Located in Europe, bordering Spain Portugal is a beautiful country that offers plenty to see and do. Here you’ll find fairy-tale Medieval castles, a bright pink street, world-famous vineyards and tons of gorgeous beaches.
To help you plan your trip to Portugal, here are 16 bucket list things to do for the most epic trip ever.
Tour The National Palace of Pena
Pena Palace looks straight out of a fairy-tale. The eclectic and colourful blends multiple architectural styles and from its location high on a hill provides a wonderful lookout point. Pena Palace is one of the most popular sights to visit in Portugal and a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
See Igreja do Carmo
All over Portugal, you’ll find beautiful handpainted ceramic tiles decorating buildings. One of the largest and most beautiful examples would be on the Igreja do Carmo. The church is a must-see sight due to the stunning blue tiles on the exterior.
Walk Down The Initiation Well
The Initiation Well looks straight out of a fantasy movie. The winding spiral will lead you deep below ground to underground galleries. Despite being called a well, it was never used for water, but actually was the site for secret initiation rites.
Visit Belem Tower
Standing next to the water, the tower is one of the most iconic sights of Lisbon. The popular tourist attraction is a UNESCO site, and the 500-year-old structure is a wonder to behold.
Stroll Along The Pink Street
Forget the yellow brick road, you’ll want to follow the pink road in Lisbon! To find the best bars and restaurants you can follow Pink Street in Lisbon, Portugal.
Eat A Portuguese Tart
While in Portugal you need to try one of their delicious tarts! A Portuguese Tart is a custard tart and you’ll find ample bakeries selling this sweet dessert.
Play At The Sweet Art Museum
You’ll feel like a child again as you play at The Sweet Art Museum! The super fun museum is filled with colourful candy-themed exhibits. Here you’ll find a marshmallow swimming pool you can enter, a cake pop merry-go-round and even giant donuts.
Discover The Jerónimos Monastery
No visit to Lisbon would be complete without seeing the elaborate Jerónimos Monastery. You can spend the afternoon strolling through the grand structure.
Visit The Christ The King Statue
No this isn’t Rio de Janeiro, but The Sanctuary of Christ the King was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. The towering statue is nearly 100 feet tall!
See The Ruins Of Carmo Convent
Explore the Carmo Convent which was destroyed in 1755 when a massive earthquake struck Portugal. Now the site is no longer used as a church, but you can still visit the impressive site.
Enjoy A Panoramic View From The Santa Justa Lift
Get a birds-eye view of Lisbon from the top of this elevator. At the top, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the observation deck.
See Covão Dos Conchos
Covão Dos Conchos looks out of this world! The site is a natural wonder, a waterfall sinkhole located in a lagoon.
See The Natural Beauty Of The Azores
Nature lovers you won’t want to miss the natural beauty of the Azores. The Azores islands are autonomous Region of Portugal and the perfect spot to go hiking and whale watching.
Take A Boat Ride In Venice of Portugal
Head to Aveiro, which is called the Venice of Portugal. In this city, you can find brightly coloured buildings, and plenty of boats on the water channels just like you would find in Venice.
Spend A Day On The Beach
Spend the day relaxing on the beach on Portugal’s south coast. In Algarve, you’ll find some of the most stunning beaches in Europe. You could easily spend your entire vacation visiting a different beach every few hours and still not see them all, as there are 150 beaches in Algarve!
Go-Wine Tasting In The Douro Valley
While in Portugal you need to go wine tasting! For over 2000 years Port wine has been produced in the Douro region. In the Douro Valley, you can find plenty of wine hotels, including some that let you sleep in wine barrels. While here you can spend your days visiting the vineyards and trying the world-famous wine.