also enjoy a round of golf on one of the surrounding golf courses.
Estrada da Quinta do Lago, 8135-106 Almancil, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-89-35-07-00
Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club
Set on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with 400 meters of private seafront, the Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club is a five-star country inn-style hotel with spacious accommodations boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic and the Deserted Islands. The hotel features three swimming pools, two of which are at sea level with sea water and private access to the sea, with the third is heated at the hotel level. Beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites have nautical motifs and traditional hand-painted tile panels, en-suite bathrooms with double basin sinks, bathrobes, slippers, and deluxe toiletries, and modern amenities. A gourmet à la carte restaurant serves Mediterranean and local Portuguese cuisine, and a pool bar serves signature cocktails and other libations. Facilities include tennis courts, a day spa and gym, and the nearby Santo da Serra championship golf course.
Quinta Dr. Americo Durao Sitio Da Terca, 9100-187 Santa Cruz, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-52-02-90
Set in a beautifully preserved 19th-century building overlooking Restauradores Square with spectacular views of St. George's Castle in central Lisbon, the Avenida Palace is an iconic, opulent hotel dating back to 1892. Located next to the Restauradores metro station and a short walk from the historic Rossio Square and the Castelo de São Jorge, the luxury hotel features plush guest rooms and suites with marble en-suite bathrooms, spacious living rooms, whirlpool tubs, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, iPads, coffeemakers, and complimentary wireless Internet. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served every morning and afternoon tea is available in an elegant lounge with a high glass ceiling, a genteel, English-style bar serves fine wines from around the world, and a modern fitness room has state-of-the-art equipment for keeping fit.
R. 1º de Dezembro 123, 1200-359 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-13-21-81-00
Four Seasons Ritz
Exuding the grace and charm akin to all Four Seasons hotels, the Ritz is a luxurious, five-star retreat with lavish guest lodgings, high-end facilities and amenities, and award-winning service. Located next to Eduardo VII Park with unparalleled views over the park, the hotel features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with elegant décor and classic elements, marble en-suite bathrooms with free L’Occitane toiletries, and private balconies with breathtaking views. A sumptuous buffet-style breakfast is served every morning in the chic Varanda Restaurant, and the Ritz Bar’s summer terrace serves signature cocktails in the summer months. Deluxe facilities include an exclusive spa and wellness center that offers Ayurvedic rituals and acupuncture and lymphatic drainage treatments, a fully-equipped fitness center on the 11th floor with an outdoor running track overlooking Lisbon, and an indoor swimming pool boasting views of the hotel gardens and Lisbon's Eduardo VII Park. The trendy Avenida da Liberdade and the iconic São Jorge Castle is a short stroll away.
R. Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 1099-039 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-13-81-14-00
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Bairro Alto Hotel
Located in the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts in the heart of Lisbon's city center, the Bairro Alto Hotel is a luxurious hotel set in a historical building from the 18th century with an elegant façade that features beautifully appointed accommodations overlooking the Tagus River. Traditional guest rooms and luxury suites have designer décor, period pieces, and elegant living areas with sofa beds, along with marble en-suite bathrooms, rain showers, deluxe toiletries, and private balconies with breathtaking views. An award-winning restaurant serves exceptional cuisine against a backdrop of river and Old Town views, and a chic rooftop lounge is the best place to sip cocktails at sunset. The Bairro Alto Hotel is within walking distance of many boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants, as well as Rossio Square and S. Jorge Castle.
Praça Luís de Camões 2, 1200-243 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-13-40-82-88
Penha Longa Resort
Nestled in the tranquil Sintra Mountains, the Penha Longa Resort is luxurious resort set on a historic estate that dates back to the 14th century and features deluxe accommodations, eight gourmet restaurants, including two Michelin Star restaurants, two world-class golf courses, and a Thai-inspired spa and wellness center. The hotel’s 194 well-appointed guest rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, modern comforts such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. High-end facilities include two Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf courses, a 1,500-square-meter spa and wellness center, exceptional dining facilities, a fully-equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, squash, padel and jogging tracks, and special children’s activities area with a playground and mini golf.
Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Linhó, Sintra, 2714 - 511 Portugal, Phone: +35-12-19-24-90-11
Located on the Avenida da Liberdade, the luxurious five-star Valverde boutique hotel offers chic guest rooms with bold feature walls, sophisticated and functional furniture, objets d’art from the 1950s, and private bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers. Modern comforts include Delta coffee machines, flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet. The Sitio Valverde Restaurant and Patio serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and hosts themed dinners and live music throughout the week, and guests can enjoy signature cocktails on the patio overlooking the outdoor swimming pool. A 24-hour reception desk offers concierge services, transport services, car rental and reservations for theater shows.
Avenida da Liberdade, 164, 1250-146 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-10-94-03-00
Surrounded by beautiful green parklands in Vidago, the majestic Vidago Palace is a luxurious hotel that blends the Belle Epoque style with modern luxuries to provide an unrivaled experience. The elegant five-star retreat features stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites with chic décor, floor-to-ceiling windows, work desks, private bathrooms with showers, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. High-end facilities include a luxury spa and wellness center, indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a vanity pool, and an 18-hole golf course. Four highly acclaimed restaurants serve an array of various international cuisine accompanied by the region’s most famous export wine from Vidago’s wine cellar.
Parque de 5-307, Vidago, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-76-99-09-20
Hotel Quinta do Lago
Set in the pristine Ria Formosa Natural Park in Quinta do Lago, the Hotel Quinta do Lago is a five-star seafront hotel with exclusive access to a beautiful private sandy beach, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a luxury spa offering an array of rejuvenating treatments. Spacious and elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites have marble en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and designer toiletries, modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. Private balconies boast breathtaking views over the Ria Formosa’s lagoon, the hotel's exquisite gardens or the ocean. The Brisa do Mar restaurant serves traditional Algarvian cuisine on an open-air terrace with panoramic views, and the Ca’ d'Oro offers fine Venetian cuisine in an intimate ambiance. The Laguna Piano Bar offers signature cocktails, champagne, fine wines and imported spirits against a backdrop of awe-inspiring vistas.
Av. André Jordan, 8135-024 Almancil?, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-89-35-03-50
Quintinha São João
Set in lush, landscaped gardens just a few kilometers from Praia Formosa Beach and the Madeira Botanical Gardens, the Quintinha São João is a five-star luxury hotel with stylish accommodations and world-class facilities. Beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites have living areas and furnished balconies with garden views, and modern amenities such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, minibars, coffee machines, and complimentary wireless Internet. Upscale facilities at the hotel include a deluxe spa with indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, two highly acclaimed restaurants serving Portuguese and international cuisine, as well as Goan specialties, a fully equipped gym, and two elegant bars. There is an indoor car park at the hotel and a free shuttle service to and from Funchal Marina.
Levada de S. João 4, 9000-191 Funchal, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-74-09-20
Hotel Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux
Set in a beautifully restored 16th-century manor, Hotel Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux is a luxury boutique hotel with spectacular views over the Tâmega River in central Amarante. The award-winning hotel features exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites with plush décor and antique furnishings, marble en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and designer toiletries, modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, coffee machines, and complimentary wireless Internet. A gourmet restaurant serves globally-inspired cuisine, vintage and rare wines from the nearby Douro Valley and champagne produced in-house, and high-end facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, a solarium, bikes to rent and golf nearby. Hotel Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux is located less than one hour from both Porto and the Douro Valley, and a free shuttle service is available from the airport.
Largo do Paço 6, 4600-017 Amarante, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-55-41-08-30
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
Set on the banks of the Targus River, the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa is a contemporary spa hotel with a renowned luxury spa, and a rooftop pool overlooking the ocean. Located a short walk away from the Berardo Collection Museum and the Belem train station, the hotel features plush guest rooms with flat-screen televisions, minibars, Nespresso machines, and complimentary wireless Internet. Suites have separate living areas, whirlpool tubs, and private balconies with beautiful views. A gourmet breakfast is served every morning, and an acclaimed restaurant offers local cuisine in an elegant setting. Other amenities include a casual café and hip bar, a charming garden, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, and a fully equipped fitness room.
Doca do Bom Sucesso, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-10-40-02-00